What is the IRP?
The IRP (International Registration Plan) is an agreement among the US and some provinces in Canada that balances license fees based on the percentage of your operation. Think of the IRP this way: your trucking company pays a fee for every state you’re planning on travelling through.
Who Needs to Register Under the IRP?
Not every trucking company needs to register for the IRP, but many do. You may be required to register under the IRP if you:
- Plan on working for-hire or private (not for hire)
- Are operating interstate (through two or more states that are part of the IRP) AND
- Are transporting goods or people in a vehicle that meets one of these criteria:
- Has two axles and a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) over 26,000 pounds
- Has two axles and a registered weight that exceeds 26,000 pounds
- Has three or more axles regardless of weight
- Is used in combination with a weight that exceeds 26,000 pounds
You don’t need to register under the IRP if your vehicle has a GVW under 26,000 pounds, but you can if you choose to do so. If you have any questions about whether or not your company needs to register under the IRP, give the coaches at Progressive Reporting a call!
How Much Does Registration Cost?
The cost of the IRP fee varies between each carrier and the fees in each jurisdiction often changes, too. Rather than trying to calculate the exact distance and exact cost for each state, the IRP bases the fee on the percentage of distance travelled in each state, how many trucks are in your fleet, and which states your company travels through. Because each company travels a different distance through any number of jurisdictions, each company pays a different amount for the IRP.
How Do I Register Under the IRP?
In order to register under the IRP, you have to register under your base jurisdiction (the state or province your company is based in). So, if you’re planning on basing your company in Utah, you will be registering under the IRP in Utah. You’ll have to fill out the appropriate paperwork and get a rough idea of the distance your fleet will be travelling in each state that’s under the IRP.
Is the IRP Different From the IFTA?
Yes. The IRP and the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) both take into account fees and taxes of travelling through multiple states, but they are two different things. The IRP is calculated by the percentage of operation in each state, while the IFTA focuses on where you buy your fuel and taxes that fuel accordingly. In Utah, you register for the IRP and the IFTA at the same time, and Progressive Reporting can help you every step of the way.
Let Progressive Reporting Register For You
Registering for the IRP and the IFTA can be confusing, especially in Utah. We have the experience to make sure the paperwork is done right, so you don’t pay more than you have to for the IRP or the IFTA. Let the coaches at Progressive Reporting help you register your trucking company so you can avoid fines and keep your new trucking company on the road! Give us a call today at (866) 736-6507 to get started.