Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Government announces reduced UCR fees for 2019

The federal government has announced reduced annual fees in 2019 for commercial carriers and other entities required by law to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which has oversight of UCR, published a final rulemaking on December 28.

For the second consecutive year, those businesses subject to UCR will see a reduction in fees. The reductions for 2018 and 2019 are based on recommendations from the UCR Board of Directors following several years of higher than expected collections. 

The 2019 UCR registration period is now open. You may complete your UCR Registration at For support or questions, call 1-833-UCR-PLAN or send an email to

Be aware that several states maintain their own UCR systems and at least some of them may require a few days before they’re ready to accept registrations. 

State enforcement of the UCR registration requirements commonly begins January 1. But since the opening of the 2019 registration period was delayed several months, UCR is requesting states delay enforcement until April 1, 2019.

The UCR Act, established in 2005, requires motor carriers involved in interstate commerce, and other businesses subject to The Act, to submit annual fees based on fleet size to supplement funding for state highway motor carrier registration and safety programs.