Coming Soon: A New Carrier Registration System

August 13, 2013

By Truckinginfo Staff

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is close to publishing a new Unified Registration System for trucking operations.

The White House Office of Management and Budget cleared the agency’s plan on Monday.

OMB is requiring the agency to make some changes to its proposed rule, so the details of the final version are not yet available.

But in general, the new regime will combine several programs that track identification, registration and financial responsibility into a single on-line system. It will require registrants to update their information every two years.

The final rule may differ, but the agency proposed to identify carriers by their Department of Transportation number.

It also suggested that carriers could use their obsolete MC numbers for business and advertising. They would not have to remove that number from their trucks but the agency said it would encourage them to do that on new or repainted trucks once the rule is final.

Also, the agency proposed that it 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 pending rule is part of an effort 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. Wayne Yoder [ August 14, 2013 @ 05:09AM ]

    Bravo! While they are at it, how about that driver drug screen clearing house to go with the PSP report and eliminate the need for contacting previous employers, unless said employers have not reported a test into the clearing house?? That cost savings has got to be astronomical to the industry.

  2. 2. Ralph [ August 14, 2013 @ 05:19AM ]

    maybe they could get rid of the kyu registration?

  3. 3. jammer [ August 14, 2013 @ 08:29AM ]

    Maybe they could stop violating our rights to privacy, the first amendment. What a person does on their personal time,should be their own business. Just leave it at home. And stop calling our profession a non skilled profession. Let the suits try backing in spots we have to back into,maybe they would rethink their logic, NOT!!!!

  4. 4. Kevin J. Reidy [ August 14, 2013 @ 10:35AM ]

    Anything to streamline renewal paperwork is a bonus. Now if only more states would go to online IFTA reporting that would be one more filing brought into the 21st century.

  5. 5. barbRRB [ August 15, 2013 @ 06:18AM ]

    I like accomplishments that make my job easier. Thanks a bunch!! Now keep working in the right direction.


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