A. IRP is the acronym for International Registration Plan, a cooperative agreement among 48 states, 10 Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia which allows a motor carrier to register a commercial vehicle for travel in all participating jurisdictions by filing paperwork with the home (base) jurisdiction. IRP provides for payment of licensing fees based on fleet miles operated and vehicle information. The unique feature of IRP is that although license fees are paid to the base jurisdiction and distributed to various jurisdictions in which fleet vehicles are operated, only one (1) license plate and one (1) cab card is issued for each fleet vehicle.
Apportioned plates enable a commercial truck to travel out of state commercially without the need of a permit. Once the registrant obtains apportioned plates, the registration certificate is replaced with a cab card. The cab card will show all the jurisdictions in which the vehicle is authorized to travel and the weight at which the vehicle can operate in each of those jurisdictions. The cab card becomes the legal registration for the vehicle. We do ask that a copy of the registration certificate be carried in the truck as proof of ownership but it is not necessary. If you have any additional questions feel free to contact the LA IRP Processing Center at 877-905-3854 or visit the web site at www.LA-trucks-online.org