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FMCSA Reduces 2020 Unified Carrier Registration Fee for Interstate Carriers


The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a final rule that reduces the annual registration fees paid by interstate motor carriers under the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) plan. The rule is important to all petroleum marketers and heating fuel dealers who operate cargo tank vehicles and transports that cross a state boundary. The UCR does not apply to intrastate carriers. The UCR was created by the Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005.

UCR replaced the former Single State Registration System for registering and collecting fees from operators of vehicles engaged in interstate commerce. The fees are being reduced because the UCR program brought in more revenue from registrations that it is allowed to collect annually by each statutory mandate. FMCSA said it is reducing the 2020 annual registration fees collected by states for motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders by 14.45 percent below the 2018 registration level. The fees will remain at the same level for 2021 and subsequent years unless revised in the future.

The FMCSA estimates it will collect $111,777,060 from UCR registration in 2020. The rates are graduated based on the number of trucks a carrier has in its fleet. The revenue collected through the UCR program is redistributed back to the states for motor carrier safety programs. The following fee reductions were made to the 2020 UCR:


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 To see individual state UCR revenue entitlement shares for 2020 click here.


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