The International Registration Plan (IRP) was created to simplify the proportional registration of fleets of vehicles that travel across state lines.   It eliminates the need for truckers to obtain permits for each state in which they travel. Under the IRP, you will be issued one IRP plate, also known as an Apportioned Plate, and one cab card for each vehicle.  

IRP New Jersey Registration

As an interstate carrier, you must file for an IRP application through your base jurisdiction.  The base state is responsible for distributing all IRP fees to the jurisdictions on your route. You will be responsible for keeping track of mileage and reporting to your base jurisdiction.

New Jersey is your base jurisdiction if you meet the following criteria:  

  • You have an established place of business with a street address, listed phone number, and operate a qualifying vehicle across state lines.  All operational records must be maintained and can be made available at the address you provided.
  • A qualifying vehicle is one that has a power unit with two axles and a registered vehicle weight or gross vehicle weight that exceeds 26,000 pounds, or has three or more axles regardless of weight.  Also, the vehicles must be designed, used, and maintained for transport of persons or property

The IRP registration fees will vary based on the mileage traveled, or expected to travel, in participating jurisdictions.  Some vehicles are exempt from IRP such as recreational vehicles, school buses, vehicles displaying restricted plates, and vehicles operating under separate reciprocity agreements.  

To complete the IRP registration, you will need the following forms:

  1. Schedule A/E and Schedule B for new accounts.
  2. Schedule C for changes to an existing account.
  3. Schedule F for adding jurisdictions.

The forms can be obtained at the local IRP office, or through your base jurisdiction or the DMV.  Keep in mind that an IRP registration does not exempt carriers from any city or town permit fees.

New Jersey IRP Renewal

About three months before your renewal is due, IRP will send a notice to remind you of the pending deadline.  The notice will provide all pertinent information you’ll need for renewing your plate. Also, the renewal date is printed on the cab card.

Some of the documents you’ll need include the following:

  1. Vehicle title or application for title if ownership has changed.
  2. If you are not the Motor Carrier Responsible for Safety, you’ll need a copy of the Authority Lease Agreement.
  3. Federal Schedule 2 (if the vehicle registered at 55,000 pounds or more.)
  4. Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return Form 2290.
  5. Revenue International Registration Plan Schedule B.

A renewal application should be received by the IRP at least 30 days before the due date to avoid penalties.   It is also important to note that you must be compliant with all IFTA quarterly taxes to renew the IRP plate.  

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