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IRP FAQ: Registration
FAQs: Registration

    Apportionable vehicles must be registered under IRP. The Plan defines an apportionable vehicle as: any vehicle that is used or intended for use in two or more member jurisdictions and that is used for the transportation of persons for hire or designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property, and:

    (i) has two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 pounds (11,793.401 kilograms), or

    (ii) has three or more axles, regardless of weight, or

    (iii) is used in combination, when the gross vehicle weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds (11,793.401 kilograms).

    Exceptions: Recreational vehicles, vehicles displaying restricted plates, or government-owned vehicles.

    Optional: Trucks or truck tractors, or combinations of vehicles having a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds (11,793.401 kilograms), or less.

  • No, the Plan does not require the apportionment of trailers.

    Section 515 of the Plan states "A Trailer, Semi-Trailer, or Auxiliary Axle properly registered in any Jurisdiction shall be granted full and free Reciprocity.

  • All requirements must be met before credentials are issued. There may also be some jurisdictional delays, so check with your base jurisdiction.

  • This practice exists to prevent the misuse of any unexpired plates. The base jurisdiction may require plates either be returned or that the motor carrier certify they have been destroyed. This is done if a vehicle is removed from a fleet during the registration year because the vehicle has been sold, destroyed, or otherwise removed from the service of the motor carrier.

  • Base jurisdiction is where the motor carrier has an established place of business and owns, leases, or rents a physical structure that is designated by a street name or road. Jurisdictions require proof of this. Jurisdictions require documents as proof, such as utility bills in a company or a person’s name, state government provided documents showing corporate residency, weapons permit (US only), driver’s license, titles, tax returns showing home jurisdiction address, or health care card (Canada only).

  • Canada and the US have the same requirements for IRP. However, each jurisdiction (both Canadian and US) may vary for vehicle registration, processing fees, titling and insurance/other taxes. If you are a motor carrier planning to cross the border between Canada and the US, access cross border requirements.

  • Yes, the IRP Plan allows for these vehicles to be registered in IRP at the option of the registrant.

  • No, the base jurisdiction does not need to be the same.

  • Application/registration periods are determined by each jurisdiction; the reporting period is always July 1 to June 30 and is dictated by the IRP Plan.

Disclaimer: The answers are general in nature and more specific information should be sought from your base jurisdiction.

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