Michigan IFTA Information

Located under The Great Lakes is Michigan or “The Wolverine State,” with a population of almost 10 million people. To receive your IFTA license for Michigan you must complete an application for the Department of Treasury. There is currently no charges for a license or decals.


State Requirements IFTA Michigan Licensing


If you’re new to the trucking industry, you’ll have plenty of questions about the International Fuel Tax Agreement.  At first glance, it may seem terribly complicated. But, compared to the way fuel use taxes were reported and collected in the past, the IFTA is a more straightforward process.  In the past, truckers were required to file fuel use taxes with each state on their route. They were also required to display stickers for each state they traveled through. Today, truckers only need to submit one application, have one set of credentials, and file only one quarterly tax return.  Your IFTA Michigan license allows you to enjoy the benefits of this more efficient process.


Who Needs an IFTA Sticker?


To obtain your Michigan IFTA license, you must meet the following requirements:  

  1. Michigan must be your base jurisdiction.  This means you have an established business in the state and travel interstate among one or more member jurisdictions.
  2. Your qualifying vehicle(s) is used, maintained, and designed for transporting persons or property.
  3. Each vehicle in your fleet should meet the qualifications listed here.

Once you receive the license, a copy must be carried in each vehicle in your fleet.  The IFTA decals should be visibly displayed on both sides of the cab’s exterior. If your vehicles are operated by more than one licensee during the year, you must display IFTA decals for each active licensee.  

The IFTA also requires filing quarterly fuel use tax forms.  To avoid penalties, you should submit the forms according to the following due dates:


Quarterly IFTA Due Dates

Q1 January – March April 30
Q2 April – June July 31
Q3 July – September October 31
Q4 October – December January 31


IFTA Michigan Related Links and Forms

Call: (517) 636-4580

Michigan IFTA Tax Forms and Links


Penalties for late filing can be as much as 10% of the amount owed each jurisdiction, or $50, whichever is greater.  Delinquency may interfere with renewing your IFTA Michigan license.


Renewing Your Michigan IFTA License


Michigan IFTA licenses are issued for one year, beginning January 1st and expiring December 31st.  You should apply for renewal before November 30 to avoid any delay in getting your IFTA permits. Carriers in Michigan have a grace period through February to display new IFTA decals as long as their renewal was completed before the current license expired.  Licenses will not be renewed if you are delinquent on IFTA taxes. You can obtain a temporary IFTA permit if your credentials are not up-to-date.

IFTA sticker replacements are available if the originals were lost, destroyed, stolen, or undelivered.  Also, you must obtain replacement decals if a vehicle is sold and a new vehicle is purchased.

Like most other truckers, you may be looking for a better way to keep track of all the IFTA rules, deadlines, and documents.  If so, you should contact TruckingOffice today to find out how we can help you get organized, leaving you more time to build your business.


How TruckingOffice Can Help


Being a trucker shouldn’t include a paperwork nightmare.  With TruckingOffice, we take care of the details so you can spend your valuable time making money and doing what you do best—trucking.  Our software manages all aspects of your business from invoices, dispatches, mileage, vehicle maintenance, and fuel use taxes, keeping all of your information in one place. Your miles are calculated automatically using PC*Miler. Call to learn more about our program.

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