Since 1974

International Registration Plan (IRP)

What is the IRP?

The International Registration Plan (Plan) is a registration reciprocity agreement among states of the United States, the District of Columbia and provinces of Canada providing for payment of apportionable fees on the basis of total distance operated in all jurisdictions.

The International Registration Plan (IRP) is an International-based plan that allows for the distribution of registration fees for commercial motor vehicles travelling inter-jurisdictionally through member states and provinces. All carriers travelling outside their home jurisdiction with vehicles having a gross weight in excess of 11,793 kg (26,000 lbs) should register in IRP.

The IRP provides blanket registration for trucks as an alternative to individual reciprocity agreements, and distributes truck registration fees among member jurisdictions based on the number of kilometres carriers travel in other jurisdictions. Vehicles will have one licence plate and registration document (IRP Cab Card) which allows travel in all registered jurisdictions.

IRP will not:

  • eliminate the need to pay additional fees for permits that are required for purposes other than registration such as “third tier” taxes and state licensing fees that are not related to registration. For example, anyone operating an inter-jurisdictional commercial vehicle in Oregon, New York, Kentucky, New Mexico will still be required to register for Highway Use Tax in that state.
  • affect registration with the US Department of Transport, or the Unified Carrier Registration System (UCR), or the need to pay the US Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT).
  • affect New York’s Highway Use Tax (HUT) – a HUT sticker will still be required
  • affect any other requirement that is not related to vehicle registration – this includes Kentucky’s and New Mexico’s Highway Use Tax registration, etc.

How will IRP fees be calculated?

IRP fees are calculated using the “in-jurisdiction” distance divided into the total distance travelled by the fleet in all jurisdictions. For example, if a carrier travels 10,000 km in Ontario, and 100,000 km in all jurisdictions including Ontario, the prorate percentage for Ontario would be 10 percent. This would be applied to Ontario’s fee schedule for the vehicle weight. If that fee were $1650.00 annually, the Ontario fee for a full year of IRP registration would be $165.00 per vehicle. IRP fees will vary based on where the carrier travels, as registration fees are different in each jurisdiction.

New - Change to IRP: Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP)

As of January 1, 2015, the International Registration Plan (IRP) is changing to incorporate the Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP). FRP will eliminate the concept of estimated distance and use actual distance travelled by a fleet in each of the jurisdictions visited.

Any carrier whose registration year begins on or after January 1, 2015, will be subject to FRP provisions, regardless of when the renewal application was processed. This includes supplements created (i.e. adding a new vehicle or transferring an existing vehicle) after a fleet has been renewed on January 1, 2015.

Simplifying IRP

The full reciprocity plan will make IRP more equitable and more flexible:
  • members can operate in any IRP jurisdiction without making changes to the cab card
  • cab cards will list every jurisdiction
  • fees will be assessed on the actual distance travelled in the previous year
  • carriers will pay only for the jurisdictions in which they travel
No more:
  • adding jurisdictions to the cab card
  • estimates
  • fees over 100%
  • trip permits for IRP carriers