If you’re ready to launch your new business as a professional trucker you probably have some questions about the IRP and how it applies to you as a motor carrier.  What is IRP? Overall, the International Registration Plan, Inc. is a streamlined method for collecting and disbursing highway use taxes.

The plan was created in 1996 as a reciprocal agreement between the U.S. and Canada that allows for apportioned fees to be paid to each jurisdiction on your route.   Under the plan, drivers no longer need to register and pay fees individually to each state they travel through. You’ll register with your base jurisdiction, and they take care of the rest.

Hawaii IRP Registration

Hawaii and Alaska are both exempt from the IRP.  However, if Hawaii is your base state, you can still register through one of the other states in which you’ll be operating.  You must meet certain qualifications before you can be approved for an apportioned IRP plate:

  • Provide proof of a physical structure in Hawaii where you operate your business.  The structure must have a street address and a listed telephone number. Also, you are required to provide the names of all persons doing business at the address.  The business must be open during regular working hours by one or more persons employed by the registrant. Employees must be performing duties related to the trucking business.  All operational records must be maintained and made available if needed.


  • You operate a qualified motor vehicle among two or more jurisdictions.  A qualified vehicle is one that is designed, maintained, and used for transporting persons or property.  The vehicle must be a power having a GVW of 26.000 pounds, or has three or more axles regardless of weight, or is used in combination when the weight of such combination exceeds 26.000 pounds GVW.

After your application has been approved, you’ll receive an apportioned IRP plate and one cab card for each vehicle.  The card lists the jurisdictions you are allowed to operate in and shows the date for renewing your registration. Place the cab card in the lower right-hand corner of the IRP plate.

IRP fees vary from state to state based on the mileage accrued in each jurisdiction and the weight of the vehicle.  Also, these fees are separate from IFTA payments and any state or local fees or taxes.

Renewing Your Hawaii IRP Plate

All IRP registrations are issued for one year.  About 90 days before your registration expires, you’ll receive a notice from your base jurisdiction.  The notice includes all the information you’ll need for renewing your IRP Hawaii plate. The renewal application should be received by the IRP at least 45 days before the expiration date of the current registration.  When the renewal bill arrives, be sure to submit your payment at least 20 days before the expiration date of the current registration.

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