January 7, 2020: Notice to All FMCSA Portal Users and Registrants for the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (DACH)
The FMCSA Contact Center is experiencing larger than normal call volume due to intermittent, system-wide outages that are preventing our customers from registering/accessing needed services within the FMCSA Portal. These outages also impact the DACH registration process.
We apologize for the inconvenience that this causes. We are working to assess and resolve these outages and updated information will be posted to this site when available. Until then, expect high call volumes and longer wait times.
Information for DACH Registrants Only:
- There is no violation if you cannot/do not register with the DACH. A company is only in violation if they fail to register and need to either conduct a query or report information to the Clearinghouse. If an employer does not plan to hire anyone after the January 6, 2020 DACH compliance date, then they can choose to wait to register until they need to report information or conduct the first limited annual query.
If you do need to hire, report information or conduct a DACH inquiry, we suggest that you register directly at the DACH website at https://clearinghouse.fmcsa.dot.gov/ as an interim step until the FMCSA Portal is fully operational. Note that the DACH is also experiencing a high volume of calls, so you may be asked to leave a message for a call-back.
For more information please see DACH Registration Instructions for Employers
Unified Registration System Launched for New Applicants
The FMCSA monitors and ensures compliance with regulations governing both safety (all carriers) and commerce (for-hire carriers). Companies may find they are subject to both registration requirements (USDOT Number and MC Number) or either one separately. To determine if you need to apply for a US DOT number, click here.
FMCSA has launched a phased rollout of the Unified Registration System (URS). All new registration applicants must use the new URS Application.
URS combines various forms that carriers, freight forwarders and brokers currently use to register and update their information with the Agency into a single, online registration application.
Only the initial registration by new applicants will be done using the URS online registration application.
For more general information on URS, click here.
Internet browsers: Internet Explorer 11 or above, or Google Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers work best with the URS tool. Internet Explorer 10 can be used in compatibility mode. Failure to use one of these browsers could result in the inability to successfully complete applications for registration.
Already Registered with FMCSA?
Existing registrants (entities that have a US DOT number and/or operating authority) can update their information using all of the existing processes – online and paper forms – until a later date. On January 17, 2017, FMCSA published a Federal Register notice with more details on the suspension of the URS effectiveness date. Check this site often for updates for existing users.
More options can be found on the left side of the page. You also may find the following useful:
- Process Agents
- Get a Cargo Tank (CT) Number
- Intermodal Equipment Provider Registration
- Refund Policy
- Hazardous Materials Regulations and Safety Permit Information
- Small Passenger Carrying Vehicles Safety Regulations
Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Information
UCR stands for "Unified Carrier Registration," which is not an FMCSA program. It refers to an agreement among the states set up by Congress governing the collection and distribution of registration information and UCR fees paid to states by motor carriers, private motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies pursuant to 49 U.S.C. Section 14504a. The fees collected support state motor carrier safety activities. For more information, click here.
To access self-paced online training for the new URS system, click here.
URS Technical Documentation
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