New MoDOT Carrier Express credentialing system arrives January 19, 2022
Expect easier-to-use apportioned license plate, fuel tax return and intrastate authority credentialing functions early next year when MoDOT unveils the new MoDOT Carrier Express' credentialing system. Save time with the ability to upload documents directly into transactions and use the system dashboard to monitor the progress of your request.

Installation requires closure
In order to remove the old and install the new system,, MoDOT will close the credentialing functions of the online MoDOT Carrier Express system beginning at 11 p.m., Wednesday., Jan. 12, 2022. We will spend the next days closing out the current modules, then installing and preparing the improved system. It will go online at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday., Jan. 19.
While the IRP apportioned plate, IFTA fuel tax and intrastate operating authority (OPA) programs are out of service, MCS agents will complete training, closeout credentialing activities and ready the new system for operation. They will be unavailable by telephone.

Why mid-January?
The mid-January timeframe for the transition was chosen because there are no IRP, IFTA or OPA program deadlines that fall in the middle of January. We will be hard at work behind the scenes during the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.

OSOW and Safety & Compliance remain available
Oversize Overweight and Safety & Compliance functions will remain unchanged during these days. OSOW agents and MCS investigators will answer calls for their programs, only.

In the months leading to the installation, we’ll share more details about the new system functions you and we will both enjoy, as well as training webinar dates and times. We wanted to share the installation dates well in advance so you can plan your own work accordingly. 

Account invoices
In preparation for the system change, MoDOT is now mailing invoices for all outstanding account balances.

If you receive an invoice, please settle your account as soon as possible. Accounts that are non-compliant will neither be eligible to renew nor process a supplement.

If your account should be closed, or you have questions about an invoice, please call us at 1-866-831-6277.
Gather supporting documents for IRP renewal
                      
Apportioned license plate renewals must include:
 
  • Reporting of actual miles accrued by the fleet during the mileage reporting period. For Dec. renewals, report miles from July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021.

  • Submission of a 2020 personal property tax receipt listing all vehicles

  • Submission of an IRS 2290 Form for July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 - Heavy Vehicle Use Tax receipt

Expiration dates are not due dates
Renewal applications are due the first day of the quarter in which the plate expires. Payment is due the first day of the month of expiration. Penalties apply after due dates.
 
MCS encourages carriers to file an application and to pay online. Find step-by-step instructional guides on using MoDOT Carrier Express at www.modot.org/irp. Please note that phone lines are busiest in the weeks between the payment due date and shortly after plate expiration - for the next period, that means that in the near future, the phones will be busiest during September, December and into the early weeks of January.
 
Reminders for those whose plates expire Dec. 31 or March 31:
  • Application due dates for plates that expire at the end of December and March are Oct.1 and Dec.1, respectively. It is vital that a completed application and complete documentation are filed on time this cycle. Failure to meet application deadlines and submission of supporting documents could delay issuance of credentials beyond expiration dates.

  • Each December, the IRS closes its public interface for updating its systems and for training. Be certain your IRS 2290 receipt is in hand by November 30 to avoid renewal delays.
 
Helpful IRS sites for motor carriers:
Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2990 - Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2990
IRS Trucking Tax Center - IRS Trucking Tax Center
You can make a difference
You can help form Missouri's Highway/Rail Crossing Action Plan
The Missouri Department of Transportation seeks your input for the Missouri Highway/Railroad Grade Crossing State Action Plan (SAP). The SAP will serve to guide MoDOT and its partner agencies in identifying specific strategies to improve safety at highway and pathway grade crossings. 

Your input and feedback is crucial to developing the strategies and actions to address highway-rail crossing safety. The survey includes the opportunity to provide feedback on specific crossings that concern you. Please access the online information and survey via this link.
 
The survey will be open until Aug. 15, 2021.
Please feel free to pass this along to others. If you have questions, please contact morail@modot.mo.gov
Missouri's fuel tax to change for the first time in 25 years

Missouri's fuel tax will increase in five annual steps following Governor Mike Parson's signing of a new law that calls for a total additional 12.5 cent-per-gallon increase on sales of gasoline and diesel fuel.

On Oct.1, 2021, Missouri's 17 cents per gallon rate rises to 19.5 cents. Each following year on July 1, Missouri fuel tax will rise by 2.5 cents until the full increase is achieved July 1, 2025. These are the first changes to the Missouri fuel tax rate since 1996.

