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URS Delayed until January 14, 2017

July 20, 2016 – Today, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that the Agency has hit some delays in implementing the Agency’s Unified Registration System (URS) and they will not be releasing the URS until January 14, 2017, and establishing a full implementation date of April 14, 2017.

On December 12, 2015, all new U.S. or Canada-domiciled applicants and Mexico-domiciled applicants seeking registration to operate in the commercial zones along the U.S.-Mexico border began using the new system. A new applicant is defined as anyone who does not have and has never been assigned a USDOT, MC, MX, or FF number. These applicants are required to use the new online application when requesting registration and a USODT number beginning on December 12, 2015.

*The new online application and associated databases will not be available for use by those who already have USDOT, MC, MX, or FF numbers until January 14, 2017.

Here is a full breakdown of URS effective dates per provision:

Registration Application process using the MCSA-1 online application for New Applicants

Existing Effective/Compliance Date: 10/23/2015
New Effective/Compliance Date: 12/12/2015

Use of MCSA-1 online application for all new and existing entities for all reasons to file

Existing Effective/Compliance Date: 10/23/2015
New Effective/Compliance Date: 1/14/2017 (Was 9/30/2016)

USDOT number sole identifier (discontinuing issuance of docket numbers)

Existing Effective/Compliance Date: 10/23/2015
New Effective/Compliance Date: 1/14/2017 (Was 9/30/2016)

New fees schedule

Existing Effective/Compliance Date: 10/23/2015
New Effective/Compliance Date: 1/14/2017 (Was 9/30/2016)

Evidence of financial responsibility (insurance filings and Surety bonds/trusts) for new private HM and New exempt for-hire carriers

Existing Effective/Compliance Date: 10/23/2015
New Effective/Compliance Date: 1/14/2017 (Was 9/30/2016)

Evidence of financial responsibility (insurance filings and Surety bonds/trusts) for existing Private HM and exempt for-hire carriers

Existing Effective/Compliance Date: 10/23/2015
New Effective/Compliance Date: April 14, 2017 (Was 12/31/2016)

Process Agent Designation (BOC-3) for all new motor carriers (including private and exempt for-hire carriers)

Existing Effective/Compliance Date: 10/23/2015
New Effective/Compliance Date: 1/14/2017 (Was 9/30/2016)

Process Agent Designation (BOC-3) for all existing motor carriers (including private and exempt for-hire carriers)

Existing Effective/Compliance Date: 4/25/2016
New Effective/Compliance Date: April 14, 2017 (Was 12/31/2016)

FMCSA took this action due to the magnitude of the number of records and data being transferred from the old legacy system to the new URS system. The Agency noted that during this information purge, the Agency identified that over 340,000 USDOT numbers are dormant.

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Burroughs (burroughs@tianet.org, 703.299.5705).

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