Frequently Asked Questions About Motor Carrier Registration

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The Unified Carrier Registration or UCR is the Federally mandated, State administered program for registering all operators of commercial motor vehicles engaged in interstate travel. Visit www.ucr.in.gov for more information or to register for the current year.

A US Department of Transportation (USDOT) number is required if you are operating in interstate and/or intrastate commerce and you meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • You have vehicles that are over 10,000 lbs.;
  • You transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation, whether direct or indirect;
  • You transport 16 or more passengers; or
  • You haul hazardous materials.

You can update your USDOT number information on the SAFER System website by filing a Motor Carrier Identification Report or MCS-150 at www.safer.fmcsa.dot.gov. To update your USDOT number online you will need a Personal Identification Number (PIN), which you can also apply for at www.safer.fmcsa.dot.gov.

For more information on USDOT numbers visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov or call the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at 1-800-832-5660.

Companies that participate in any of the following activities are required to have interstate operating authority (MC number):

  1. Operate as for-hire carriers (for a fee or other compensation);
  2. Transport passengers or arrange for their transport in interstate commerce; or
  3. Transport federally regulated commodities or arrange for transport in interstate commerce.

The MC number is in addition to a USDOT number.

You do not need an MC number, but you will need to register with the Commission if you:

  1. Operate as a for-hire carrier (for a fee or other compensation);
  2. Transport passengers or arrange for their transport in intrastate commerce;
  3. Transport federally regulated commodities or arrange for transport in intrastate commerce.

You do not need an MC number, but you will need to register with the Commission if you:

  1. Solid waste carriers, Including residential and commercial garbage carriers, roll-off container services, waste tire carriers and medical waste carriers. If these carriers transport waste products to a final disposal site across state lines (under the Harper v PSC Decision) they are not required to have a Commission certificate.
  2. Taxi and limousine service. Limousine service does not include non-emergency medical transport, which was removed from Commission jurisdiction by the West Virginia Legislature in 2017.

Wreckers, whether based in West Virginia or across a state line, must register with the Commission if they wish to conduct towing operations point-to-point within West Virginia.