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Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)

Each year, interstate carriers, leasing companies, brokers, and freight forwarders who cross the state line while operating a self-propelled or towed vehicle on highways in commerce that meets one of the conditions listed below are required to obtain a Unified Carrier Registration (UCR).
  • It has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of at least 10,001 pounds, whichever is greater.
  • It is designed to transport more than 10 passengers, including the driver.
  • It is transporting USDOT-regulated hazardous material that requires placarding.

The enforcement date to register for a 2015 UCR is: Jan. 1, 2015. Failing to file and pay the registration fee can result in a citation and fine.

Filing for a UCR

In as little as 10 minutes, carriers can renew and pay for their UCR from any computer or smartphone with Internet access. Before you start, be sure you:
  • Know the USDOT number.
  • Have a credit card or checkbook available.
  • Are aware that the computer session will timeout if there is significant idle time. If that happens, close the Internet window and begin the process again.
If a carrier is no longer in operation or never crosses the state line and wishes to avoid further UCR renewal notices, the carrier must inactivate or update its USDOT number.

View Instructions for completing the UCR registration, updating the USDOT number, or inactivating the USDOT number.

If you do not want, or are unable, to use the method listed above, please call the FMCSA Support Services line at 800-832-5660 during regular business hours (EST).

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Motor carrier seminars and motor vehicle presentations

To request a presentation or educational program, please contact:

Motor Vehicle Enforcement
P.O. Box 10473
Des Moines, IA 50306-0473
Telephone:  515-237-3135
Fax:  515-237-3387

Motor carrier seminars

The Iowa DOT's Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement provides training seminars that are required by Iowa law for carriers requesting liquid and/or passenger for hire authority. Successful completion of this course satisfies the Iowa Code requirement.

The required $200 fee will allow a carrier to register and send up to three personnel from their operation.

This one-day seminar will assist the carrier in awareness and understanding of what rules, regulations and laws they are required to comply with in relation to commercial vehicle operations.

Motor vehicle presentations

The Iowa DOT's Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement may provide presentations on specific topics as requested. Topics such as commercial driver's license, hours of service, equipment inspection criteria, weight laws, and duties of motor vehicle enforcement officers are some of the more common requests.

Requests will be handled according to staffing levels. Staff from the Office of Motor Vehicle Enforcement will tailor requested programs to fit time constraints, schedules and dates.

Trucking companies, service clubs, associations and law enforcement agencies continue to utilize the availability of these presentations.

Related websites

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) home page
FMCSA's Education and Technical Assistance Program
Hazardous materials safety - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance



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Iowa driver's license issuance sites
To find a driver's license issuance site, enter a ZIP code or click on the map below - it does not have to be in the county where you reside. View full size map

 DOT drivers license offices
 County drivers license offices
 Kiosk locations
(learn more about kiosks)

Driver's license stations by county

Adair Clay Hancock Madison Sac
Adams Clayton Hardin Mahaska Scott
Allamakee Clinton Harrison Marion Shelby
Appanoose Crawford Henry Marshall Sioux
Audubon Dallas Howard Mills Story
Benton Davis Humboldt Mitchell Tama
Black Hawk Decatur Ida Monona Taylor
Boone Delaware Iowa Monroe Union
Bremer Des Moines Jackson Montgomery Van Buren
Buchanan Dickinson Jasper Muscatine Wapello
Buena Vista Dubuque Jefferson O'Brien Warren
Butler Emmet Johnson Osceola Washington
Calhoun Fayette Jones Page Wayne
Carroll Floyd Keokuk Palo Alto Webster
Cass Franklin Kossuth Plymouth Winnebago
Cedar Fremont Lee Pocahontas Winneshiek
Cerro Gordo Greene Linn Polk Woodbury
Cherokee Grundy Louisa Pottawattamie Worth
Chickasaw Guthrie Lucas Poweshiek Wright
Clarke Hamilton Lyon Ringgold  

Kiosk locations

  County Address
Altoona Library Polk 700 Eighth St. SW
Ames Library Story 515 Douglas Ave.
Ankeny Driver License Issuance Site Polk 6310 SE Convenience Blvd. 
Bettendorf Library Scott 2950 Learning Campus Dr.
Burlington Library Des Moines 210 Court St.
Cedar Falls Library Black Hawk 524 Main St.
Cedar Rapids Hy-Vee Linn 3235 Oakland Road NE
Council Bluffs Hy-Vee Pottawattamie 2323 W. Broadway
Davenport Hy-Vee Scott 2200 West Kimberly Road
Des Moines Hy-Vee – east side Polk 2540 E. Euclid
Des Moines Hy-Vee - south side Polk 1107 SE Army Post Road
Des Moines Library (downtown) Polk 1000 Grand Ave.
Dubuque Hy-Vee on Arterial Dubuque 2395 NW Arterial
Dubuque Hy-Vee on Locust Dubuque 400 S. Locust St.
Iowa City Library Johnson 123 S. Linn St.
Marion Library Linn 1095 Sixth Ave.
Marshalltown Hy-Vee Marshall 802 S. Center St.
Mason City Hy-Vee Cerro Gordo 2400 Fourth St. SW
North Liberty Library Johnson 520 W. Cherry St.
Ottumwa Hy-Vee Wapello 1025 North Quincy Ave.
Sioux City Kum& Go Woodbury 1925 S. Lakeport St.
Waterloo Library Black Hawk 415 Commercial St.
Waukee Hy-Vee Dallas 1005 East Hickman Road
West Des Moines Library Polk 4000 Mills Civic Parkway

Vehicle registration and titling information
Vehicle registration is handled by your county treasurer's office. Please contact them for questions regarding your registration fees.

Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services

Mailing address

Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services
P.O. Box 10382
Des Moines, IA  50306-0382


Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services
6310 SE Convenience Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50021

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

If you are a new carrier and are coming into the office to register for International Registration Plan (IRP) and/or International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA), you need to be here no later than 2 p.m.

If you are coming into the office for assistance with your IRP renewal, you need to be here no later than 4 p.m.

Holiday closings

New Years Day
Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
Martin Luther King Day
Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
Memorial Day
Monday, May 25, 2015
Independence Day
Friday, July 3, 2015
Labor Day
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015
Veterans Day
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015
Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015
Friday, Nov. 27, 2015
Friday, Dec. 25, 2015


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