The IRP differs from the IFTA, and you are required to register with both if you operate interstate with a qualified motor vehicle.
Florida IRP Registration
Before applying for an IRP plate, you need to make sure you meet the requirements. In Florida, vehicle owners are required to register under IRP if:
- You operate a qualified vehicle(s) across state lines
- The gross vehicle weight (GVW) exceeds 26,000 pounds, or
- The vehicle has 3 or more axles regardless of weight, or
- The power unit and trailer have a combined GVW that exceeds 26,000 pounds.
- The vehicle is designed, maintained, and used for the transport of persons or property.
You will also need to show that you have an established place of business in Florida that employs at least one person. A withholding statement or check stub or W-2 form can be used. Other required IRP registration forms are listed here.
Once you are registered, you’ll receive one Apportioned Plate and cab card for each vehicle in your fleet.
Renewing Your Florida IRP Plate
The state of Florida has what is known as a staggered IRP renewal system. What this means is that your IRP plate expires at midnight on the last day of the month shown on the plate. It’s important to remember that there is no grace period on this renewal system, and the penalties for late renewal are assessed on the 11th day of the renewal month. Penalties are based on the vehicle license tax and can range from $5 to $250.
You can apply for a renewal by contacting your base jurisdiction, a local IRP office, or apply online. The e-file request form must be completed first. A quick reference, step-by-step renewal process guide is provided here.
About three months before the renewal date, you will receive a notice from the IRP with instructions for renewing your IRP plate. You are encouraged to apply right away to avoid any delays or penalties.
You must also be compliant with all IFTA reporting and payments before your IRP renewal can be approved. Also, the renewal application must be received by the IRP office at least 30 days before the designated due date.
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