Transportation Compliance Issues
Farm Bureau members are reminded that…
- Every holder of a USDOT number must update their information every two years by filing form MCS-150. Information can be found at https://bit.ly/2GpkUHG. If the next-to-last digit of its USDOT Number is odd, the motor carrier should update its registration in odd-numbered calendar years. If the next-to-last digit of the USDOT Number is even, the motor carrier should update its registration in even-numbered calendar years. The last number of the USDOT number determines the month it is due in, 1=January, 2=February, 3=March, etc.
- Unified Carrier Registration for the 2021 year begins on October 1st and must be paid before January 1, 2021. This can be done at https://www.ucr.gov/.
For those traveling outside of Illinois, another area of compliance is International Fuel Tax Agreement. If you operate one or more qualified motor vehicles in at least one other IFTA-member jurisdiction, you can apply for an IFTA license and decals. If you qualify as an IFTA licensee but do not wish to participate in the IFTA program, you must obtain single trip permits to travel through member jurisdictions. More information can be found at https://bit.ly/3lQAHzB.
Lastly, anyone who registers a heavy highway motor vehicle in their name with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more must file Form 2290 and pay the tax. Trucks that are used for 5,000 miles or less (7,500 for farm trucks) are required to file a return but are excluded from paying the tax. For more information on how to file go to https://bit.ly/2R2fG6F. This form is due August 31. To expedite the process, you can e-file through a participating commercial software provider and a link to a list of those companies is provided on the above website.
As a reminder, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration never send out reminders. Any reminder emails members receive are a solicitation from compliance companies for their services.