Annual registration for the 2015 Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCR) registration year opens on October 1, 2014, with the fee structure remaining the same as previous years.
UCR applies to the following entities engaged in interstate commerce:
- Private property carriers;
- For-hire passenger, property, and exempt commodity carriers;
- Freight forwarders;
- Leasing companies, and
There are a handful of states that do not participate in UCR but that doesn’t mean that entities based in those states are off the hook for UCR payment. Entities based in non-participating states must select a base state and the UCR application form provides guidelines for how to do so.
Entities domiciled in Canada or Mexico operating in the United States are also subject to UCR registration. These foreign-based entities must also review the application form for instructions on selecting a base state.
Enforcement for 2015 UCR registration is slated to begin on January 1, 2015; however, each state may determine its own enforcement date.
The 2015 UCR Registration Form and Instructions will be available on the national UCR website at www.ucr.in.gov as of October 1, 2014. A mobile version of the site is also accessible virtually anywhere with a smartphone. UCR registration can be completed and fees can be paid right from the smartphone. Enforcement is also able to use the mobile site to check that a carrier’s UCR fees have been paid for the current year as well as previous years.