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URS implementation date extension

From the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA):

FMCSA is extending the implementation date of the final stage of the Unified Registration System (URS) beyond January 14, 2017 because additional time is needed to securely migrate data from multiple legacy platforms into a new central database and to conduct further compatibility testing with its State partners. The Agency recently completed a complex migration of its information technology systems to a “cloud” environment. This mitigation effort was a necessary step in order to provide a foundation to successfully implement URS.

By moving the implementation date, FMCSA is providing its State partners more time to develop, update, and verify data connectivity and system reliability. The additional time will also enable the Agency to conduct more thorough training and to implement broader outreach and education activities that will provide for a seamless transition.

The Agency is working with its Information Technology contractor to finalize a revised implementation schedule. FMCSA will publish a Federal Register Notice in early January 2017 announcing the revised regulatory compliance dates.

Since the December 2015 launch of the initial phase of URS, FMCSA estimates that the industry has saved more than $3 million in registration expenses. In addition, the Agency issued over 100,000 new USDOT numbers, removed more than 360,000 dormant USDOT numbers from its databases, and achieved a 100 percent screening of operating authority applications for disqualified carriers attempting to fraudulently “reincarnate” as new operators.