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Information for Motor Carriers

Information for Motor Carriers

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About IRP: The International Registration Plan (Plan) is a reciprocity agreement among states of the US, the District of Columbia and provinces of Canada which recognizes the registration of commercial motor vehicles issued by other jurisdictions. Motor carriers register with and pay to one jurisdiction. The fee is based on the percentage of distance traveled in each jurisdiction according to that jurisdiction’s fee schedule; these fees are then distributed to the relevant jurisdictions. Registered motor carriers receive apportioned plates and are able to travel through all IRP member jurisdictions. Commercial motor vehicles either alone or used in combination weighing more than 26,000 pounds (11,794 kilograms), and traveling in two or more jurisdictions, are likely registered under IRP.

IRP's fundamental principle is to promote and encourage the fullest possible use of the highway system.

Registering with IRP: To register your vehicle with IRP apportioned license plates and therefore be able to operate in multiple states or provinces, motor carriers must register in their base jurisdiction (state or province). Contact your base jurisdiction (state or province) for specific information and requirements.

Access contact information for IRP jurisdictions. IRP, Inc. cannot provide registration information for specific jurisdictions.

Other questions: You should also contact your base jurisdiction for information regarding:

  • Adding, deleting or transferring vehicles in my fleet during a registration year
  • Changing registered gross vehicle weights during the registration year

Resources for Motor Carrier Licensing and Compliance Specialists: If your professional role concentrates on motor carrier permitting, licensing, safety and / or compliance, consider an IRP affiliate membership.

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