Where are the
International Registration Plan (IRP) offices located?
There are two IRP offices that can process any type of IRP service:
- 5:00 M-F
- 5:00 M-F
Can I go to a North Carolina DMV License Plate Office?
International Registration Plan (IRP) accounts may be renewed in person
at the Raleigh or Charlotte IRP offices, by mail or via Internet. All
new IRP accounts must be handled through either the Raleigh or Charlotte
IRP offices. New accounts may be processed at one of the license plate
offices listed below or at the Raleigh or Charlotte IRP offices. The license
plate offices listed below are available to assist you with specific IRP
applications such as:
- Add Equipment
- Duplicate Cab Card
- Add Jurisdiction
- Change Insurance
- Turn in Plate
- Replace Plate
- Amend Equipment
Here to find out more about these locations.
How will participation in the International Registration Plan
help my trucking operation?
Reciprocity agreements historically have restricted your operations
in other states to interstate commerce leaving you with the burden
of purchasing a full fee plate in each state in which your vehicle(s)
must conduct intrastate operations. Under the Plan, your apportioned
vehicles may conduct both interstate and intrastate operations.
The Plan does not, however, prevent the need to register with other
state agencies (such as the Fuel Tax Division) or to have appropriate
intrastate authority from each state’s regulatory commission to
conduct intrastate for-hire operations.
Will participation cost my company more money?
If your interstate operations have been conducted in the past under
pure reciprocity agreements, the answer will depend on the relationship
of your base state’s fees to those of other International Registration
Plan states in which you conduct operations. If your base state
has a low fee structure and the other states have relatively higher
fee structures, IRP participation will result in higher registration
Will International Registration Plan participation reduce the
documents that must be carried in each vehicle?
As compared to those vehicles formerly operating under reciprocity
agreements the answer is no, but the International Registration
Plan will not increase the number of documents either.
When a state joins the International Registration Plan, does
the Plan supersede the former agreement(s)?
The International Registration Plan supersedes all former agreements
on any of the matters covered by this agreement, but those former
agreements are not disturbed by the International Registration Plan
as they relate to vehicles not subject to apportioned registration
or as they relate to border agreements. The International Registration
Plan further does not affect in any way agreements between International
Registration Plan jurisdictions and non-International Registration
Does an apportioned license plate authorize my operations in
all International Registration Plan jurisdictions?
Both interstate and intrastate operations are authorized in those
states identified on your International Registration Plan cab cards.
Operations in other member jurisdictions may be conducted only under
trip permits and in Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska and North Dakota operations
under trip permits are limited to interstate operations through
exceptions to the Plan taken by those states. You must qualify your
vehicles under the various fuel use reporting law, regulatory laws,
What is the minimum number of vehicles that may be apportioned
in a fleet?
The Plan defines fleet as one or more apportionable
vehicles, allowing for single-vehicle fleet apportionment.
Must all my vehicles be apportioned as a single fleet?
No. You must register your vehicles either as a single fleet or
in several fleets to meet the nature of your operation(s), except
that vehicles must be based for registration purposes (1) where
you have an established place of business, (2) where mileage is
accrued and (3) where records are kept or can be made available
for audit. Registrants having declared more than one fleet may drop
any one of the declared fleets at the end of any registration year
and include the vehicles of the deleted fleet in other existing
declared fleets for apportionment. Registrants having declared,
for example, fleets 1,2 and 3 may not drop fleet 3 and declare fleet
4 for apportionment in any of the jurisdictions with which fleet
3 was apportioned. However, rental and or leasing companies would
not be subject to the above rule when declaring individual fleets
for each lessee.
How do I treat apportionable vehicles in my fleet that are not
These vehicles should be full fee plated in their base state and will,
if taken on an interstate trip into or through another member jurisdiction,
be subject to the trip permit provisions of the Plan. It should be noted,
however, that some member jurisdictions have entered into bilateral agreements
allowing limited operations in border communities without trip permits.
North Carolina and Virginia have ten (10) mile buffer zone agreements.
How are special-purpose registered vehicles such as farm vehicles
treated under International Registration Plan?
Under the provisions of the Plan, restricted plate vehicles, such
as those restricted in the commodities they can transport or in
the area they may serve, are not apportionable vehicles and are
treated under other agreements between jurisdictions.
