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Information About the Unified Carrier Registration Act

UCR Disclaimer: The information provided here is based on the informal interpretation of the Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005 (“UCR Act”) and is subject to further interpretation by the UCR Board.

All interstate motor carriers, motor private carriers, leasing companies, brokers, and freight forwarders are required to register under the Unified Carrier Registration Act (UCR).

  • UCR must be filed by any commercial entity that operates a truck or bus in interstate or international commerce, or makes the arrangements for the transportation of cargo and goods.
     

  • The UCR is a federally-mandated registration program. States agree to participate to administer the program in exchange for a portion of the fees to use for safety programs.
     

  • Participating states (as of December 2009):

AK, AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV

More information can be found at Unified Carrier Registration System

Maryland is not a participating state. It is not registering carriers nor collecting fees. Maryland interstate carriers, private carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies must register with an UCR state, thus establishing a “base state.”

  • Maryland carriers must register in one of the participating Eastern Region States

  • Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia

Annually you must file an UCR application and pay the UCR fees.

  • The fees are based on the number of interstate vehicles, not including trailers.

  • Annually the fee structure is reviewed by the UCR Board of Directors and may change.

  • The fees go to the base state to be used to for safety programs.