Motor Carrier Services

Interstate Registration

Arizona law provides for a type of commercial vehicle registration that allows foreign-registered, interstate-operated vehicles to travel in this state lawfully.

This registration, commonly known as an interstate registration, is issued to an owner/operator of a commercially operated motor vehicle registered in another state or country who is conducting interstate operations and does not qualify or does not wish to register under the International Registration Plan (IRP).

Who Is Eligible?

All of these requirements must be met for the issuance of an interstate registration.

The owner/operator

  • cannot be an Arizona resident, as defined by Arizona law.
  • must have interstate operations.
  • does not qualify or does not wish to register under the IRP.

The vehicle

  • must be a commercial motor vehicle.
  • must have current out-of-state or out-of-country registration.

A Mexico-based owner/operator of an interstate registered vehicle cannot travel beyond the commercial zone perimeters established by federal regulation. Travel is allowed for these vehicles to and from United States-Mexico ports of entry and a specific distance past the locations listed below.

Commercial Zones

AZ Ports of Entry

Distance Beyond the City or Town Limits

Douglas

4 miles

Lukeville

3 miles

Naco

3 miles

Nogales

4 miles

San Luis

4 miles

Sasabe

3 miles

How do I apply?

Complete and submit an Interstate Registration Application and proof of vehicle ownership, may include any of these items:

  • Certificate of title in the owner’s name
  • Current out-of-state or out-of-country registration
  • Copy of current lease agreement, if the vehicle is on a lease purchase arrangement
Documentation Required for New Applicants
Documentation for Renewals