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Posted on May, 2 2022 at 1 pm EST
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FMCSA Registration Intro Video
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Remember to Keep Your USDOT Number "Active"!
Coming soon, changes to our Licensing & Insurance (L&I) system reinstatement options will not allow users to reinstate their motor carrier operating authority on-line if the USDOT Number is in an "Inactive" status or Out of Service. Additionally, e-mailed, mailed and faxed motor carrier authority reinstatement applications to our Contact Center will only be processed when the USDOT Number is “Active” and not Out of Service.
Keeping your USDOT Number Active is easy and free! If your USDOT Number is Active and you need to make updates, you can do so on-line. If your USDOT Number is already Inactive, you won't have on-line access to make updates, so just send us an updated Motor Carrier Identification Report (Form MCS-150) via e-mail or fax for quickest processing.
Registration, Licensing and Insurance
FMCSA’s Registration, Licensing, and Insurance team uses registration and safety data to implement regulations and programs that support improved safety in motor carrier operations across all entities engaged in the industry including motor carriers, drivers, vehicles, brokers, service providers. The program collects safety information and maintains safety information systems to direct and support targeted actions on higher risk carriers in enforcing the safety regulations; promulgate educational messages to carriers, commercial drivers, other regulated entities, stakeholders and the public; partner with stakeholders including Federal, State, and local enforcement agencies, the motor carrier industry, safety groups, and organized labor on efforts to improve driver, vehicle and motor carrier safety to reduce bus and truck-related crashes; conduct research and analyses needed to support its programs and policies; and supply driver safety data to prospective employers.
Unified Registration System 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.