If you are new to the trucking industry, the first question you may be asking is “What is IRP?”  The International Registration Plan was created to simplify the process of reporting, collecting, and distributing commercial motor carrier registration fees among jurisdictions (states or provinces).

Illinois IRP Registration

When a commercial motor carrier operates across state lines, he must register with the IRP office in his base jurisdiction to obtain an IRP plate, also known as an Apportioned plate.  You can find the contact information for the Illinois IRP office here.

To qualify for an IRP plate you and your vehicles must meet certain requirements.  For instance:

  • You must be able to provide documentation that proves you have an established place of business in the state of Illinois.
  • All operational records must be maintained and can be made available to the IRP at the place of business indicated.
  • Vehicles qualify if they have two axles and a GVW of 26,000 pounds or more, or
  • The vehicles each have three or more axles regardless of weight.
  • Your vehicles are designed, maintained, and used for transporting persons or property in two or more jurisdictions..

Once your application is received and approved, you will receive one IRP plate and one cab card for each vehicle you operate.  Motor carriers are responsible for tracking and reporting mileage accrued in each jurisdiction. All reports and fees must be up-to-date before you can renew your plate.

Renewing Your Illinois IRP Plate

In the state of Illinois, you can be arrested if you are found to be operating with an expired IRP plate.  The renewal date is shown on the cab card you received, and you will receive a reminder notice from the IRP about three months before the renewal due date.  It is important that the IRP receives your renewal application at least 30 days before the due date. Late applications are subject to fines and penalties.

Fleets with less than 250 units and minimal changes can renew online.  If you are unable to apply online, you can contact your base jurisdiction, make an appointment by calling 217-785-1800, or you can apply by mail at:

Office of the Secretary of State

Commercial and Farm Truck Division

501 South 2nd Street, Room 300 Howlett Building

Springfield, IL  62756

If you apply by mail, be sure to submit it by February 1st to allow sufficient processing time.  Payments submitted by mail should be sent no later than March 1st.

Before applying for a renewal, you should review the recent changes in requirements and reporting processes implemented in the state.  More information about Illinois IRP rules and regulations can be found here.

How TruckingOffice Can Help

If you are feeling overwhelmed and confused at this point, you’re not alone.  Thousand of other truckers have felt the same about the IRP and IFTA rules and deadlines.  But, now that they are using our TruckingOffice program, they no longer have to worry about missing those due dates or keeping up with all the paperwork.  We track everything from dispatches, invoices, mileage, fuel use, expenses, vehicle maintenance, IRP and IFTA reports, and much more.

We understand the importance of keeping your truck on the road.  With that in mind, we designed our program to take care of all the administrative tasks so you are free to build your business.  

We invite you to give our program a free-trial for 30-days by signing up now.  If you need more information about TruckingOffice or IRP plate registration, give us a call at the toll-free number.  One of our representatives will be happy to provide any information you need.