Welcome to the exciting but hardworking world of professional trucking.  If you’re just getting started in the industry, you’re probably confused and overwhelmed by the vast amount of paperwork and fees that are required up front, and ongoing.  You’re hearing terms such as IFTA, IRP, DOT, ELD, and more. We’d like to help. Let’s look at the main points of the International Registration Plan (IRP) to help you get a better idea of what to expect.  

What is IRP?  The International Registration Plan is a reciprocal agreement was established in 1994 between the U.S. and Canada that allows for apportioned fees to be paid by motor carriers traveling among two or more jurisdictions.  The fees can vary from state to state and are based on vehicle weight and mileage accrued in the jurisdiction. IRP fees don’t exclude drivers from paying local fees and taxes. Also, the IRP fees are separate from IFTA quarterly payments.

The great thing about the IRP is that it keeps truckers from having to pay each jurisdiction individually.  The fees (taxes) are collected and paid by the IRP base jurisdiction. The IRP is also a tool for deterring out-of-service vehicles from operating on U.S. highways.

Idaho IRP Registration

To be eligible for Idaho IRP registration, motor carriers must comply with the requirements of the plan.  Here’s how to get apportioned plates. First, if you want to declare Idaho as your base jurisdiction you must meet these stipulations:

  • Established place of business that is a physical structure with a street address in the state of Idaho.  
  • The place of business must be owned, leased, or rented by the Registrant.  It should be staffed by one or more persons during regular business hours.
  • The business must be listed with the Idaho Secretary of State.

Under the IRP, motor carrier vehicles must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Has a power unit with two axles and a GVW exceeding 26.000 pounds, or
  • Has a power unit with three or more axles, regardless of weight, or
  • Is used in combination with the GVW of that combination exceeding 26.000 pounds.

Exemptions to the above include farm vehicles, commercial vehicles, and government-owned or leased vehicles.  

After your registration application is approved, you’ll receive an IRP plate and cab card for each vehicle in your fleet.  

Renewing Your Idaho IRP Plate

Your IRP apportioned plate is issued for one year and must be renewed 30 days before the due date.  For your benefit, the IRP will send a 90-day notice with the due date and other pertinent information about renewal requirements.  

Although the IRP and IFTA have attempted to streamline the reporting and payment process, many drivers still feel burdened by the amount of time it takes to stay compliant.  If you are looking for an easier way to take care of the administrative aspect of your business, TruckingOffice offers a solution.

How TruckingOffice Can Help

TruckingOffice is a software program that was designed to make life easier for motor carriers.  Imagine the freedom of not having to worry about due dates and quarterly reports. Our program tracks your mileage, invoices, dispatches, vehicle maintenance, and more.  You’ll be organized and can access all of your information at any time from any computer.

Start now by taking advantage of our 30-day free trial offer.  You’ll find out how much you need and want the freedom our program provides.  With less time spent on paperwork, you’ll have more time to drive, which is the part you like best, right?  If you have any questions about Idaho IRP or about our program, give us a call.