International Registration Plan (IRP)

semi truckThe International Registration Plan (IRP) is a method of registering fleets of vehicles that travel in two or more member jurisdictions. All contiguous states, including Washington D. C., and most Canadian provinces are members of the plan.

Motor carriers that qualify for IRP must register fleets of vehicles in their base or home jurisdiction. A fleet, for IRP purposes, is comprised of one or more vehicles that pay registration fees in multiple states. The base jurisdiction collects the appropriate registration fees and distributes them to the other jurisdictions in which the carrier requested apportioned registration. Carriers are issued one cab card (registration) and license plate for each vehicle in the fleet. Registration fees are determined by the type of operation (private, for-hire, or rental) and by:

  • The percentage of miles traveled in each member jurisdiction
  • The registered gross weight of each vehicle
  • The number of vehicles in the carrier's fleet

IRP distributes registration revenue among the member jurisdictions. Each member jurisdiction receives its proportional share of registration fees for each vehicle registered under the IRP fleet.

Vehicles registered under IRP are considered fully registered, for license plate purposes, in each jurisdiction that receives registration revenue. Apportioned registration applies to license plate registration requirements only and does not exempt carriers from any jurisdictions

  • operating authority requirements
  • vehicle size and weight requirements
  • motor fuel or road tax licensing and reporting
  • insurance filing requirements
  • other requirements

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Determining Your Base Jurisdiction

For purposes of fleet registration, the base jurisdiction must be where the registrant has an established place of business, where mileage is accrued by the fleet and where operational records of the fleet are maintained or can be made available.

In order to designate Kansas as your base jurisdiction, you must:

  • Have an established place of business in Kansas. The place of business must be a physical structure owned, leased or rented by the fleet registrant.
  • Have a publicly listed Kansas telephone number in the name of the fleet or a person to contact during normal business hours.
  • Have mileage accrued in Kansas by the fleet.
  • Have operational records of the fleet in Kansas or be able to make them available in Kansas for audit.

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Who Must Apply

Vehicles that qualify for apportioned registration fees include vehicles that:

  1. Travel in two or more IRP jurisdictions (including Kansas).
  2. Are used for transporting persons or property.
  3. Have a registered gross vehicle weight or actual weight in excess of 26,000 pounds (property carrying vehicle).
  4. Are a power unit with three (3) or more axles regardless of weight, including buses.
  5. Are used in combination and the actual weight of the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds.
  6. Make intrastate hauls in a jurisdiction other than Kansas, regardless of weight.

Vehicles that are exempt from IRP registration include:

  • Government-owned vehicles
  • Charter buses
  • Vehicles displaying restricted plates such as equipment, dealer or farm plates.
  • Recreational vehicles, such as motor homes, that are not used in connection with a business.

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How To Apply

To register your vehicles in Kansas, you must:

  • Determine type of operation.
  • Submit a Kansas Apportioned Registration Application and a Schedule C along with all required paperwork.
  • Provide proof of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) filing with IRS (Form 2290, Schedule 1), if applicable.
  • Commercial Motor Vehicle Office will calculate your apportioned registration fees and provide you with an invoice.
  • Return the invoice and submit the appropriate fees. In return, the Commercial Motor Vehicle Office will provide apportioned license plates, and cab cards for each vehicle.

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Records and Contacts

Record keeping

The IRP requires that all registrants maintain records to support the reported miles in all jurisdictions. Records must be kept for the current registration year plus the previous three years.


Commercial Motor Vehicle Office
300 SW 29th Street
Topeka, KS 66611
IRP Telephone: 785-296-3621, option 2 then option 2 again
Fax: 785-296-6558

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