TxDMV has a program for licensing commercial vehicles engaged in interstate operations. Apportioned registration, also known as the International Registration Plan (IRP), lets you obtain registration credentials in one jurisdiction, giving you the freedom of interstate travel without the inconvenience and expense of purchasing trip permits.
If you operate interstate, you may qualify for apportioned registration. To learn if you qualify, contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center or send us an email at MCD_TxIRP@TxDMV.gov.
How to Apply
All new account applications must be processed through your Regional Service Center. A list of Regional Service Centers is found in our motorist website; https://www.txdmv.gov/regional-service-centers.
If you are a Texas resident or you have an “Established Place of Business” in Texas, you can choose Texas base registration – so long as the fleet, as a whole, will accrue Texas miles.
Please provide the following items:
- Texas Apportioned Registration Application and Renewal (Schedule A and Schedule B)(MCD-356)
- Texas International Registration Plan Cab Card Weight Schedule (MCD-357)
- Acceptable Distance Records for Audit (MCD-467)
- The following items for proof of established place of business or residence:
- Texas Identification of the applicant or principal owner of the business (limited term does not qualify)
- Texas Secretary of State Filing (if applicable)
- Texas property lease agreement or Deed (Mortgage Statement) – Virtual Office locations are prohibited
- At least two of the following items:
- Federal income tax return from the address in Texas
- Paid property taxes to Texas
- Utility bill in applicant name with service address matching the physical address in Texas
- Applicant has a Texas vehicle title in their name matching the physical address in Texas
Please take the time to review this booklet: TxIRP New Carrier Information Booklet
For initial account setup for Apportioned Registration under Section 305, you will need to provide evidence of:
- Ownership of each vehicle to be registered under the account
- Proof of Payment of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, if applicable
- UCR Receipt, if applicable
- Valid financial responsibility (liability insurance)
- USDOT Number and Taxpayer Identification Number (Tax ID) for the apportioned registrant and the USDOT Number and Tax ID for the Motor Carrier Responsible for Safety (CRFS) (if applicable);
- Valid Lease (if applicable)
Certified Funds are required as payment on all new Texas Apportioned Accounts. Certified Funds are cash, certified checks, or money orders.
Once your account is set-up, you may obtain online access to make changes to and renew your registration:
- Complete External Application (MCD-358) and have an officer, president or vice president of the company sign the form. Once completed, email it along with a copy of their driver license for processing to mcd_TxIRP@txdmv.gov or your Regional Service Center for processing. RSC email addresses are located on the MCD-358.
- Visit one of the TxDMV Regional Service Centers.
Renewals and Supplemental Applications
Renewals and/or supplemental applications can be processed online, through a Regional Service Center or mailed to Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier Division – IRP Renewal, P.O. Box 26440, Austin, TX 78755-0440.
Information for Existing Customers: TxIRP Renewal Instruction Booklet
Fees and Payment Information
Registration fees are calculated based on distance percentages for each jurisdiction in which your vehicle or fleet operates.
Certified Funds are required as payment on all new Texas Apportioned Accounts. Certified Funds are cash, certified checks, or money orders. For established accounts, fees are payable by cash, personal check, business check, cashier's check or money order in person, online via electronic check (ACH), or credit card (a service charge of 25 cents plus 2.25 percent will be added).
Proof of Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT), IRS Form 2290
The Heavy Use Vehicle Tax (HVUT) is a tax paid to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Federal law requires proof of payment of the HVUT when vehicles with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds (24,948 kg.) or more are registered.
Proof of payment for new or used units being titled and registered in Texas are required within sixty (60) days of the date shown on the title assignment.
The Carrier is required to pay this tax by filing a Federal Form 2290, Schedule 1 with the IRS. The original paid receipt can be either of the following:
- The Form 2290 with the certified payment stamp by IRS for the current taxable year.
- A copy of the Form 2290, Schedule 1 with or without a certified payment stamp along with a copy of the front and back of the cancelled check used to make payment to indicate the current payment has been made for HVUT.
Federal Laws and Regulations
For questions regarding this tax, contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040 or contact your local IRS office. Taxpayers may call 844-545-5640 to make an appointment. Visit the IRS website for more information.
IRP Section 315‐Application Process
(a) The Base Jurisdiction shall determine the manner, the standard for measuring distance (i.e., miles or kilometers), application process, and filing deadlines for applications for registration under the Plan.
(b) An application for registration under the Plan shall contain information elements required by the Plan and such other information that is required by the Base Jurisdiction.
(c) Except where the Plan permits an Applicant to use average per‐vehicle distance, an application for registration under the Plan shall contain the actual distance that the Fleet being registered was operated during the Reporting Period.
(d) If the Fleet did not accrue any actual distance during the Reporting Period, an applicant shall use average per‐vehicle distance.
(e) The expiration date of apportioned registration for all Apportioned Vehicles in a Fleet shall be the same date.
Irregular Mileage Hard Stops
- Average Miles in the base jurisdiction on a Renewal
- Same actual mileage on 2 or more jurisdictions
- Actual mileage for jurisdiction same as average miles
- Actual miles much less jurisdiction average miles
- Actual mileage same as last year
- Many actual miles end in 0
- Mileage exceeds 250k per unit
- More than 75% of mileage in a single non‐base jurisdiction
- Actual Mileage for one jurisdiction only
- Jurisdiction with Actual mileage of only 1 mile
Electronic Logging Devices
An Electronic Logging Device (ELD) is an electronic device designed to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) criteria to accurately record a driver’s driving time for Hours of Service (HOS) compliance. The International Registration Plan (IRP) and the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) each allow the use of electronic devices to document vehicle distance by jurisdiction provided that the required supporting data is maintained for audit purposes. The purchase of an ELD does not necessarily mean it will be compliant for IFTA and IRP purposes or vice versa. Beware of vendors stating that their systems are IFTA or IRP certified. There is no such certification. See the Electronic Logging Device page on the International Registration Plan, Inc.’s web site to access a chart showing some of the key differences and similarities between an ELD and a compliant IFTA/IRP electronic records device: https://www.irponline.org/page/ELD
IRP Compliance Audits
As an apportioned carrier, you are required to maintain detailed operational records in order to renew your apportioned registration each year. Base jurisdictions are required to examine an average of 3% of the number of renewed fleets each year to ensure compliance with the IRP and to guarantee that the proper revenues are being collected for each jurisdiction. As a result, every motor carrier registered with the TxIRP will be subject to a compliance examination of their operational records.
Apportioned tow trucks must also maintain registration through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).
As a result of House Bill 2305 passed during the 83rd legislative session, the State of Texas stopped issuing inspection stickers and transitioned to a "Two Steps, One Sticker" vehicle inspection and registration program. Since March 1, 2015, your vehicle is no longer issued an inspection sticker and your cab card or registration receipt will serve as proof of inspection and registration. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call our office at 1-888-368-4689; or visit us online at www.TwoStepsOneSticker.com/motor-carriers.
Effective March, 2022, the TxDMV requires IRP applicants to be current with their Unified Carrier Registration (UCR), if applicable.
FMCSA Registration Training
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) offers a video series on motor carrier registration. Videos include HOW TO Register, Identify Entity Types, and Reregister After Revocation.