Wednesday, August 8, 2012

International Registration Plan (IRP)

IRP, commonly referred to as Apportion, is a reciprocal agreement for registering vehicles that travel in two or more member jurisdictions. Under the Plan, the interstate operator is required to file an application with their base jurisdiction, which issues a base apportioned license plate and cab card. The base plate and cab card are the only identification or credentials required to qualify the carrier to operate interstate or intrastate in IRP member jurisdictions. The cab card will list those jurisdictions in which the operator has qualified and paid registration fees.

The percentage of miles traveled in each jurisdiction is the basis of IRP registration fees. The number of miles traveled in each jurisdiction for which the registrant apportioned determines the total fees due for an apportioned license plate and cab card. In most cases, the declared gross vehicle weight of the truck or combined gross vehicle weight of the power unit and any trailer determines the fees.

“Apportionable Vehicle” means any vehicle (except trailers, recreational vehicles, vehicles displaying restricted plates, city pickup and delivery vehicles, buses used in transportation of chartered parties, and government-owned vehicles) used or intended for use in two or more member jurisdictions that allocate or proportionally register vehicles, and is used for the transportation of persons for hire or designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property and is:

• A power unit having two axles and a GVW or registered GVW over 26,000 lbs. –or–
• A power unit having three or more axles, regardless of weight –or–
• Used in combination, when the weight of such combination is over 26,000 lbs. GVW

The application and renewal process may vary from state to state and getting all the necessary paperwork together can be very time consuming. Some states have staggered renewal periods, while others do not. As a premier processing agency, Truck Services of North America can assist you in obtaining and renewing your apportioned plates. TSNA takes the paperwork out of your way. For more details contact us at or call 803.386.0320.

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