FMCSA moves on registration-system update

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Updated Apr 19, 2024
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According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the USDOT number will be the sole identifier for all entities in its new registration system, doing away with MC numbers and making good on a move the agency's been talking about for at least a decade.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is requesting approval from the White House Office of Management and Budget for a new information collection request (ICR) titled “FMCSA Registration System (FRS).”

In a Federal Register notice set for publication Friday, April 19, FMCSA said it is replacing its Unified Registration System (URS) with a new online registration system, which will be named the FMCSA Registration System. FMCSA announced its plans to overhaul its registration system at the Mid-America Trucking Show last month, partly in an effort to “clean up the bad actors” in the industry.

[Related: The criminal element lurking in FMCSA's outdated registration system]

The new system will allow anyone required to register under the agency’s commercial or safety jurisdiction to do so online. Specifically, this new ICR will apply to:

  • New registrants applying for safety and/or operating authority registration for the first time from FMCSA.
  • Existing registrants (i.e., entities that already have a USDOT number and/or operating authority) that are subject to FMCSA’s registration and certification regulations that wish to apply for additional authorities.
  • Mexico-domiciled carriers that wish to operate beyond the U.S. municipalities on the U.S.-Mexico border and their commercial zones.
  • Registrants seeking to process name changes, address changes, and reinstatements of operating authority for motor carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers.
  • Registrants that are requesting to voluntarily suspend their safety and/or operating authority registration with FMCSA.
  • Motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders that must designate an agent on whom service of notices in proceedings before the Secretary may be made.

It will also apply to designated agents and those entities providing proof of financial responsibility requirements, such as insurance companies and broker bond agents, FMCSA noted.

According to FMCSA, the new FRS will eliminate a number of forms currently used by motor carriers and others in the transportation industry, including the MCS-150, BOC-3, OP-1 and more, integrating them all into a new online system.

The agency will accept comments on the proposed information collection for 60 days after its publication Friday. Comments can be filed here through June 18.

As reported, FMCSA is hosting a public virtual "stakeholder day" at the end of May to discuss the development of "a more user-friendly registration system that manages the registration life cycle of regulated entities." Registration for the May 29 event will be available at this page when it opens. 

[Related: FMCSA to end MC numbers, overhaul registration system to stamp out fraud]

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