The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Program is a federal law that requires individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce to register their business with Nebraska and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet. The UCR applies to all states in the continental United States and the provinces of Canada (if the Canadian carrier travels in the lower 48 states, UCR is required), if the state or province in which your principal place of business is located, does not participate in the UCR program, you may choose another state in which to register. Nebraska will accept applications from individuals and companies located in Missouri, Manitoba and Ontario along with individuals and companies located in Nebraska.
The UCR fees are based on the number of commercial motor vehicles you reported on your last MCS-150 form or the total number of commercial motor vehicles owned and operated for the 12-month period ending June 30 of the year immediately prior to the year for which the UCR registration is made. This includes owned and leased vehicles (term of lease for more than 30 days).
The UCR replaces both Single State Registration System (SSRS) and the Nebraska Interstate Registration (Bingo Stamp) program.
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 rating or gross vehicle weight of at least 10,001 pounds or more, whichever is greater, or
- Is designed to transport 11 or more passengers (including the driver): or
- Is used in transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding.
There are five classifications required to participate in UCR they are as follows:
- “Motor carrier” a person providing motor vehicle transportation for compensation.
- “Motor private carrier” a person who provides interstate transportation of property or passengers in order to support its primary line of business.
- “Broker” means a person other than a motor carrier, who sells or arranges for transportation by a motor carrier for compensation.
- “Freight forwarder” a person that arranges for truck transportation of cargo belonging to others, utilizing for-hire carriers to provide the actual truck transportation, and also performs or provides for assembling, consolidating, break-bulk and distribution of shipments and assumes responsibility for transportation from place of receipt to destination.
- “Leasing company” a person or company engaged in the business of leasing or renting for compensation motor vehicles they own without drivers to a motor carrier, motor private carrier, or freight forwarder.
2019 UCR Fees are NOT yet final and are expected to be lower than current 2018 fees. When the fees are finalized, you will receive a post card from our office with instructions and information needed to file for 2019. Payment and/or applications sent to our office for 2019 prior to the UCR fees becoming final will be returned.
Brokers and Leasing Companies:
Brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies pay the lowest fee tier.
2018 Motor Carrier Fee Bracket
|Fleet Size (power units only)||Fee per Company|
|1,001 - 200,000||$66,597.00|
Example: A motor carrier operating four tractors and nine straight trucks has a fleet size of thirteen commercial motor vehicles and pays $410.00.
If you reduce the number of vehicles on your UCR application , you are required to maintain a list of the vehicles that were subtracted,forms have been developed to help you keep track of the vehicles removed from your application and can be found at https://www.ucr.gov.
On-line filing is available by going to www.ucr.gov. Payment must be made by either credit card or e-check. Log in and follow the step-by-step instructions. This site is not maintained by Nebraska DMV, but is a national site. NOTE: there is a transaction fee for filing on-line.