Friday, October 19, 2012

IRP Basics

What is IRP?
IRP is the International Registration Plan that is an agreement for the registration of commercial motor vehicles involved in interjurisdictional travel throughout the 48 contiguous United States and 10 provinces in Canada.

Benefits of IRP?
IRP facilitates the collection and distribution of registration fees you pay between member jurisdictions while reducing the requirement of multiple license plates, cab cards or registration trip permits The fees are based on percentage of total distance the registered fleet of vehicles operated in each jurisdiction.

What are the IRP fees used for?
The fees are used to support highway infrastructure and safety related programs providing safer, more efficient highways.

Jurisdiction Responsibilities
  • Register apportioned vehicles 
  • Calculate, collect and distribute fees
  •  Audit carriers 
  • Provide required information to carriers 
  • Enforce requirements

Registrant Responsibilities
  • Applying for IRP registration
  • Provide proper documentation
  • Pay IRP registration fees
  • Display registration credentials
  • Maintain accurate distance records
  • Make records available for review

Importance of maintaining accurate records
Clear and accurate record keeping is critical to the fair assesment and distribution of IRP registration fees. Records must be maintained for 3 years after the close of the registration period. If requested for an audit, they must be made available.  

The registration and renew
al process may vary from state to state. For more information on IRP, check out  or contact your base jurisdiction.  

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