The Indian Business Owner TIBO Magazine - Volume 001 - Page 23

The New Unified Registration System & More Starting September 30, the FMCSA will finally adopt a new online system which will be the means of getting a U.S. DOT number, registering your operating authority, and/or adding or updating your registration. If you own a trucking business, you’ve probably been hearing about the URS, or Unified Registration System, for years. You’ve probably heard it’s a new registration system that does away with a lot of paperwork, requires regulated trucking businesses to register online, and eliminates the old MC number, FF and MX number. And all of that is true. The URS will now be your single, online federal information system that businesses use to register and update their information with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It’s common to get URS mixed up with another program called UCR. The URS and the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) are not the same thing. 21 |TIBO Magazine - Fall 2016 They sound similar, but they are different. The UCR is not part of the FMCSA – it is a federally mandated annual state-administered registration program. The UCR’s sole purpose is, well, to just collect money from trucking entities and distribute it to participating states. The new URS rule applies to all interstate motor carriers (including private and for-hire passenger and property motor carriers), freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants/holders, and cargo tank manufacturing and repair facilities under the FMCSA’s jurisdiction. Mexican-domiciled carriers conducting long-haul operations are exempt. The URS will require online registration for all filers, will use only the U.S. DOT number as a sole identifier, will impose a new fee schedule, and will keep a record of financial responsibility and your BOC-3. It replaces multiple forms and the registration functions of several systems including the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) and the Licensing and Insurance System. It was designed to simplify the process of registering, to reduce paperwork and errors, and to make it possible to electronically screen all applications to identify high-risk carriers, including reincarnated carriers.