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In a recent meeting, the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Board noted that carriers from “non-participating states” are the source of many UCR violations. If your company is based in one of these states, you may still need to register under the program.

Who must register under UCR?

Nearly all carriers engaged in interstate commerce must register under the UCR program. This includes private property carriers, for-hire passenger, property, and exempt commodity carriers, freight forwarders, leasing companies, and brokers. Carriers from Canada or Mexico that operate in the United States are also subject to UCR registration.

Under the program, you must register, report fleet size, and pay fees annually to your base state. However, not all states participate in UCR. Even if your base state doesn’t participate, you must still register under UCR.

Participating states

If your principal place of business is in Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, or Wisconsin, you must use that state as your base state.

If your principal place of business state is not one of those listed above but you have an office or operating facility located in one of those states, you must use that state as your base state.

Non-participating states

Non-participating states include Arizona, Hawaii, Florida, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Wyoming, and Washington D.C.

If you cannot select a base state using either of the options under “Participating states” above, you must select your base state from the list of participating states that is nearest your principal place of business.

If your principal place of business state is:You may select one of the following states:
- Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, or Vermont; or
- The Canadian Province of Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, or Quebec
Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, or West Virginia
- Florida, or
- A state of Mexico
Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, or Texas
- The Canadian Province of Ontario or ManitobaIowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, or Wisconsin
- Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, or Wyoming; or
- the Canadian Province of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, or Yukon; or
- a state of Mexico
Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, or Washington

How to register for the UCR

If your operations are subject to UCR, you can register using the National UCR System at www.ucr.gov. All UCR registrants may use this official online system, regardless of base state. J. J. Keller's UCR filing service is also available.

Key to remember: Carriers based in non-participating states, Canada, and Mexico are still subject to registration under UCR. Proof of registration under the UCR is available to roadside enforcement via FMCSA electronic information systems. Failure to pay UCR fees is a violation of 392.2 and may be subject to citation.