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International Registration Plan (IRP)

The International Registration Plan (IRP) is an international highway program designed for the licensing of heavy (>26,000 pounds) commercial vehicles that travel in two or more jurisdictions. A jurisdiction may be a state, the District of Columbia, or a Canadian province.

In October 2013, the International Registration Plan (IRP) was amended by three-fourths the number of Member Jurisdictions to include the provisions of the Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP) taking effect on January 1, 2015. More information is available in the FAQs

Download IRP Application [PDF]

The District of Columbia, like all member IRP jurisdictions, is required to comply with the following criteria:

  • Issuance of a single (1) "apportioned" tag
  • Issuance of a single registration cab card
  • Allow intrastate and interstate movement

Under the IRP, an interstate carrier files an application with the jurisdiction in which its vehicles are based. That jurisdiction is known as the "base jurisdiction." The base jurisdiction collects registration fees authorizing a carrier's movement into other jurisdictions, and distributes those fees to the states or provinces for which the carrier has requested apportionment.

Use the fee estimator for informational purposes to obtain an estimate of your IRP registration fee.

IRP registration does not:

  • Exempt a carrier from the payment of motor fuel taxes
  • Exempt a carrier from obtaining operating authority
  • Exempt a carrier from payment of the Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (Form 2290)
  • Exempt a carrier from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Performance Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) program requirements. 
  • Permit a carrier to exceed maximum height, length, width, and axle limitations*
  • Permit a carrier to exceed "bridge laws"*

* Permits for over-weight, over-length and/or over-width vehicles into and through the District (including bridges) are referred to the D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) at 1100 4th Street, SW.  For a Public Space Permit, customers must register online at www.ddot.dc.gov or call (202) 442-4670.



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