Please watch step by step instructions for filing UCR. View the video
The UCR Plan and Agreement are part of a federally-mandated, state-administered program effective September 10, 2007. Under this program, states collect fees from motor carriers, motor private carriers, freight forwarders, brokers and leasing companies, based on the number of qualifying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in their fleets. The revenues generated are used for enforcement of motor carrier safety programs.
We encourage you to file your UCR registration at
www.ucr.in.gov, the official website for UCR filing. You can even register and pay by smartphone or tablet of you wish, and the site is available 24 hours day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. UCR filings can also be mailed to us at P.O. Box 7955, Madison WI 53707-7955 or 4802 Sheboygan Ave. Room 151, Madison WI 53705.
Use of a website other than
www.ucr.in.gov to file UCR may incur charges above and beyond the UCR fees.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Unit mails out UCR registration forms each year to all interstate motor carriers, motor private carriers, freight forwarders, brokers and leasing companies that do not have a registered email address in FMCSA.
Information and registration form
UCR requirements for recordkeeping
Carriers are required to "maintain records adequate to substantiate the information reported by the registrant on its application. A registrant must maintain a list of all its vehicles and those subtracted from its UCR count as set forth on UCR forms 1 and 2 or in some other form." [UCR Agreement, Section 10 (9)]
Forms 1 and 2 as well as instructions can be found at
In addition states are now required to audit a percentage of carriers annually. Forms 1 and 2 will not be required unless you are notified that you have been selected for an audit.
"A registrant is required to preserve the UCR records upon which the annual applications and renewals are based for three (3) years from the due date or filing date, whichever is later, plus any time period included as a result of State decisions or inquiries. The three (3) year period is the current calendar year and the prior two (2) calendar years." [UCR Agreement, Section 18 (a)]
Who needs to file
UCR applies to businesses that:
- operate a truck, truck tractor, or bus in interstate or international commerce, or
- make arrangements for the transportation of cargo and goods, namely brokers, and freight forwarders and leasing companies also acting as a motor carrier.
For the fee table below, count only commercial motor vehicles that are power units, and that operate in interstate or international commerce.
- Commercial motor vehicles: A "commercial motor vehicle" is a self-propelled vehicle used on the highways in commerce principally to transport passengers or cargo, if the vehicle:
Power units only: Count only power units – trucks, truck tractors and buses. Do not count trailers.Interstate or international vehicles only: Count only vehicles operated interstate or internationally. Exclude intrastate vehicles from your count.
- has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more, whichever is greater; or
- is designed to transport 10 or more passengers (including the driver); or
- is used in transporting hazardous materials in a
quantity requiring placarding.
1. Broker, freight forwarder or leasing company not operating as a motor carrier: $76 total
2. Motor carriers; and a broker, freight forwarder or leasing company also operating as a motor carrier see table:
Example: A motor carrier operating four tractors and nine straight trucks interstate or internationally has a fleet size of 13 commercial motor vehicles and pays $452.
Note: Motor carriers operating only as private motor carriers of passengers are not required to register and pay fees under UCR.
Pay your fees for Wisconsin through the website maintained by the State of Indiana,
www.ucr.in.gov. You may make an online payment using MasterCard, Visa or eCheck.
If you have not registered, you may be cited by law enforcement. Important notice: If you operated in 2015 or 2016 and did not register for UCR, you must pay 2015, 2016 and 2017 UCR fees to avoid possible enforcement actions.
Registration by agents
Agents may contact you to perform UCR registration on your behalf. Note that agents may charge you a substantial service fee. WisDOT does not call and ask you for your credit card number.
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