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

Florida IRP applications, forms, manuals and brochure are available at the local tax collector’s office as well as the following location:

    Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
    BUREAU OF MOTOR CARRIER SERVICES,
    2900 Apalachee Parkway,
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0626.
    Phone: (850) 617-3711

When applying for your Florida IRP account, you can do so in person at a local office or mail in your application. If you choose mail, you will want to submit your application and all supporting documents to the mail-in address above. You will want to include all required supporting documentation along with your application.


You can also find information at http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/faqcarriers.html#3.


Florida IRP Renewals

Florida has staggered monthly IRP renewals. The renewal month listed on your cab card and decals must match. The Bureau of Motor Carrier Services will send a computer generated renewal packet by mail approximately 3 months before the expiration date. You can renew by mail or online at http://www.flhsmv.gov.


Find more information about IRP at http://www.irponline.org.



Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)


The Unified Carrier Registration Act which became effective January 1, 2007, replaces Single State Registration which was repealed December 31, 2006.

While Florida does not participate in the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR), it does affect both for hire and private motor carriers that engage in transportation outside of Florida. It's based carriers that are required to register should register with a participating state in which you have an office or with the participating state nearest your principal place of business.


For more information on UCR please visit http://www.ucr.in.gov.



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