We’d like to congratulate you on becoming a member of the professional trucking industry.  Like most new truckers, you will have many questions about the IRP, IFTA, USDOT, and more. In this discussion, we provide information and links to help you get the answers.

Before you can get your independent motor carrier operation off and run, you may need an IRP apportioned plate.  What is IRP for trucking? The IRP, meaning International Registration Plan, is a simplified method for collecting and disbursing registration fees among jurisdictions.  The IRP apportioned plate allows you to drive in any jurisdiction without having to register with them individually.

If you are operating a commercial vehicle across two or more jurisdictions, you must register with the IRP office in your base jurisdiction of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts IRP Registration

To obtain an IRP apportioned plate, you must provide certain documents and meet several qualifications.  For instance:

  1. Established place of business:  Show that you have an established place of business in Massachusetts that is a physical structure with a street address.  You’ll need to show proof that the structure is owned or leased by the registrant. Employees must be conducting business that is related to the registrant’s trucking operation during regular business hours. All operational records must be maintained and can be made available at this location.
  2. Qualifying vehicle:  The vehicle is designed, maintained, and primarily used to transport property or persons. The power unit should have two axles with a gross vehicle weight over 26,000 pounds, or have three axles regardless of weight, or is used in combination with the combined weight exceeding 26,000 pounds.  
  3. USDOT number:  If you operate a CMV in Massachusetts, a USDOT number is required.  Read about the requirements here, and you can register on the FMCSA website.

IRP registration fees vary from state to state and are based on miles traveled in each jurisdiction and the type of vehicle you operate.  Information about how to submit a Massachusetts IRP application can be found here.

Once your application is approved, you’ll receive an IRP apportioned plate and one cab card for each vehicle in your fleet.  Keep these items with your vehicle at all times.

Renewing Your Massachusetts IRP Plate

IRP plates must be reviewed each year.  About 90 days before the renewal due date, you’ll receive a notification that includes all of the information you’ll need for the renewal.  If you don’t receive the packet or have lost it, the instructions can be found here.

When applying for the renewal you’ll need to provide proof of paid IFTA quarterly taxes, Federal Highway Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290, and any other state or local taxes and fees.  

The renewal application must be received by the IRP office at least 30 days before the due date.  If not, you may incur fines or penalties.

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