Delaware became a member of the International Registration Plan (IRP) effective January 1, 1995.  What is IRP? Under this agreement, all motor carriers that operate qualified motor vehicles in the state must register with the IRP.  This plan allows for apportioned registration fees based on mileage accrued in the state and the weight of the vehicle. One benefit of the IRP is that although fees are paid to various jurisdictions, only one plate and cab card are required for each vehicle.  

To declare Delaware as your base jurisdiction, you must show that you have an established place of business with a street address and a listed phone number.  All operation records must be maintained at this address and can be made available when needed.

Delaware IRP Registration

In Delaware, a qualified vehicle is one that is designed and maintained for transporting persons or property.  The vehicles must meet other qualifications such as:

  • A power unit having two axles and a GVW or registered weight exceeding 26,000 pounds, or  
  • A power unit with three or more axles, regardless of weight, or
  • Is used in combination when the weight exceeds 26,000 pounds.

To register your vehicle and apply for an IRP plate, you are required to provide a variety of materials and forms such as:

  • Schedule A/E and Schedule B (for new accounts)
  • Schedule C (for changes to an existing account)
  • Schedule F (for adding jurisdictions)

You’ll also need a copy a valid driver’s license for the individual who signed the registration application.

Once your IRP account is established, you’ll receive the apportioned license plate and a cab card for each vehicle.  The cab card lists all jurisdictions that you are registered to operate in. This decal should be placed on the lower right corner of the registration plate.  The card also shows the IRP renewal date for your plate.

Renewing Your Delaware IRP Plate

Delaware IRP plates must be renewed annually.  In many states, an IRP renewal can be done online.  To find information about Delaware’s online services for motor carriers you must create an account on the website.  

About 30 days before the registration due date, you’ll receive a notice that includes all the necessary information about the process.  Keep in mind that renewals must be received 30 days prior to the due date. Failure to meet IRP and IFTA due dates can result in penalties or fines and could put you off the road for a while.  

How TruckingOffice Can Help

Like most truckers, you stress about deadlines and paperwork and wish there was a better way to handle this aspect of being a trucker.  At TruckingOffice, we understand that motor carriers need more time to drive and build their business. That’s why we created a program that can adapt to all your reporting and record-keeping needs and still be easy to use and secure.

Our TruckingOffice program tracks everything from invoices, dispatches, vehicle maintenance, IRP and IFTA reports, mileage, fuel use, and more.  You’ll be assured of meeting all deadlines and avoid penalties or fines. All of your information is in one place and can be accessed anytime from any computer that has an Internet connection.

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