Unified Registration System Nearing Publication

February 20, 2013

By By Truckinginfo Staff

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The Unified Registration System, which will reform the way the federal government keeps track of motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders, is in the final stage of the rulemaking process.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration yesterday sent the final rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. OMB typically takes three months or so to vet agency rules, although the process could be extended if changes are required.

This rule has been in the works for seven years. The new system will replace three legacy identification systems.

Details have not been made public, but the agency was proposing to combine the systems that track identification, registration and financial responsibility into a single, new online system. All registrants would have to update their information every two years.

The proposal also called for all companies registered under the URS to be identified by their Department of Transportation numbers, although motor carriers would be allowed to use their obsolete MC numbers for business and advertising. Carriers would not have to remove that number from their trucks but the agency would encourage them to do that on new or repainted trucks once the rule is final.

Also, the agency would no longer accept or review requests for transfers of operating authority. And private carriers that haul hazardous materials interstate would have to show that they meet financial requirements.

The new URS will be one of a family of rules intended to raise the bar to entry into the business and help keep better track of “chameleon” carriers – those that evade enforcement by re-registering under a different identity.


  1. 1. Michael Chellis [ February 20, 2013 @ 06:12AM ]

    While we have progressed far from the days of the bingo card/plate, multiple id/permit numbers on doors, etc., it's still a too-long process. As stated, this rule has already been in the works for seven years and will likely take three more years (at least) to be implemented. Currently, FMCSA requires the MCS-150 be updated every two years. New York, for example, requires it to be updated EVERY YEAR for registration purposes. In addition, the elimination of the "registrant only" classification is causing confusion in cases where that classification was truly accurate, and those entities are incorrectly being classified as operating carriers.

  2. 2. James Tennier [ February 20, 2013 @ 07:31AM ]

    Received mailer from PrePass several months ago re UCR renewal. Went to link, Some outfit out of DE or Maryland, maybe New Jersey. Click here and you are renewed for $189.00

    I figured the fees had been raised again and did, but also CLICKED ON DO NOT AUTOMATICALLY RENEW EVERY YEAR. Hope that did as I wished.

    Then got off the phone and looked at what I'd just done realizing it was not through the State I normally Use. (Nevada doesn't participate.)

    In the distant past a fee fro CA WA UT was less than $15.00 a year for bingo stamps.

    Enter the UCR. 2008's receipt shows I paid $39. plus CC fee $4.98. Then the fees were $76.00 plus transaction fee of $4.00 for several years.

    Beginning to see a pattern here?

    I need only to have it now only for CA and as in that Nevada, which doesn't require it, I still must follow federal guidelines. I'm in compliance but what am I getting for how much money, "for my own convenience!!!

    In a word. WTF? James Tennier Reno, NV

  3. 3. Trucking dude [ February 20, 2013 @ 08:25AM ]

    James - you got scammed. If the gov't wants to collect a bill they send one, not PrePass or some website. Sure - the website probably did renew your registration, but they charge a "fee" to do so. You could do it yourself for much less by dealing with the agency yourself.


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