WHAT IS IRP?
The International Registration Plan is an agreement that provides for the apportioned registration of commercial motor vehicles, allowing a qualifying commercial vehicle to travel through several jurisdictions with one license plate, provided the apportioned registration fees have been paid for each jurisdiction of travel shown on the cab card. The lower 48 states, the District of Columbia, and the 10 Canadian provinces are members of the organization.
Registration is based upon “apportioning” the fees, which means paying fees in proportion to the distance traveled in each jurisdiction. For example, if a carrier operates 70 percent of its miles in Wisconsin and 30 percent of its miles in Illinois, then 70 percent of the registration fees are paid to Wisconsin and 30 percent to Illinois. A carrier registers in a single base state or province (base jurisdiction). When you are apportioned, you must keep track of all mileage by jurisdiction using an individual vehicle mileage record (IVMR) or other electronic recording devices, such as GPS or electronic logging devices.
Most fleets tracking this information manually struggle with:
- Locating missing IVMRs and related data, including miles
- Compiling the miles in each state and province
- Accurately completing required forms
- Overlooking miles when totaling miles for each jurisdiction