Unified Registration System

What's Changing?

  • All customers subject to the URS rule will use the online application to register and update their information with FMCSA.
  • All businesses subject to the rule must have a FMCSA portal account. The portal provides instructions and support for obtaining an account.
  • The USDOT number will become the sole identifier. MC, FF, MX, and other FMCSA-assigned numbers will no longer be issued, and FMCSA will no longer accept them as references for filings or other matters. FMCSA will issue numbers to registered businesses without a USDOT number (e.g., small motor carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers).
  • New and existing hazardous materials motor carriers and exempt for-hire carriers must provide financial responsibility (insurance) filings beginning January 2017 (there is a grace period for existing hazardous materials motor carriers and exempt-for-hire carriers, with enforcement deferred until April 2017.)
  • Beginning January 2017, all new applicants must select a process agent to file the Form BOC-3 on their behalf before their registration will be granted. A process agent ensures the FMCSA and injured parties can serve legal papers to motor carriers, brokers, or freight forwarders in any state where the registered entities operate. The BOC-3 form must include all states for which process agent designations are required. FMCSA will deactivate USDOT numbers for companies that fail to designate a process agent (there is a grace period for currently registered businesses, with enforcement deferred until April 2017.)
  • A new fee schedule was implemented on January 14, 2017.

Who is required to comply?

This rule applies to all interstate motor carriers (private and for-hire motor carriers of passengers and freight), freight forwarders, brokers, IEPs, HMSP applicants/holders, and cargo tank manufacturing and repair facilities under FMCSA jurisdiction.