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UCR Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get more detailed information regarding the UCR Plan?
For more information refer to the UCR Handbook.
Is a USDOT number required to update UCR registration?
Yes, a USDOT number is required. Freight forwarders and brokers are now required to have them as well under the Unified Registration System (URS). It is possible if you are a new or active carrier that FMSCA has already issued you a USDOT number. Visit FMCSA's website for more information.
How do I register for UCR?
To register for UCR, go to the National Registration System at ucr.gov. Enter your DOT number; select "View Terms and Conditions"; select "View Privacy Policy"; mark "I Agree"; and select "Submit". On the next screen, please re-enter your USDOT # and select continue. On the next screen, you can register by selecting the “Register Now” button and fill out the required fields.
How do I update my UCR registration?
To update your UCR registration, go to the National Registration System at ucr.gov. Enter your DOT number; select "View Terms and Conditions"; select "View Privacy Policy"; mark "I Agree"; and select "Submit". On the next screen, please re-enter your USDOT # and select continue. On the next screen, you can update your UCR registration by selecting the "Update MCS-150" button and fill out the required fields.
Who do I contact if I have questions regarding UCR?
If you have questions or need information regarding UCR and Virginia is your base state, contact a motor carrier representative at (804) 249-5140. Otherwise you should contact your base state as its requirements could be different.
How will I know when my UCR registration is due?
Annual registration typically begins on October 1 preceding the applicable registration year. For example: The 2022 UCR registration began October 1, 2021. On occasion, the registration period may be delayed when there is a change in registration fees, requiring approval from the U. S. Secretary of Transportation.

If you have an active USDOT number, you will receive an email from the National Registration System (NRS) advising when UCR registration is open. Additionally, DMV may send postcards and recurring emails (through the NRS system) to unregistered businesses and new businesses who just obtained their USDOT number.
How much money do I send in for my UCR registration?
To ensure timely and accurate processing, be sure to add in the applicable transaction fees, which vary depending on your payment choice. For electronic payments made by credit and debit cards or ACH, the transaction fees (shown below) will automatically be added to your payment. E-checks received that are not the correct amount WILL NOT be processed and will delay your registration update.
  • Personal Credit Cards - 1.99%
  • Business Credit Cards - 2.63%
  • Debit Cards - $3.75 ($2.99 for bracket 1 only)
  • ACH/E-Checks (personal checks) - $1.00
What happens if I don’t update my UCR registration?
If your business has changed such that you no longer need to be registered under UCR, you should update your carrier record appropriately with FMSCA. You also should contact DMV to update your records with the Commonwealth. However, if you neglect to update your carrier information as required by the UCR Plan or are in fact required to register under UCR, then you are subject to enforcement action and/or explanation of your records in the state audit process. Enforcement typically starts 90 days after the beginning of the registration period.