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The UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) program is a federally-mandated, state-administered registration program for commercial motor vehicles that operate interstate or internationally.
Here are some key points about UCR:
Who Needs to Register: Any company or individual that operates commercial vehicles across state lines, or internationally, must register with the UCR program. This includes motor private carriers, motor carriers (both for-hire and exempt), brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies.
Fees: The UCR program requires payment of annual fees, which are used to fund motor carrier safety and enforcement programs. The fees are based on the size of a company's fleet.
Enforcement: States enforce the UCR agreement by verifying that commercial motor vehicles are properly registered when they are operating within their borders. Failure to register can result in fines and penalties up to $2,000 depending on your state.
No Physical Credential: Once a company or individual pays the UCR fees, there is no physical credential (like a sticker or cab card) to prove registration. Instead, enforcement is done electronically using various databases.
If you're involved in the trucking industry or operate commercial vehicles, it's essential to ensure you're compliant with the UCR program if you operate across state lines or internationally. Always check the latest requirements, as they can change from year to year.