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Unified Registration System: Commercial Trucking Clients Must Comply

2015 brought changes to the trucking industry through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) launch of the new Unified Registration System (URS). Although the URS is being rolled out in phases, there are significant changes to the “motor carrier” and it is important to make sure you understand what these changes mean for your business and when the changes will take effect.

What is the Unified Registration System?

The Unified Registration System is a new online system that allows carriers, freight forwarders and brokers to register and update information with the FMCSA. The URS is intended to streamline the registration process, make registrations a simpler process and provide the FMCSA with more accurate information. For more information, visit the FMCSA website.

Application Changes

Formerly, there was no fee to get a USDOT number; however, the application to get an MC number was $300. With the new URS combining the two forms the MC numbers eventually being eliminated, you’ll have to pay a $300 fee to file the new MCSA-1 for authority.

Here is a summary of the changes and effective dates:

Phase 1: December 12, 2015

New Registration Applicants: all new registration applicants will be required to use the URS online registration application process. Only the initial registration will be done using the URS online registration application until 2016. There will be no change in the fee structure until September 30, 2016.

Already registered with FMCSA: all existing entities with a USDOT, MC of FF number, or combinations of them well continue to use existing agency forms and processes to conduct updates, and seek additional registration related transactions.

Phase 2: September 30, 2016

All new and existing entities must complete new applications and updates to existing records using the new online registration system, with the new fee schedule in effect. The FMCSA will no longer accept applications by mail or fax. All businesses subject to the rule must use an FMCSA portal account, which can be set up by clicking here.

Phase 3: December 31, 2016

All private and exempt carriers need to have insurance and BOC-3 filings in before this deadline.

For a full copy of the Final Rule as published by the FMCSA, click here.