License plates in the trucking industry have many different names: IRP, apportioned registration, etc. Navigating the registration process is not simple, so we’ll try to shed some light onto it.
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In this episode I interview Ariel, Motor Carrier HQ’s resident expert on the International Registration Plan, often referred to as IRP or apportioned registration. We talk about what IRP is, who has to get apportioned plates, and some of the process to make it happen.
To learn more about the process, check out What Is IRP or Apportioned Plates on Motor Carrier HQ’s site. It also has a link you can follow to get the contact info for the department in your state where you go to set it all up.
Here are some of the common questions about IRP we cover in this episode.
What is IRP?
IRP is really the process of getting the license plate for your truck. IRP stands for International Registration Plan, and it is also called apportioned plates. It creates a way for commercial vehicles to pay registration fees for every state.
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Where do you register for IRP?
You have to figure out what department in your state handles IRP registrations, most of the time it’s the Motor Carrier Division. Here is the official site to find the jurisdiction in your state.
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Who is required to register under IRP?
Carriers who cross state lines and run over 26,000 pounds should get apportioned plates. Some states allow you to get it if you have 10,000 pounds, but it’s often good to have apportioned plates if you’re crossing state lines in general.
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How do you register under IRP?
1. Find the place within your state that does it.
Each state is different, and it’s important to do your research to find the right place. You can use the search function on IRP’s official site.
2. Make sure your authority is active.
You can’t open an IRP account without an active MC Number.
3. Provide four proofs of residency or establish your place of business.
Those four items can include:
- Articles of organization
- EIN letter
- Utility bills
- Mortgage statements
- Bank statements
4. Fill out the application.
You can often get them online and you can fax them to the appropriate place. You can contact them to find out how to apply, whether it’s email, fax, or in person. The application asks for:
Basic company info
- Phone number
- Owner of the company
- Members of the company
- What their titles are
- Unit number
- Purchase date
- Purchase price
5. Expect to be asked for additional information or documents.
Depending on the state, you may be asked for things like:
- Emissions certificate
- State safety inspection
- Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) (Form 2290)
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How much does it cost to register under the IRP?
For Chris and Haulin Assets, IRP cost just short of $1,700 for one year. The cost for IRP varies based on your vehicle’s weight limit.
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How are IFTA and IRP similar?
Many states allow you to register for IFTA and IRP at the same time, but others do not.
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