How to Register, FMCSA Registration Overview for Motor Carriers

This instructional video provides new motor carrier applicants, offices/agencies, and persons supporting applicants with clear, need-to-know information on how to complete the registration process with FMCSA using the online Unified Registration System (URS). The video also refers carriers to additional resources to answer questions pertaining to their unique operation.

Entry-Level Driver Training for Commercial Driver’s License

Please read the information provided regarding Entry-Level Driver Training for Commercial Driver’s License and please visit for more information.


FMCSA PIN Consolidation

FMCSA PIN Consolidation has taken place to the USDOT, MC and MX PINs into one USDOT PIN and that the MC/MX Docket No. PINs are no longer valid. See the FAQ for further information.

FMCSA Expands Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse FAQs

FMCSA updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the drug and alcohol clearinghouse.

The new FAQs are on FMCSA's drug and alcohol clearinghouse website.

Electronic Logging Devices

Electronic Logging Devices (ELD)

Visit the link above to view information regarding Electronic Logging Devices and Frequently Asked Questions.

Fraudulent and Misleading Marketing to New FMCSA Applicants

Fraudulent and Misleading Marketing

Unified Registration System (URS)

FMCSA changes are going to impact all carriers with a USDOT number.

Please visit the following link to learn more regarding the changes:

Unified Registration System (URS)

Update FMCSA Motor Carrier ID Report

To avoid unnecessary delays with MCS, please make sure that your information on the FMCSA Motor Carrier Unified Registration System is current. MCS does reference this information when a new account is set-up; and/or periodically as needed. Discrepancies between information provided to MCS and what shows up in the federal system, will slow down MCS processes.

If your business has changed its Company Name, USDOT number, TIN (Tax Identification number), and/or mailing or physical address, please make sure to update your forms on the FMCSA site. After this has been completed, please notify MCS at 406-444-6130 so that MCS can keep your account information updated on our MCS systems.

Regardless if the company operation type is listed as Intrastate or as an Interstate carrier, Montana has adopted the federal regulations, therefore, all carriers must do their biennial updates per the filing schedule shown below. Filing schedule. Each motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider must file the appropriate form at the following times:

  • Before it begins operations; and
  • Every 24 months, according to the following schedule:
USDOT No. ending in: Must file by last day of:
1 January
2 February
3 March
4 April
5 May
6 June
7 July
8 August
9 September
0 October

If the next-to-last digit of its USDOT Number is odd, the motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider shall file its update in every odd-numbered calendar year. If the next-to-last digit of the USDOT Number is even, the motor carrier or intermodal equipment provider shall file its update in every even-numbered calendar year.

For further information visit FMCSA Updating Your Registration or Authority.