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The International Registration Plan (IRP) is 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 member jurisdictions by reporting activity and paying fees to the home (base) jurisdiction. IRP provides for payment of registration fees based on fleet miles traveled and vehicle characteristics. Although IRP registration fees paid to the base jurisdiction are distributed to the jurisdictions in which the fleet accrued miles, only one (1) license plate and one (1) cab card is issued for each vehicle.
Apportioned plates enable a commercial truck to travel out of state without purchasing a permit. When a registrant obtains apportioned plates, a cab card detailing the jurisdictions into which the vehicle is authorized to travel and the weight at which the vehicle can operate in each of these jurisdictions is issued. This cab card becomes the legal registration for the vehicle.
Criteria for Apportioned Plates
Registration under the IRP is not mandatory. It is a program for licensing commercial trucks and buses traveling in Louisiana and at least one other jurisdiction, if:
The commercial vehicle is used for the transportation of persons for hire or designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property AND the vehicle is a power unit having:
- Two axles and a gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds, OR
- Three or more axles, regardless of weight, OR
- A gross vehicle weight greater than 26,000 pounds in combination with a trailer
If the truck meets criteria number one and one of the criteria numbered two through four, and travels interstate in a commercial capacity, either a trip permit or an apportioned plate should be obtained.
If a vehicle has two axles and weighs less than 26,000 pounds, but engages in interstate travel, an apportioned plate may be advisable. A good rule of thumb in this situation is: "If you make more than one stop in a state while conducting business, then you should have a trip permit or be apportioned".
Payments of Invoices for Apportioned Plates
Once the application is processed, a billing notice listing the fees due may be mailed, faxed, or e-mailed to you. After verifying all information shown on the billing notice, mail a copy of the billing notice and your payment to the address provided. All payments must be submitted in the form of certified funds (i.e. cash, cashier’s check, money order, certified check, ComChek). Once received by the Louisiana IRP staff, new credentials will be emailed to you, unless you request delivery via the USPS.
Renewal Dates for IRP Plates
New IRP accounts created under Staggered Registration will need to be renewed twelve months from the date the account is opened. Ex: IRP Account opened in August 2018 will expire in July 2019. Note: For July – May expiration date will be reused. June is not an expiration month in IRP staggered registration for Louisiana.
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Determining Your Base Jurisdiction
An Applicant may elect as its Base Jurisdiction any Member Jurisdiction:
- Where the Applicant has an Established Place of Business,
- Where the Fleet the Applicant seeks to register under the Plan accrues distance
- Where Records of the Fleet are maintained or can be made available.
An Applicant that does not have an Established Place of Business in any Jurisdiction may designate as a Base Jurisdiction any Member Jurisdiction:
- Where the Applicant can demonstrate Residence.
- Where the Fleet the Applicant seeks to register under the Plan accrues distance.
- Where Records of the Fleet are maintained or can be made available.
To establish Residence in a Member Jurisdiction, an Applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Member Jurisdiction at least three of the following:
- The Applicant is an individual, in which his or her driver’s license is issued by that Jurisdiction.
- The Applicant is a corporation, that it is incorporated or registered to conduct business as a foreign corporation in that Jurisdiction.
- If the Applicant is a corporation, that the principal owner is a resident of that Jurisdiction.
- The Applicant’s federal income tax returns have been filed from an address in that Jurisdiction.
- The Applicant has paid personal income taxes to that Jurisdiction.
- The Applicant has paid real estate or personal property taxes to that Jurisdiction.
- The Applicant receives utility bills in that Jurisdiction in its name.
- Any other factors that clearly provide evidence of the Applicant’s legal Residence in that Jurisdiction.
U.S. DOT Number Required
As a PRISM state, Louisiana requires all holders of apportioned plates to be associated with a U.S. DOT number. The barcode on each cab card contains the U.S. DOT number associated with either the motor carrier responsible for safety or the registrant.
Owner operators without operating authority, who purchase their own plates, need a registrant U.S. DOT number. A registrant U.S. DOT number is for vehicle registration purposes only and does not provide the owner/operator with any kind of operating authority. The registrant U.S. DOT number should not, under any circumstances, be displayed on the vehicle. An owner operator (lessor) must provide the U.S. DOT number for the motor carrier (lessee), who is responsible for the safety information. If the motor carrier responsible for safety has filed updated MCS-150 data within the prescribed twelve-month period, only the U.S. DOT number and FEIN of the motor carrier must be provided. Otherwise, a current copy of the MCS-150 for the owner operator and motor carrier must be filed.
New Applicants must register for a DOT number online at https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration. If any technical issues occur, call the FMCSA Support Telephone Number: 1-800-832-5660. Motor carriers who have not obtained a U.S. DOT number must complete MCS-150 and MCS-150A forms to apply for a U.S. DOT number. The IRP Unit will assist carriers in obtaining a U.S. DOT number or carriers may contact the U.S. Department of Transportation for assistance. A Motor Carrier is required to have a U.S. DOT Number prior to operation.
The MCS-150 form must be updated bi-annually. This form can be updated at www.fmcsa.dot.gov. To update the form, click on “FMCSA Registration & Updates” and follow the instructions. A MCS-150 will be included in the IRP Renewal Packet. The updated form should be returned with the completed renewal packet.
Hazardous Materials Transportation
Motor carriers who transport certain hazardous materials in interstate, intrastate, and foreign commerce are required by FMCSA to have a HM Safety Permit. A list of the hazardous materials requiring a HM Safety Permit is available online at the FMCSA website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov in the "FMCSA Registration & Updates" section.
Carriers transporting hazardous materials of the type and quantity requiring a permit must file a MCS-150B with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. A statement that a form MCS-150B has been filed must be submitted with your apportioned renewal application, if this form is required. Form MCS-150B is filed in lieu of submitting the MCS-150 data. The MCS-150B form is available on the FMCSA website: www.fmcsa.dot.gov in the "FMCSA Registration & Updates'' section. If the carrier does not have internet access, Forms MCS-150 and MCS-150B can be obtained from the FMCSA. Our local FMCSA Service Center is:
5304 Flanders Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808