2018 & 2019 UCR Fees

Just before the beginning of the new year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized United Carrier Registration (UCR) fees for 2018 and 2019.

There will be minor decreases in fees from 2017 in 2018 and 2019, an approximate 9.10 percent reduction in 2018 and a 4.55 percent reduction in 2019, in comparison to 2017.

The 2018 fees:

Number of Trucks Fee
0-2 $69
3-5 $206
6-20 $410
21-100 $1,431
101-1,000 $6,820
1,001 and above $66,597

Fees for 2019:

Number of Trucks Fee
0-2 $73
3-5 $217
6-20 $431
21-100 $1,503
101-1,000 $7,165
1,001 and above $69,971

The rules have been officially published and fees can start being collected.

How Fee Changes Came About

Since 2016, motor carriers paying into the UCR program have overpaid the revenue due to the 41 participating states. As a result, the UCR board recommended reducing the fees for 2018 in March 2017. However, the agency did not finalize and publish the recommended reduction a lawsuit was filed in late 2017, and the state of Texas made claims of being owed money.

The final rule distributed to UCR board members says the lawsuit did not cite any statute – because there isn’t one according to FMCSA – that restricts the agency from moving forward with finalizing the fees. The agency also summarized that Texas’ claims would be sorted out later. In short, the fees had to be set which is done.


NHH Services is Here to Help

NHH Services’ Safety staff is committed to helping clients understand the latest industry laws and trends. For questions about trucking fees, truck safety and how NHH works with its freight agents and owner-operators, give us a call at713-633-2500 or send an email to info@nhhservices.com.