Mississippi IRP Information
What is IRP? The International Registration Plan is an agreement between the United States and Canada that manages the apportioned collection and payment of registration fees among jurisdictions. The fees are determined by the distance traveled in each jurisdiction and type of vehicle involved in the operation. The IRP fees are separate from the IFTA, state, or local fees and taxes you will be paying.
Mississippi IRP Registration
If Mississippi is your base state, you are required to have a USDOT number and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) before applying for an IRP plate. The USDOT number helps the FMCSA track and monitor safety standards to reduce accidents. As part of the PRISM program, Mississippi can prohibit motor carriers from operating if they are not correctly registered.
You must meet the following qualifications to receive an IRP apportioned plate:
- Have an established business that is a physical structure with a street address. The employees must be performing tasks related to your trucking operation during regular business hours. All operational records must be maintained at this location.
- You operate in two or more jurisdictions with a qualifying vehicle. A qualifying vehicle is one that is designed and used for transporting persons or property.
- The vehicle must also be a power unit having 2 axles with a gross vehicle weight that exceeds 26,000 pounds, or has 3 or more axles, regardless of weight, or is used in a combination that exceeds 26,000 pounds.
You can find more information about IRP registration and apply online here. Once your application is approved, you’ll receive one IRP plate and cab card for each vehicle in your fleet. These items must be with the vehicle at all times.
Renewing Your Mississippi IRP Plates
It’s been a busy year for you as you’ve been building your business, and time has flown. Now, it’s time to review your IRP registration. You should receive a notification about the renewal date about 90 days before the renewal is due. The packet will include all information regarding forms needed and so forth.
You may submit the renewal by mail, or in person to an IRP office, or you can renew online. The renewal should be received by the IRP at least 30 days before the due date. Late filing or payment can result in fines or penalties.
Keep in mind that you must be current with all taxes and fees before your renewal can be approved.
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