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Due to the COVID-19 Virus, MCS locations statewide and district offices will not be taking walk-in customers for permits, IRP and IFTA registrations. Please contact us at (406) 444-6130 and an MCS License & Permit Technician will contact you regarding your registration. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

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FMCSA Expands Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse FAQs

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

Electronic Logging Devices

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

Fraudulent and Misleading Marketing to New FMCSA Applicants

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:

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.