International Registration Plan (IRP)

What Is IRP Apportioned Registration?

IRP stands for the INTERNATIONAL REGISTRATION PLAN. The IRP was adopted for the registration of commercial motor vehicles engaged in interstate operations and to promote and encourage the fullest possible use of the highway system by authorizing the apportioned registration of fleets of motor vehicles and the recognition of apportioned registered vehicles in other jurisdictions, thus contributing to the economic and social development and growth of the jurisdictions.

The term APPORTIONED means basically what it says. Under the IRP, the registration fee paid by the registrant is determined by the percentage of miles traveled in each state. The registrant reports the mileage for each state to the base state on the required application, and the base state calculates the fees due and collects the fees for each state. The base state then distributes the monies to the appropriate states.

Under the IRP, the interstate operator is required to file an application with the state in which the operator is based. The base state issues a base IRP Apportioned Registration license plate and IRP cab card. The IRP plate and cab card are the only REGISTRATION identification or credentials required to qualify the operator to operate interstate &/or intrastate in member jurisdictions the operator has applied for, providing the operator has the proper Operating Authority and Fuel Permits. IRP Apportioned Registration DOES NOT exempt the registrant from other requirements such as fuel licenses, fuel permits or operating authority.

Who Must IRP Apportion Register?

Any operator operating or intending to operate one (1) or more APPORTIONABLE VEHICLE(S) into or through two (2) or more of the member jurisdictions must be IRP registered or purchase Trip Permits for each jurisdiction.

“Apportionable Vehicle” means any vehicle, except recreational vehicles, vehicles displaying restricted plates, city pick up and delivery vehicles, buses used in transportation of chartered parties, and Government-owned vehicles, used or intended for use in two (2) 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 (2) or more axles and a gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 pounds; or
  • Is a power unit having three (3) or more axles, regardless of weight; or
  • Is used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight

For more information visit the New York State One Stop Credentialing and Registration Web site (OSCAR The preceding external link opens a new browser window).




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