International Registration Plan (IRP)

International Registration Plan (IRP)

Upcoming Changes

The International Registration Plan (IRP) is an agreement between member jurisdictions for registering vehicles that travel in two or more jurisdictions. The member jurisdictions include all contiguous states, the District of Columbia and participating Canadian provinces. Registrations issued under this agreement are commonly referred to as "apportioned" or "prorated" registrations.

Apportioned registration is an optional method of registration that provides for registration of a fleet of vehicles that operate in two or more jurisdictions, by payment of fees to the base jurisdiction. A fleet can include one or more vehicles. The base jurisdiction is responsible for transmitting the fees owed to the affected jurisdictions. Registration fees are determined by the percentage of miles traveled in each member jurisdiction and the registered combined gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of each vehicle.

The Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP), which became effective Jan. 1, 2015, has made the Plan more efficient, more equitable and more flexible for its member jurisdictions and registrants by granting full reciprocity for all apportioned vehicles in all member IRP jurisdictions and removing from the Plan any provisions related to estimated distance. First time registrants are registered in all member jurisdictions; therefore, allowing them the opportunity to travel in any of the participating jurisdictions. However, registrants will only pay fees to those jurisdictions where distance was accrued during the fleet's reporting period.

For links to common IRP forms, documents and sites, go to the Quick and Related Links page.

Who Is Eligible?

You are eligible if your vehicle is a power unit that is used or intended for use in two or more IRP member jurisdictions and is used for the transportation of persons for hire or designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property, and your vehicle

  • has two axles and a GVWR or registered GVWR in excess of 26,000 pounds.
  • has three or more axles, regardless of weight.
  • is used in combination, when the GVWR of the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds.

What Are the Benefits?

With a single payment, you pay your registration fees for all the member jurisdictions you will be operating in during your registration period. The apportioned plate and cab card issued to each vehicle will be accepted as proof of registration in the member jurisdictions for which you registered. Rather than multiple plates and registration cab cards from each jurisdiction you register in, you receive only one license plate and a cab card from your base jurisdiction. You will not be required to purchase permits at the ports of entry for which you have paid registration fees. At any time, you have the ability to modify and update your registration to add or delete vehicles.

How Do I Apply?

Below is a link to various forms that may be required for opening a new IRP account in Arizona. You may mail your completed IRP application to the location below:

Motor Carrier Licensing Unit
Motor Vehicle Division
P.O. Box 2100
MD 527M
Phoenix, AZ 85001

Or, you may submit the required documents to a third-party provider authorized by MVD to perform IRP transactions.

These are the requirements:

Evidence of your established place of business in Arizona or proof of residency in Arizona

Primary List

  • Real-estate ownership document
  • Real-estate lease agreement (cannot be a short term lease, must include dates for the length of the registration)
  • Rent or mortgage payment receipt
  • Current Utility bill 
  • Current Arizona driver license (if applicant is an individual)
  • Paid personal income taxes to Arizona
  • Paid real estate or personal property taxes to Arizona
  • Copy of the Filed Federal Income Tax return
  • Other factors with clear evidence of the Applicant’s legal Business or Residence address

Secondary List (supports items in primary list, will require review and approval)

  • Article of Incorporation in an Active Status, principal owner listed is a resident of AZ
  • A vehicle title in AZ in the Business Name or principal owner name with residence address

Addresses that are not acceptable:

Any virtual office -  A virtual office does not really exist as an office — not in the real world or a digital one. It's not a physical space you can visit or use as a workspace as you can in a traditional office. Instead, a virtual office is just an address.

Examples of what virtual office will offer:

  • A place to receive and pick up mail
  • Mail processing and forwarding
  • Digital mail service
  • Business number
  • Business phone system
  • Copy and print facilities
  • Remote receptionist services

For more information on the IRP