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The IRP Program and Determining Your Base Jurisdiction

The IRP Program

Motor carriers that qualify for IRP must register fleets of vehicles in their base or home jurisdiction. A fleet, for IRP purposes, is comprised of one or more vehicles that pay registration fees in multiple states. The base jurisdiction collects the appropriate registration fees and distributes them to the other jurisdictions in which the carrier requested apportioned registration. Carriers are issued one cab card (registration) and license plates(s) for each vehicle in the fleet. Registration fees are determined by the type of operation (private, for-hire, or rental) and by:

  • The percentage of miles traveled in each member jurisdiction
  • The registered gross weight of each vehicle
  • Other factors which impact registration fees may apply to certain jurisdictions

IRP distributes registration revenue among the member jurisdictions. Each member jurisdiction receives its proportional share of registration fees for each vehicle registered under the IRP fleet.

Vehicles registered under IRP are considered fully registered, for license plate purposes, in each jurisdiction that receives registration revenue. Apportioned registration applies to license plate registration requirements only and does not exempt carriers from any jurisdiction's:

  • operating authority requirements
  • vehicle size and weight requirements
  • motor fuel or road tax licensing and reporting
  • insurance filing requirements
  • other requirements

Determining Your Base Jurisdiction

For purposes of fleet registration, the base jurisdiction must be where the registrant has an established place of business, where mileage is accrued by the fleet and where operational records of the fleet are maintained or can be made available.

In order to designate Virginia as your base jurisdiction, you must:

  • Have an established place of business in Virginia. The place of business must be a physical structure owned, leased or rented by the fleet registrant.
  • Have a publicly listed Virginia telephone number in the name of the fleet or a person to contact during normal business hours.
  • Have mileage accrued in Virginia by the fleet.
  • Have operational records of the fleet in Virginia or be able to make them available in Virginia for audit.