Are registration fees for trailers and semitrailers as well
as power units under the International Registration Plan apportioned?
There no longer exists any jurisdictional(state) requirements for
Apportioned Trailer License Plates. The only requirement is that
a trailer must have a valid license plate. If you currently have
a Permanent Apportioned Trailer License Plate, you may renew that
plate as a part of your IRP fleet for a cost of $10.00 with no additional
jurisdictional fees due. If you are establishing a new account/fleet,
you may elect to purchase Permanent Apportioned Trailer License
Plates and maintain your trailers as part of your IRP fleet.
Must I register my equipment in all member states at the same
gross vehicle weight?
No. Your gross weight as shown on both your application and cab
card may vary from state to state. Enforcement personnel, however,
may issue a citation to your vehicle if found operating in any member
state at a weight exceeding that for which it is registered in that
state. North Carolina may require supporting documentation for any
vehicle if the highest and lowest weights requested for jurisdictions
registering by gross vehicle weight vary by ten (10) percent or
more and may reject or deny registration for those vehicles if the
variance does not reflect actual operating practice.
Are there any special problems in the Plan that might be encountered
in securing overweight and/or overdimensional special permits?
No, except that most states require a unit to be registered for
the maximum allowable weight before issuing a special permit. Overweight
and/or overdimensional permits for North Carolina may be secured
by calling (919) 733-7154.
If I anticipate operating in a state during the next registration
year that I did not enter in the current year, how can I get these
states into my application and on my cab card?
You have two options in this situation. You may ignore the new states
on your application and use trip permits or estimate the miles to
be traveled in these new states. However, you may be required to
pay fees in each added jurisdiction in excess of 100%.
If I anticipate operating in states with no miles listed on
my current application and not identified on my current cab cards,
how do I qualify my vehicles for these new operations during the
current registration year?
Again, you have two options in this situation. You may either operate
in the new states under trip permits or file a complete supplemental
application, including Schedule B (estimating miles) and Licensing
Weight Schedule (listing desired weights), with your base state
adding the new states to your current application. In the second
case, however, you will be required to pay fees in excess of 100%.
How do I add or delete vehicles or transfer licenses in my fleet
during a registration year?
These changes are accomplished by submitting supplement applications.
Is there a procedure for my changing the registered gross weights
for my vehicles during the registration year?
Yes. You must file a complete supplemental application and pay additional
fees where the gross weight is to be increased.
Must I complete all the columnar information requested on the
Yes. By completing all the information, you will reduce the possibility
of having your application returned under the provisions of a policy
adopted by the International Registration Plan administrators in
1977 recognizing that the registration laws in different states
are based upon different factors.
What are the insurance requirements for Interstate Motor Carriers?
An interstate motor carrier must have a minimum of 750,000 of liability
Where do I obtain Interstate Authority?
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Motor Carriers
Information Management, HIA-10
400 Seventh Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20590
Phone: (202) 366-9805
When I obtain my credentials from Washington, D.C., where do
I register my authority?
Please contact the NCDMV International Registration Plan Unit at
What are the Insurance requirements for North Carolina Intrastate
An Intrastate motor carrier must have a minimum of $750,000 in liability
What type of credentials are required for Intrastate operation
in North Carolina?
If you are hauling household goods or transporting passengers please
contact the North Carolina Utilities Commission at (919) 733-4035.
If you are hauling general commodities please contact the International
Registration Plan Unit at (919) 861-3720.
How can I contact the US Department of Transportation?
You may contact the USDOT at (919) 856-4378.
How can I renew my apportioned license plates for the International
Registration Plan via the internet?
When you receive your renewal packet each year, you will receive information
on how to access the TRANSEXPRESSystem website in order to set up your
internet account through the DMV Website.
If processing my apportioned renewal via the Internet, what
payment options do I have?
You will be able to select an option to pay fees at the Raleigh
or Charlotte IRP Office or you may select to pay by EFT (Electronic
Funds Transfer). If you choose the EFT option, your renewal fees
will be drafted electronically from your checking or savings account
depending on what account you specify. You must contact the Raleigh
IRP office at (919) 861-3720 in order to set up your EFT account
PRIOR to processing your renewal.