If you operate a truck or bus in interstate or international commerce, the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) program requires that you register your business with Montana Dept of Transportation and pay an annual fee based on the size of your fleet. Registration for the upcoming 2018 period is typically due by December 31, 2017. However, The UCR Board of Directors has announced a delay in the start of 2018 registrations. The below notice was issued at the end of last week to address expectations for the opening of registration on November 1st.
October 27, 2017
TO: All State Administrators of the UCR Act
FR: UCR Board of Directors
RE: UCR 2018 Registration Delayed Until Further Notice
While we believe a new rule setting final fees is imminent, the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Board of Directors is delaying until further notice the start of the 2018 registration period while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completes the rulemaking process for 2018 fees. We regret this inconvenience and appreciate your patience.
Due to this unanticipated further delay, UCR is recommending to all states that the enforcement period for 2018 compliance not begin until 90 days after the final rulemaking is published.
The fee levels being proposed are based on a recommendation submitted by UCR to the FMCSA in March 2017 to reduce fees for carriers at all levels by 9% in 2018.
Until further notice, please do not accept any carrier fees for the 2018 registration year. If received prior to the final rulemaking, please return to the entity that paid the fee.
We will continue to keep you updated as we become aware of relevant fee and registration information.
The Montana Dept of Transportation has confirmed that they cannot begin processing 2018 UCR applications until the fee structure has been finalized. Do not submit payments or registrations until registration has been opened.
For additional information and updates on registration, visit the UCR website or contact the Montana Department of Transportation at (406) 444-2998.