Since the UCR (United Carrier Registration) is a requirement for all motor carriers, if you haven’t filed yet this year, you should do so right away. You will encounter numerous legal problems and be subjected to a fine if you’re an unregistered motor carrier crossing state lines. With a violation like this, you’ll also waste significant time, money, and resources.

We’ll cover a range of topics in this post, including the ins and outs of UCR filings, the registration deadline, the repercussions of not registering your vehicle, and so on.

UCR Registration

The Department of Public Safety requires individuals and businesses that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to complete their UCR filing annually.

When Does the Registration Period End?

Every year, the UCR registration period falls around the same time. If you want to conduct business outside of your state, you have to file your UCR by December 31st each year. This year’s registration period started on October 1st, giving you around two months to register before the cutoff.

Do I Need to File?

If a motor carrier utilizes commercial vehicles to transport goods across domestic or foreign borders, they’re mandated to submit their UCR filing by December 31st.

Those in charge of organizing shipments, such as freight brokers, forwarders, and leasing firms, are also subject to this rule.

Put simply, any transportation company that meets the following requirements and deploys commercial motor vehicles is required to file:


  • Participates in interstate and/or international commerce

Visit the UCR website for more details on whether or not you’re affected by this ruling.

What Will Happen If I Don’t File in Time?

Authorities have the power to seize your vehicle if you failed to file your UCR and were caught operating outside your home state. Additionally, you’ll be hit with severe fines and penalties that could range anywhere from $100 to $5,000. Of course, this sum fluctuates based on where you live and how many infractions you’ve committed.

Final Thoughts

It’s critical to comply with UCR registration requirements; otherwise, you run the risk of incurring hefty fines and penalties. Not to mention that you run the likelihood of having your truck seized, which would disrupt your operations.

If you participate in interstate commerce, you can file your UCR by December 31st now that you have the knowledge you need regarding UCR filings.

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For more information on necessary filings for transportation companies, refer to our BOC 3 blog.