If you operate a truck or bus in
interstate or international commerce there is a federal law that applies to
your business. The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) program requires
individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate
or international commerce to register their business with Montana and pay an
annual fee based on the size of their fleet.
A "commercial motor vehicle"
is defined as a self-propelled or towed vehicle used on the highways in
commerce principally to transport passengers or cargo, if the vehicle:
has a gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more;
is designed to transport 11 or more passengers
(including the driver); or
is used in transporting hazardous materials in a
quantity requiring placarding.
To avoid delays, it is highly recommended that you register
on-line. Go to https://plan.ucr.gov/
and follow the step-by-step
instructions. Payments may be made on-line using MasterCard, Visa
Annual registration is typically scheduled to open on
October 1st and registrants must complete UCR registration and pay UCR
fees before January 1 of the registration year. After that date, the
registration fee are still due, but a non-registrant may then be subjected to
state enforcement action.
However, the start of the 2020 UCR registration period is delayed until
further notice while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
completes its rulemaking process on fee levels for next year. A notice
of proposed rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on August
27. Once the final rulemaking is published later this year, thereby officially
establishing UCR fees for 2020, the UCR Board of Directors will recommend that
states delay enforcement for three (3) months from the start of the