ExpressTruckTax has some excellent news for the trucking industry! After nearly a 90-day delay, you are now able to complete your annual Unified Carrier Registration process for 2018.
Unified Carrier Registration, or UCR, requires that drivers and companies who operate a commercial motor vehicle for interstate or international commerce, register their business with the state and pay an annual fee based on the size of the fleet.
Luckily, the UCR fees for this year have been reduced by 9.1%; it doesn’t get much better than that!
You can expect that UCR fees will increase slightly for 2019. However, they will still be 4.6% lower than the fees you paid in 2017.
If you’re a broker, private carrier, or freight forwarder, you are required to register and pay also.
Why The Delay for UCR?
UCR’s usually are available on October 1 and close on December 31; however, this year was a different story due to legal questions centered around a proposal that was issued last September by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
The proposal sparked a lawsuit to be filed by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition against the UCR Board. To make a long story short, the coalition claimed that the UCR Board violated federal open meetings laws for the new fee structure and 2018 registration period to be discussed.
The court was in agreement that the UCR Board failed to provide the proper notice to the public about the meetings but decided to keep the decisions that were made by the board, but what does this mean for you?!
When Do I Need To Register & Pay My UCR Fees?Great question! You have until April 5 to register and pay your annual fees UCR for 2018.
Here’s what you’ll have to pay this year and next for UCR:
Where Can I Register & Pay UCR Fees?You can register, process, and pay for your Unified Carrier Registration, or UCR, fees in one place at Official UCR Board Certified Registration website.
April 5th will be here before you know it, so take a moment and handle your UCR requirements today while you still have time!