49 U.S. Code § 13908 - Registration and other reforms
(a) Establishment of Unified Carrier Registration System.— The Secretary, in cooperation with the States, representatives of the motor carrier, motor private carrier, freight forwarder, and broker industries and after notice and opportunity for public comment, shall issue within 1 year after the date of enactment of the Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005 regulations to establish an online Federal registration system, to be named the “Unified Carrier Registration System”, to replace—
(1) the current Department of Transportation identification number system, the single State registration system under section 14504; 
(2) the registration system contained in this chapter and the financial responsibility information system under section 13906; and
(b) Role as Clearinghouse and Depository of Information.— The Unified Carrier Registration System shall serve as a clearinghouse and depository of information on, and identification of, all foreign and domestic motor carriers, motor private carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and others required to register with the Department of Transportation, including information with respect to a carrier’s safety rating, compliance with required levels of financial responsibility, and compliance with the provisions of section 14504a. The Secretary shall ensure that Federal agencies, States, representatives of the motor carrier industry, and the public have access to the Unified Carrier Registration System, including the records and information contained in the System.
(c) Procedures for Correcting Information.— Not later than 60 days after the effective date of this section, the Secretary shall prescribe regulations establishing procedures that enable a motor carrier to correct erroneous information contained in any part of the Unified Carrier Registration System.
(d) Fee System.— The Secretary shall establish, under section 9701 of title 31, a fee system for the Unified Carrier Registration System according to the following guidelines:
(1) Registration and filing evidence of financial responsibility.— The fee for new registrants shall as nearly as possible cover the costs of processing the registration.
(2) Evidence of financial responsibility.— The fee for filing evidence of financial responsibility pursuant to this section shall not exceed $10 per filing. No fee shall be charged for a filing for purposes of designating an agent for service of process or the filing of other information relating to financial responsibility.
(3) Access and retrieval fees.—
(A) In general.— Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the fee system shall include a nominal fee for the access to or retrieval of information from the Unified Carrier Registration System to cover the costs of operating and upgrading the System, including the personnel costs incurred by the Department and the costs of administration of the unified carrier registration agreement.
(B) Exceptions.— There shall be no fee charged under this paragraph—
(i) to any agency of the Federal Government or a State government or any political subdivision of any such government for the access to or retrieval of information and data from the Unified Carrier Registration System for its own use; or
(ii) to any representative of a motor carrier, motor private carrier, leasing company, broker, or freight forwarder (as each is defined in section 14504a) for the access to or retrieval of the individual information related to such entity from the Unified Carrier Registration System for the individual use of such entity.
(e) Use of Fees for Unified Carrier Registration System.— Fees collected under this section may be credited to the Department of Transportation appropriations account for purposes for which such fees are collected and shall be available for expenditure for such purposes until expended.
(f) Application to Certain Intrastate Operations.— Nothing in this section requires the registration of a motor carrier, a motor private carrier of property, or a transporter of waste or recyclable materials operating exclusively in intrastate transportation not otherwise required to register with the Secretary under another provision of this title.
 See References in Text note below.
Source(Added Pub. L. 104–88, title I, § 103,Dec. 29, 1995, 109 Stat. 888; amended Pub. L. 104–287, § 5(36),Oct. 11, 1996, 110 Stat. 3392; Pub. L. 109–59, title IV, § 4304,Aug. 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 1763; Pub. L. 110–244, title III, § 301(l),June 6, 2008, 122 Stat. 1617; Pub. L. 112–141, div. C, title II, § 32106,July 6, 2012, 126 Stat. 781.)
Historical and Revision Notes
Pub. L. 104–287, § 5(36)(A)
This amends 49:13908(d)(1) for clarity and consistency.
Pub. L. 104–287, § 5(36)(B)
This sets out the effective date of 49:13908.
References in Text
The date of enactment of the Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005, referred to in subsec. (a), is the date of enactment of subtitle C of title IV of Pub. L. 109–59, which was approved Aug. 10, 2005.
Section 14504, referred to in subsec. (a)(1), was repealed by Pub. L. 109–59, title IV, § 4305(a),Aug. 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 1764; Pub. L. 110–53, title XV, § 1537(a),Aug. 3, 2007, 121 Stat. 467, effective Jan. 1, 2008.
The effective date of this section, referred to in subsec. (c), probably means the date of enactment of Pub. L. 109–59, which amended this section generally and was approved Aug. 10, 2005.
2012—Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 112–141struck out “but shall not exceed $300” after “registration”.
2008—Subsecs. (e), (f). Pub. L. 110–244added subsec. (e) and redesignated former subsec. (e) as (f).
2005—Pub. L. 109–59amended heading and text of section generally. Prior to amendment, text consisted of subsecs. (a) to (e) relating to issuance of regulations to replace the current Department of Transportation identification number system, the single State registration system under section 14504, the registration system contained in this chapter, and the financial responsibility information system under section 13906 with a single, online, Federal system.
1996—Subsec. (d)(1). Pub. L. 104–287, § 5(36)(A), substituted “December 31, 1995” for “the day before the effective date of this section”.
Subsec. (e). Pub. L. 104–287, § 5(36)(B), substituted “January 1, 1996” for “the effective date of this section”.
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 112–141effective Oct. 1, 2012, see section 3(a) ofPub. L. 112–141, set out as an Effective and Termination Dates of 2012 Amendment note under section 101 of Title 23, Highways.
Pub. L. 110–53, title XV, § 1537(b),Aug. 3, 2007, 121 Stat. 467, provided that: “Not later than October 1, 2007, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shall issue final regulations to establish the Unified Carrier Registration System, as required by section 13908 of title 49, United States Code, and set fees for the unified carrier registration agreement for calendar year 2007 or subsequent calendar years to be charged to motor carriers, motor private carriers, and freight forwarders under such agreement, as required by 14504a of title 49, United States Code.”
Deemed References to Chapters 509 and 511 of Title 51
General references to “this title” deemed to refer also to chapters 509 and 511 of Title 51, National and Commercial Space Programs, see section 4(d)(8) ofPub. L. 111–314, set out as a note under section 101 of this title.
Relationship to Other Laws
Except as provided in sections 14504, 14504a, and 14506 of this title, subtitle C (§§ 4301–4308) of title IV of Pub. L. 109–59is not intended to prohibit any State or any political subdivision of any State from enacting, imposing, or enforcing any law or regulation with respect to a motor carrier, motor private carrier, broker, freight forwarder, or leasing company that is not otherwise prohibited by law, see section 4302 ofPub. L. 109–59, set out as a note under section 13902 of this title.