Most frequent questions and answers

Businesses that are required by law to register to the UCR program typically include the Interstate Motor Carriers, Freight Forwarders, and Leasing Companies. 

  1. Commercial transportation operations who are required to register with the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration), has a U.S. DOT number, and are involved with interstate/international commerce.
  2. Vehicle registered under the International Registration Plan (IRP)
  1. Businesses that conduct trade, traffic, or transportation entirely within a state is considered an intrastate commerce, which is qualified for an exemption from the UCR registration requirement.
  2. Companies that conduct businesses with vehicles that only operates outside the United States or only operates within the state of Hawaii.
  3. Private passenger carriers are not required to register to the UCR as long as they do not charge directly/indirectly for their services.
  4. Vehicles operated under the government of town, city, county, state, federal, and Indian tribe do not count toward UCR fees.
  5. Intrastate school buses under contract or operated by the school system are not required to register to the UCR.
  6. Vehicles that weigh 10,000 pounds or less, including trailing equipment are not counted towards the UCR fee.
  7. Trailing equipment that is only towed behind a powered unit.
  8. Vehicles that are designed to seat less than 10 passengers.
  9. Off-road operated vehicle.

Categorization relies based on whether the cargo moves across state and international lines, regardless of the vehicle being involved in interstate or international commerce.

If at any point of their journey the goods or passengers are transported cross state or national lines,  it is considered interstate commerce, even if the vehicle itself does not actually leave the state. 

ALABAMA$100 first offense, $500 subsequent offense. No Out-of-Service.
ARKANSAS$100-500 first offense, $100-1000 subsequent offenses.
CALIFORNIAState base fine of $300-$1,000, plus specific fees that vary by county
COLORADO$1100 first offense, $2200 second offense, $3300 subsequent. No Out-ofService.
GEORGIANone presently.
IDAHOMisdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six (6) months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or both. A citation would require a bond to be posted, the amount to be determined by a magistrate judge, but probably around $300.
ILLINOIS$300 first offense, $500 second offense.
INDIANA$150 first offense, $1000 subsequent offense.
IOWA$250 fine.
KANSASCivil fines discovered at roadside $300, Civil fines through a compliance audit are $100-1000 first offense, $100-5000 subsequent offense.
KENTUCKYRange of $25 to $250.
LOUISIANA$250 fine.
MAINEA traffic infraction for which a fine of not less than $250 for the first offense and not less than $500 for a 2nd or subsequent offense may be adjudged.
MASSACHUSETTS$100 first offense, $200 subsequent offense.
MICHIGANUp to $500 for for hire carriers.
MINNESOTA$100 fine, plus $78 in court costs.
st and assessment fees that vary by county
MISSOURIVaries with the county; with an audit, state can impose a general fine up to $2000 per day
MONTANAOnly a warning at this point.
NEBRASKAClass IV misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $100. If evidence of multiple ongoing violations, law enforcement would seek a greater fine.
NEW HAMPSHIRE$100 plus penalty assessment for a first offense and $500 plus penalty assessment for a subsequent offense in a 12-month period.
NEW MEXICO$50 penalty assessment misdemeanor. With formal proceeding, up to $10000 per day.
NEW YORKWith formal proceeding, up to $5000.
NORTH CAROLINA$1,000 penalty for each offense charged in violation of the Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Article
NORTH DAKOTANone presently but can hold IRP and IFTA renewals for UCR nonpayment.
OHIOOperating a motor vehicle in violation of UCR registration requirements – $500 per occurrence; any entity that fails to register and pay fees as required – $1,000; any entity that provides false, or misleading information on application – $5,000.
OKLAHOMA$300 first offense, $400 second, $500 subsequent.
SOUTH DAKOTA$154 fine.
TENNESSEEState base fine of $50, plus court costs that are county specific.
TEXASClass C Misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine of $1 to $500 plus court costs. The fine amount is set by the assigned judge noted on the citation.
UTAHCVSA Inspections first time
VIRGINIAClass IV misdemeanor, $250 fine.
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