IFTA - International Fuel Tax Agreement

IFTA is the International Fuel Tax Agreement and is a tax collection agreement by and among the 48 contiguous States and the 10 Canadian Provinces bordering the US, in which motor fuels use taxation laws are uniform with respect to qualified motor vehicles operated in more than one member jurisdiction.

Is there an alternative to IFTA registration?

Is there an alternative to IFTA registration? If a carrier qualifies as an IFTA licensee, but does not wish to participate in the IFTA program, temporary fuel use permits must be obtained to travel through member urisdictions according to the regulations of each member jurisdiction.

Should I register for IFTA in my state?

A qualified motor vehicle is a motor vehicle used, designed, or maintained for transportation of persons or property having:
  • Two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms; or
  • Having three or more axles regardless of weight; or
  • Is used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds, or 11,797 kilograms gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight.
Qualified Motor Vehicle does not include recreational vehicles unless they are used in conjunction with any business endeavor. Recreational vehicles are vehicles such as motor homes, pickup trucks with attached campers and buses when used exclusively for personal pleasure by an individual.

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How do I apply for an Florida IFTA license?

Complete an Application for International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Credentials (HSMV 85008) and submit it to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Renewal applications may be filed electronically, via the mail at the address noted on the renewal, or at the CVDS Walk-in Counter.

What fees must I pay under IFTA?

IFTA decals are renewed annually and cost $4.00 per set.

What credentials will I receive?

One IFTA license will be assigned to each IFTA licensee.  A photocopy of the license must be maintained in the cab of each motor vehicle. The original license issued by the bureau should be retained at your business address. The IFTA license is valid for the calendar year January 1 through December 31.

Are there penalties for traveling without valid IFTA credentials or a fuel trip permit?

If a carrier is found operating a qualified motor vehicle in Florida without an IFTA license and decals, the vehicle operator may be required to purchase a temporary fuel permit ($45.00) and pay a $50.00 fine.

Do I file a quarterly fuel tax report if I didn't run during the quarter?

Yes, a quarterly fuel tax return must be filed even if the no fuel was used. You submit a "zero" report.

What is the penalty and interest rate for filing a late quarterly fuel tax report?

Failure to file a return, filing a late return, or failure to remit any or all tax due will result in a penalty of $50.00 or 10% of the net tax due to all member jurisdictions, whichever is great. Interest is computed on all delinquent taxes dues each jurisdiction at a rate of 1% per mon

How do I obtain a return?

Florida IFTA quarterly use tax returns can be filed online or if you are not able to file online, you will complete an IFTA Tax Return and Florida Schedule 1 – IFTA Fuel Tax Computations, which is mailed on a quarterly basis to licensed carriers.  Included with these forms is the IFTA Quarterly Tax Rate Schedule. You will submit with any required payment.

Where can I get more information?


Fuel/Use Tax

States assess fuel and use taxes based on weight, miles traveled and amount of fuel purchased. Returns are to be filed annually, quarterly or monthly based on the type of return.




HVUT is the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax that is a fee assessed annually on heavy vehicles operating on public highways at registered gross weights equal to or exceeding 55,000 pounds.



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