Motor Carrier Services

Commercial Permits

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


4 miles


3 miles


3 miles


4 miles

San Luis

4 miles


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

Civil RightsTitle VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ADOT does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. Persons that require a reasonable accommodation based on language or disability should contact ADOT’s Civil Rights Office at 602.712.8946 or at Requests should be made as early as possible to ensure the State has an opportunity to address the accommodation.
  • De acuerdo con el título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964 y la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT por sus siglas en inglés) no discrimina por raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, género o discapacidad.  Personas que requieren asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o por discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles al 602.712.8946 o en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más pronto posible para asegurar que el equipo encargado del proyecto tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.