The International Registration Plan is a registration reciprocity agreement. It exists among the 48 contiguous United States, the District of Columbia and 10 Canadian provinces. Also known as IRP, the program facilitates the registration and operation of interstate commercial vehicles. It calculates payment of apportionable fees on the basis of the total distance traveled in each jurisdiction.

With IRP, interstate motor carriers can register their fleets for operation in all IRP member jurisdictions. Additionally, they can do so just by registering with their base jurisdiction. Your base jurisdiction is your home state. The base jurisdiction collects fees for each member jurisdiction in which the carrier operates. Furthermore, each state has its own procedure in place for IRP registration. Additionally, each has processing fees, titling and insurance fees, and taxes. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the IRP registration process in your home state.

IRP Registration Process and Fees

To register under the IRP, you must file an application with the jurisdiction where you established your business – also known as your base jurisdiction. If your base jurisdiction is in Ohio, you will need to know the process for obtaining apportioned registration in Ohio. And, this may be different from the process in California. The best way to go about doing this is to contact your base jurisdiction. They can provide you with IRP registration instructions specific to your state. For example, for an Ohio IRP apportioned license plate, you would need to contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

The cost of an apportioned license plate within each jurisdiction is based on a variety of factors. Miles traveled within each jurisdiction and the combined weight of the commercial vehicles are factors. To calculate the apportioned percentage for any given jurisdiction, divide the distance traveled in that jurisdiction by the total fleet distance. Then, multiply the apportioned percentage by that jurisdiction’s annual fee. This will determine the cost per apportioned vehicle.

For example, at a combined weight of 80,000 pounds and a total of 25,000 (25%) miles traveled in Ohio, the Ohio IRP apportioned fee would be $335, or 25% of the annual fee ($1,340). With a total of 25,000 (25%) miles traveled in Illinois, the apportioned fee would be $797.75, or 25% of the annual fee ($3,191). For the same percentage of miles traveled in Indiana, the apportioned fee would be $510.50, or 25% of the annual fee ($2,042). And for the same percentage of miles traveled in Michigan, the apportioned fee would be $415, or 25% of the annual fee ($1,660).

Qualifying for IRP Registration

The first step in the IRP process is to ensure that your company and your vehicles qualify. To qualify for IRP registration, motor carriers must have an established place of business. They also must operate qualified vehicles in two or more IRP member jurisdictions. Under IRP, a “qualified” vehicle is any vehicle used to transport property or persons for hire across state lines that:

  • Has two axles and gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 pounds, or
  • Has three or more axles, regardless of weight, or
  • Is used in combination, when the gross vehicle weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds.

Qualified commercial vehicles are registered as apportioned vehicles under the IRP. These vehicles receive a special apportioned license plate, as well as an apportioned cab card. The cab card details how much weight the vehicle may carry. Also, it denotes which jurisdictions the vehicle has a license to operate.

To simplify your IRP registration process, contact Trucking Office today for help. Our Trucking Management Software can take the hassle out of it for you.

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