If you are getting yourself ready to break into the world of professional trucking, you might already be overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork, fees, and other formalities that comes with it. To top everything off, there may have been unfamiliar terms such as IFTA, DOT, IRP, ELD, and more.

You aren’t alone if you can’t make heads and tails of these abbreviations. But, don’t worry; we would like to help you out. Let’s start with the basic question – What is IRP?

A reciprocal agreement established in 1994 between the United States and Canada, The International Registration Plan serves the purpose of making apportioned fees collection from vehicles traveling among two or more states easier. The fees often vary across different states and are calculated based on the mileage covered in a particular jurisdiction and the weight of the vehicle.

The best thing about IRP is that truckers now don’t have to pay taxes to each jurisdiction in their route. On the other hand, they will register with their base state, and the officials will take care of the rest.

Tennessee IRP Registration

Registering your fleet vehicle is a simple one-step procedure which would earn your vehicles an IRP apportioned license plates. You need to first contact your base jurisdiction, state, or province to gather specific information about the criteria and fees as the registration information usually varies from state to state.

You should also reach out to your base jurisdiction in case you need more information regarding;

  • Transferring, adding, or deleting vehicles to your fleet;
  • Or, when there are changes in your gross vehicle weights.

The state registration fee for the apportioned plate varies based on your base state, gross vehicle weight, and the states included in your route. Normally, an 80,000-pound vehicle with 48 lower states registered under their license would have to pay around $1,500 to $2,000. But, this could alter depending in your base state.

Motor carrier vehicles who wish to register under IRP will have to adhere to the following guidelines in order for their application to be approved.

  • Should have a power unit with three or more axles, irrespective of the weight, or
  • Have a power unit with two axles and a GVW of more than 26,000 pounds, or
  • Should exceed 26,000 pounds when used in combination with GVW.

Renewing Your Tennessee IRP Plate

Normally, your IRP plate expires within a year after their issue. To keep you updated about the expiry, the IRP send you a notice 30-45 days before the expiration date. The notice would contain information pertinent to getting your IRP plate renewed.  

Once you file a renewal application, the IRP send a billing notice your way. You need to examine it carefully to make sure that all the jurisdictions that you traveled are accurately listed on your bill. In case of errors, you will have to reach out to the IRP office to fix these. The payment can then be made through any of the payment methods you find comfortable.

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