It’s Time To Register For The 2020 UCR


Trucker using CB radio. Filing for UCR registration

After being delayed several months while the FMCSA deliberated final rules, the 2020 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) period has finally opened!

So far, the FMCSA has not offered an explanation for the length of the delay, but according to UCR.gov, “For the third consecutive year, those businesses subject to UCR will see a reduction in fees.”

The FMCSA also claims that there will be no price adjustments in 2021, which hopefully means that there will be no delays for UCR registration next year.

But we will just have to wait and see.

What is UCR?

The Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005 replaced the Single State Registration System (SSRS) as the primary method for registering commercial vehicles that travel interstate.

In simpler terms, your UCR registration (along with your MC number and DOT number) grants you interstate authority.

2020 UCR fees

Fleet sizeFee
0-2$59
3-5$176
6-20351
21-100$1,224
101-1,000$5,835
1,001 and above$56,977

2020 UCR Deadline

Currently, the deadline for UCR registration is May 1. However, there will be another FMCSA meeting in March that could push that date back to June 1. 

The FMCSA does not recommend counting on a further delay, though. They suggest completing UCR registration as soon as possible to avoid any late fees.

Truck driving in field, filing for UCR registration

What you need for UCR registration

Now that the UCR registration period has opened, all you have to do is go to https://www.ucr.gov/, and enter your USDOT number to complete registration and pay your fee.

If you have been in business for the last three years, you will need to carry proof of UCR registration with you for all three years. 

That means you should have 2018, 2019, and 2020 UCR registration documents in your truck at all times.

What is a USDOT number?

USDOT numbers are required if you have a vehicle that hauls cargo or transport passengers interstate and that meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • Has a gross or combined weight of 10,001 lbs or more
  • Transports 8 or more passengers for compensation
  • Transports 15 or more passengers not for compensation
  • Transports hazardous materials.

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