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UCR – Unified Carrier Registration



The UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) is a base-state system that replaces the (SSRS) Single Registration System. Companies and individuals that operate commercial motor vehicles interstate are required to register their business. The registration should be in the participating state. You also have to pay an annual fee.


Who must comply with the UCR rule?

All Carriers, such as private, for hire or exempt, must register. You must also register if you’re a:

  • Broker
  • Freight Forwarder
  • Leasing Company

In other words, everyone in the trucking industry or using a truck.


What is the UCR Fee Structure?

Everybody who is registered must pay its UCR fee within the state you reside primarily. However, some states are not participating in the program. If your base state does not participate, you are required to pay the UCR fee in a neighboring participating state. The following states are not participating: Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Wyoming, and D.C. If you don’t pay your UCR fee, it will hurt your business.


Let us help you comply with the UCR!

DOT Operating Authority will handle all your registration matters, whether you are registered or not. We will help you comply the UCR, and get you the right insurance policy. We also have a lot of experience working in the trucking industry. So, with us, you have nothing to worry about. Also, we can help you operate inside the US and even across the borders. We will happily handle your paperwork. DOT Operating Authority is a pro at assisting trucking companies, brokers, motor carriers and other businesses that use vehicles. We can assist you with registration, updates or other matters.


UCR Renewal and Penalties

Renewing Your UCR Registration will  secure the smooth operation of your commercial motor vehicles in interstate.


If you don’t pay for the UCR, and are caught driving over state lines, your vehicle could be detained. Additionally, you could be required to pay additional fines and penalties. Depending on which state you’re from, the fine range from $100 to $5000 for first time offenders.


Whether you are setting up your initial UCR registration, or need help with your renewal, our professional team ensures your registrations and filings are handled accurately and in a timely manner.


UCR Enforcement Penalties by State


AL$100 first offense, $500 subsequent offense. No Out-of-Service.
AR$100-500 first offense, $100-1000 subsequent offenses.
CAState base fine of $300-$1,000, plus specific fees that vary by county.
CO$1100 first offense, $2200 second offense, $3300 subsequent. No Out-of-Service.
CT$170 fine.
GANone presently
IDMisdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six (6) months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both. A citation would require a bond to be posted, the amount to be determined by a magistrate judge, but probably around $300.
IL$300 first offense, $500 second offense.
IN$150 first offense, $1000 subsequent offense.
IA$250 fine.
KSCivil fines discovered at roadside $300, Civil fines through a compliance audit are $100-1000 first offense, $100-5000 subsequent offense.
KYRange of $25 to $250.
LA$250 fine.
MEA traffic infraction for which a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense and not less than $500 for a 2nd or subsequent offense may be adjudged.
MA$100 first offense, $200 subsequent offense.
MIUp to $500 for for hire carriers.
MN$100 fine, plus $78 in court costs.
MSMisdemeanor; $100 to $500 plus court cost and assessment fees that vary by county.
MOVaries with the county; with an audit, state can impose a general fine up to $2000 per day.
MTOnly a warning at this point.
NEClass IV misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $100. If evidence of multiple ongoing violations, law enforcement would seek a greater fine.
NH$100 plus penalty assessment for a first offense and $500 plus penalty assessment for a subsequent offense in a 12-month period.
NM$50 penalty assessment misdemeanor. With formal proceeding, up to $10000 per day.
NYWith formal proceeding, up to $5000.
NC$1,000 penalty for each offense charged in violation of the Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Article
NDNone presently but can hold IRP and IFTA renewals for UCR nonpayment.
OHOperating a motor vehicle in violation of UCR registration requirements -$500 per occurrence; any entity that fails to register and pay fees as required - $1,000; any entity that provides false, or misleading information on application - $5,000.
Ok$300 first offense, $400 second, $500 subsequent.
PANone presently.
SD$154 fine.
TNState base fine of $50, plus court costs that are county specific.
TXClass C Misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of $1 to $500 plus court costs. The fine amount is set by the assigned judge noted on the citation.
UTCVSA Inspections first time.
VAClass IV misdemeanor, $250 fine.


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