J. J. Keller® Compliance Network Logo
Start Customizing Your Profile for Free!
Update to Professional Trial!

Experience Everything Compliance Network Has to Offer

Already have an account?
Thank you for investing in EnvironmentalHazmat related content. Click 'UPGRADE' to continue.
Enjoy your limited-time access to the Compliance Network Professional Trial!
A confirmation welcome email has been sent to your email address from ComplianceNetwork@t.jjkellercompliancenetwork.com. Please check your spam/junk folder if you can't find it in your inbox.
Thank you for your interest in EnvironmentalHazmat related content.
You've reached your limit of free access, if you'd like more info, please contact us at 800-327-6868.

A new proposal from FMCSA reduces annual registration fees that states collect from motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies under the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement.

The fee reduction would begin for the 2023 registration year and apply to subsequent years. The fees would be reduced below 2022 fees by approximately 27 percent. This amounts to reductions between $16 and $15,350 per entity, depending on the number of vehicles owned or operated by affected entities.

Under federal law, UCR plan administrators must adjust fees when annual revenues exceed the maximum allowed. If there are excess funds after paying participating states and administrative costs, they must be retained in the Plan depository and subsequent fees must be reduced. These provisions are the basis for this proposed fee adjustment.

The UCR Board estimated future period collections using an average of the collections of the past three closed registration years. The Board also noted that there has been no change to the administrative authorized allowance since 2020 and recommended a modest increase in that allowance.

UCR fee structure

The UCRA fee structure is a bracket system, with the per-carrier fees based on the number of vehicles the carrier operates. UCRA fees are not imposed per vehicle and are uniform across the country for all entities of a given size, regardless of where they are based.

Freight forwarders operating a fleet of vehicles are considered motor carriers and are subject to fees depending upon the number of vehicles they operate.

Brokers, leasing companies, and freight forwarders (who do not operate any commercial motor vehicles) are subject to the lowest fee tier. However, if these entities are also motor carriers, they are subject to the fee according to the number of vehicles they operate.

Proposed fee change

The UCR Board recommends that FMCSA adopt the fees as follows:

2022 vs. 2023 Fee Recommendation
Number of power units:0-23-56-2021-100101-1,0001,001 and above
2022 fee (current)$59$176$351$1,224$5,835$56,977
2023 fee (recom-mended) $43$129$256$894$4,263$41,627

The UCR enrollment period for 2023 begins October 1, 2022. To continue operating legally, the registration must be complete and the fee paid before January 1, 2023.

Once registered, your receipt for UCR registration should be maintained at your principal place of business. A copy of the receipt may be carried in the vehicle but is not required. Proof of registration under the UCRA is available to roadside enforcement via FMCSA electronic information systems, such as SAFER.