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Unified Carrier Registration

​​​​​​The Unified Carrier Registration Program requires individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to register their business with a participating state and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet. ​

Companies operating solely as brokers, freight forwarders or leasing companies are also required to register and pay the fee. C​ompanies providing both motor carrier services as well as broker, freight forwarder or leasing services are required to pay the fee level set at the motor carrier level.

A "commercial motor vehicle" is defined as a self-propelled vehicle used on the highways in commerce principally to transport passengers or cargo, if the vehicle either:

  • Has a gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed to transport 11 or more passengers (including the driver)
  • Transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding.

You must pay Unified Carrier Registration fees annually to operate in interstate commerce. This has taken place of the Single State Registration System and Interstate Exempt System.

To be able to register properly with Unified Carrier Registration system, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles strongly recommends that you use the National Registration website. Also, there are third party service providers that complete the UCR process for an additional fee.​​

12/8/2022 3:35 PM

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