If you operate a Commercial Motor Vehicle defined as “Commercial Motor Vehicle” (as defined under 49 USC Section 31101) means a self-propelled vehicle used on the highways in commerce principally to transport passengers or cargo, if the vehicle: (1) Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of at least 10,001 pounds, whichever is greater; (2) Is designed to transport more than 10 passengers, including the driver; or (3) Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under section 5103 of this title and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary under section 5103.” in interstate or international commerce, the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCR) applies to your business.
The UCR requires ALL (private and for-hire) individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate (crossing state lines) or international commerce to apply and register with the State of Minnesota and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet not including trailers. The revenues generated are used for the enforcement of motor carrier safety programs.
You must register for the calendar year 2013 by 12:01 AM January1, 2013 in order to be in compliance. Enforcement for the 2013 UCR will begin at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, January 1, 2013.
2013 Fee Bracket:
Number of vehicles
||1001 or more
(*) The “0” vehicle count exists for any motor carrier, who has filed a MCS-150 to obtain a USDOT number and designated themselves as an INTERSTATE carrier, but have no vehicles crossing state lines and wish to retain their interstate authority. Those carriers are to pay the flat fee of $76.00. If you do NOT want to keep your interstate authority, you must contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and change your status to INTRASTATE.
NOTE: There are very few exemptions under the UCR. Agricultural carriers (farmers) are NOT exempt. You can be ticketed in Minnesota for not having filed your UCR if you are an INTERSTATE carrier regardless if you cross state lines or not. Some types of farm products being dropped off at river, or rail terminals are considered INTERSTATE movements even if you never leave the state, and you are an INTRASTATE carrier. For clarification, contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. As of the 2010 UCR registration year, interstate charitable and non-profit organizations operating a commercial motor vehicle as defined by the UCR are NO LONGER EXEMPT.
Notice to all Freight Forwarders, Brokers and Leasing Companies
If you offer services as a freight forwarder, broker or leasing company that are NOT combined with a motor carrier entity and you make arrangements for the transportation of cargo and goods in interstate or international commerce, the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCR) applies to your business. The UCR collects an annual flat fee of $76.00.
- The preferred method and the highly recommended one is that you register with the national UCR on-line system hosted by the Indiana Department of Revenue. Go to www.ucr.in.gov and follow the step by step instructions. Payments may be made on-line using MasterCard, Visa or e-Check. Fees collected for this service go to the credit card companies or banks. Neither the State of Indiana, nor Minnesota charges a fee for this service.
- You may also complete the 2013 UCR application (and UCR 2 if applicable) and figure your UCR fees for 2013 by clicking on the links below. Your check should be made payable to “Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation” and mail it to the address above. PLEASE show your USDOT number or MC Number on the face of your check. YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE RETURNED AND CAUSE DELAYS IN PROCESSING IF IT IS INCOMPLETE OR INCORRECT. You may also bring your application and check to the Transportation Building, and drop off your application for processing. Counter service is Monday – Friday 8:00 AM through 12:00 PM and 1:00PM through 4:00PM excluding holidays.