What is the International Registration Plan (IRP)?
by Apex Capital | October 5, 2016
If youâre starting your own trucking company, youâre probably overwhelmed and a little confused with the registration and licensing processes, including the International Registration Plan (IRP). Let us explain what it is and how you can register, so you can start hauling faster.
What is the IRP?
The International Registration Plan (IRP) is a state filing that allows your truck to travel between the United States, Washington D.C., and Canadian provinces. If youâre going to be hauling freight in any of these jurisdictions and meet other vehicle requirements, youâll need to get IRP apportioned license plates and a cab card.
The IRP Registration Process
Youâll need to contact your home jurisdiction or where you have an âEstablished Place of Businessâ to register your vehicle and receive your companyâs apportioned plates and cab card. Whatever state you formed your trucking company in is most likely your home jurisdiction. Next, find your stateâs contact information in the IRP Directory and contact them for specific information and requirements to continue your registration. Each state has different requirements, but most states require what is listed below.
Documents Needed for IRP Registration:
- Your stateâs completed IRP application
- Proof of residency or established place of business (such as copies of your utility bills or property tax bill)
- Proof of current insurance showing limits of liability coverage
- USDOT Number
- Federal Tax Identification Number
- Proof of paid UCR fees
- Copy of lease agreement (if you are leasing onto another carrier)
- Copy of filed Form 2290 (Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Form)
- Current registration (if you are renewing)
When Do I Renew My IRP Registration?
IRP renewal depends on what state youâre registered in, as well as when you initially registered. Youâll find your plateâs expiration date on your cab card, and itâs up to you to make sure your IRP stays current. As part of your renewal, youâll also need to keep track of the miles you travel in each jurisdiction because your previous yearâs mileage in each state determines your fees. Be sure to keep all activity, fuel purchases and state mileage records for every truck annually. The reporting period runs July 1 to June 30 of the following year.
How Much Does IRP Registration Cost?
IRP fees depend on what state youâre registered in, what states youâre hauling in, what equipment youâre registering, and how many vehicles youâre registering. Fees can vary widely, so check irponline.org for some examples.
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