Unified Carrier Registration update

Board extending enforcement date, citations may still be issued upon discretion

Posted January 8, 2016

The 2016 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) year is upon us and enforcement for the UCR was supposed to start on January 1, 2016. However, a recent decision by the UCR Board recommended extending the enforcement date to February 1, 2016.

This means that if you haven’t yet filed for your 2016 UCR registration, you might catch a break.

A few reminders regarding UCR registration –

UCR applies to the following entities engaged in interstate commerce:

  • Private property carriers;
  • For-hire passenger, property, and exempt commodity carriers;
  • Freight forwarders;
  • Leasing companies, and
  • Brokers.

Carriers based in Canada or Mexico and operating into the United States are also subject to UCR.

There are a handful of states that do not participate in UCR but that doesn’t mean that entities based in those states are off the hook for UCR payment. If you’re based in a non-participating state, or Canada or Mexico, you must select a base state and the UCR application form provides guidelines for how to do so.

While enforcement has been delayed to February 1, 2016, enforcement can use discretion and may still issue citations. If you haven’t yet filed UCR for 2016, now is the time.

The 2016 filing can be completed on the national official UCR website at www.ucr.in.gov. A mobile version of the site is also accessible virtually anywhere with a smartphone. UCR registration can be completed and fees can be paid right from the smartphone. Enforcement is also able to use the mobile site to check that a carrier’s UCR fees have been paid for the current year as well as previous years.


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