When the transition to the final tax rate is complete, the additional 12.5 cents, will generate approximately $500 million a year for state and local projects. Cities and counties receive approximately 15% each of the total fuel tax revenue to be used on local transportation system needs. There is also a 3% cost for collection of the revenue.  

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT MY IFTA FUEL TAX RETURN?
The new fuel tax goes into effect on the first day of the 4th quarter 2021 reporting period. MoDOT is adapting its online system and alerted International Fuel Tax Agreement, Inc., to request all jurisdictions adjust their tax return systems. The returns filed in January 2022 will be the first to show a changed Missouri tax rate in 25 years. On July 1 of 2022 - 2025, the next step of the fuel tax will go into effect on the first day of the 3rd quarters of those years.

HOW WILL MoDOT'S SHARE OF THE ADDITIONAL FUNDS BE SPENT?
A list of high-priority unfunded needs, developed with the assistance of regional planning partners, guides MoDOT as additional state or federal funding becomes available. Projects on Tier 1 of the High Priority list are ready to move into the 5-year State Transportation Improvement Plan for construction. It's like the on-deck circle for projects. Link to the High Priority list here.
Need a UCR update here.
Might be new rate chart for 2022. If so, will likely be challenged and program delayed. .
Design-build of new I-70 bridge at Rocheport set to begin this fall
Referred to as the "lynchpin of America," the Missouri River bridge at Rocheport, Mo., (MM 115) carries 12.5 million vehicles - including 3.6 million trucks - annually.

The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission recently selected the Lunda Team as the contractor to replace the existing single, divided 4-lane bridge with twin bridges bearing three lanes each.

Construction is due to begin this fall with completion set by the end of 2024. Plans allow for construction to take place with a limited impact to traffic.

Find the timeline, an artist's rendering of the completed bridge and the opportunity to sign up for project emails at modot.org/RocheportBridge

FUN TRUCKING FACT: Within 48 hours, trucks carrying goods to each of the 48 contiguous states cross the Rocheport Bridge.
Introducing... the UCR decision tree
The Unified Carrier Registration Plan website now boasts a tool you can use to determine whether you need to register for UCR.
 
Simply visit https://plan.ucr.gov/registration-compliance-helper/ and answer a few questions to receive guidance.
Dates of Note
September
30 – Carriers with apportioned plates expiring today must display new credentials tomorrow.

October
1 - Carriers with apportioned plates that expire Dec. 31 must file an IRP renewal application
by this date.
1-31 - IFTA 3rd Quarter 2021 fuel tax filing period
11 - Columbus Day - MoDOT offices closed

November
11 - Veterans Day (Thursday)- MoDOT offices closed
15 - Intrastate Operating Authority renewals - File by date to receive 2022 decals by Jan 1
15 - 2022 IFTA decals mailed to accounts in good standing starting this week.
25 - Thanksgiving Day - MoDOT offices closed

December
1 - Carriers with apportioned plates that expire Dec. 31 must pay renewal fees by this date.
24 - Christmas Day Observed - MoDOT offices closed
31 – New Year’s Day Observed – MoDOT offices closed
31 - 2021 OSOW Blanket permits expire
2021 IFTA license expires
2021 Intrastate Authority stickers expire
2021 Unified Carrier Registration expires - pending announcement of 2022 rates

January
1 - 2022 IFTA decals must be displayed
13-18 - New MoDOT Carrier Express credentialing system cutover. No access to IRP, IFTA or OPA functions online and no access to MCS credentialing agents. OSOW functions and agents and Safety & Compliance investigators operate normally.
17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - MoDOT offices closed
1-31 IFTA 4th Quarter 2021 filing period & IFTA Annual Filers 2021 filing period

February
11 – Lincoln Day Observed (Friday) - MoDOT offices closed
14 – Washington’s Birthday – MoDOT offices closed
MISSOURI STATE HOLIDAYS
MoDOT Offices Closed
Mon., Sept. 6- Labor Day
Mon., Oct. 11 - Columbus Day
Thurs., Nov. 11 - Veterans Day
Thurs., Nov. 25- Thanksgiving Day
Fri., Dec 24 - Christmas Day (Observed)
Fri., Dec 31 - New Years Day (Observed)
OSOW HOLIDAY RESTRICTIONS
During these periods, oversized loads are not allowed to use Missouri highways.
Labor Day - Sept. 3 - Sept. 7
Thanksgiving - Nov. 24 - Nov. 29
Christmas - Dec. 24 - Dec. 27
New Year's Day - Dec. 31 - Jan. 3

Restricted periods begin at noon on the first day and end 30 minutes before sunrise on the last day.