The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles' IRP online renewal service allows individuals to renew their International Registration Plan plates and cab cards online. IRP registrants are required to record mileage for each state traveled and report this mileage for the reporting period required.
Note: Registered motor vehicles that have a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more must file a Heavy Vehicle Tax (2290) form with the Internal Revenue Service.
View the frequently asked questions below for quick answers to common topics. For additional questions or concerns, send a message or call the NCDMV Customer Contact Center at (919) 715-7000 from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.
Frequently Asked Questions
If processing my apportioned renewal online, what payment options do I have?
You will be able to select an option to pay fees to the North Carolina International Registration Plan offices in either Raleigh or Charlotte, or you can pay by electronic funds transfer.
If you choose to pay by EFT, your renewal fees will be drafted from your checking or savings account.
You must call the International Registration Plan office in Raleigh at (919) 615-6700 to set up your EFT account prior to processing your renewal.
How will participation in the International Registration Plan help my trucking operation?
Reciprocity agreements historically have restricted your operations in other states to interstate commerce, leaving you with the burden of purchasing a full-fee plate in each state in which your vehicle(s) must conduct intrastate operations.
Under IRP, your apportioned vehicles may conduct both interstate and intrastate operations. IRP, however, does not preclude the need to register with other state agencies (such as the Fuel Tax Division) or to have appropriate intrastate authority from each state's regulatory commission to conduct intrastate for-hire operations.
Will International Registration Plan participation reduce the documents that must be carried in each vehicle?
Compared to vehicles formerly operating under reciprocity agreements, no. But the International Registration Plan will not increase the number of documents either.
When a state joins the International Registration Plan, does IRP supersede the former agreement(s)?
The International Registration Plan supersedes all former agreements on any of the matters covered by this agreement.
Former agreements, however, are not disturbed by the International Registration Plan, as they relate to vehicles not subject to apportioned registration or as they relate to border agreements.
The International Registration Plan further does not affect, in any way, agreements between International Registration Plan jurisdictions and non-International Registration Plan jurisdictions.
What is the minimum number of vehicles that may be apportioned in a fleet?
The International Registration Plan defines fleet as one or more apportionable vehicles, allowing for single-vehicle fleet apportionment.
Must all my vehicles be apportioned as a single fleet?
No. You must register your vehicles either as a single fleet or in several fleets to meet the nature of your operation(s), except that vehicles must be based for registration purposes:
- Where you have an established place of business
- Where mileage is accrued
- Where records are kept or can be made available for audit
Registrants having declared more than one fleet may drop any one of the declared fleets at the end of any registration year and include the vehicles of the deleted fleet in other existing declared fleets for apportionment.
Registrants having declared, for example, Fleets 1,2 and 3 may not drop Fleet 3 and declare Fleet 4 for apportionment in any of the jurisdictions with which Fleet 3 was apportioned.
Rental and/or leasing companies, however, would not be subject to the above rule when declaring individual fleets for each lessee.
How do I treat apportionable vehicles in my fleet that are not apportioned?
Apportionable vehicles that are not apportioned should be full-fee plated in their base state and will, if taken on an interstate trip into or through another member jurisdiction, be subject to the trip permit provisions of the International Registration Plan.
How are special-purpose registered vehicles, such as farm vehicles, treated under International Registration Plan?
Under the provisions of the Plan, restricted plate vehicles, such as those restricted in the commodities they can transport or in the area they may serve, are not apportionable vehicles and are treated under other agreements between jurisdictions.
Are registration fees for trailers and semitrailers, as well as power units, under the International Registration Plan apportioned?
There no longer exists any jurisdictional (state) requirements for apportioned trailer license plates.
The only requirement is that a trailer must have a valid license plate.
If you currently have a permanent apportioned trailer license plate, you may renew that plate as a part of your IRP fleet for $25 with no additional jurisdictional fees due.
If you are establishing a new account/fleet, you can purchase permanent apportioned trailer license plates and maintain your trailers as part of your IRP fleet.
Do I have to register my equipment in all member states at the same gross vehicle weight?
No. Your gross weight – as shown on both your application and cab card – may vary from state to state.
Enforcement personnel in a member state, however, may issue you a citation if your vehicle operating at a weight that exceeds the weight you registered for that state.
North Carolina may require supporting documentation for any vehicle if gross vehicle weights for the highest and lowest weights requested for jurisdictions vary by 10 percent or more. North Carolina may reject or deny registration for those vehicles if the variance does not reflect actual operating practice.
Are there any special problems in the International Registration Plan that might be encountered in securing overweight and/or over-dimensional special permits?
No, but most states require a unit to be registered for the maximum allowable weight before issuing a special permit. Overweight and/or over-dimensional permits for North Carolina may be secured by calling (919) 814-3700.
If I anticipate operating in a state during the next registration year that I did not enter in the current year, how can I get these states into my application and on my cab card?
Under Full Reciprocity Plan, all states and provinces will be on your cab card.
How do I add or delete vehicles or transfer licenses in my fleet during a registration year?
These changes are accomplished by submitting supplement applications.
Is there a procedure for changing the registered gross weights for my vehicles during the registration year?
Yes. You must file a complete supplemental application and pay additional fees where the gross weight is to be increased.
Do I have to complete all the columnar information requested on the application forms?
Yes. By completing all the information, you will reduce the possibility of having your application returned under the provisions of a 1977 International Registration Plan policy recognizing that the registration laws in different states are based upon different factors.
What are the insurance requirements for interstate motor carriers?
An interstate motor carrier must have a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance.
Where do I obtain interstate authority?
To obtain interstate authority, call the Federal Highway Administration's Office of Motor Carriers at (202) 366-9805 or send a request to:
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Motor Carriers
Information Management, HIA-10
400 Seventh St., SW
Washington, DC 20590
When I obtain my credentials from Washington, D.C., where do I register my authority?
Call the North Carolina International Registration Plan in Raleigh at (919) 615-6700 or in Charlotte at (980) 260-2650.
What are the insurance requirements for North Carolina intrastate motor carriers?
An intrastate motor carrier must have a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance that is provided by a company licensed to do business in North Carolina.
What type of credentials are required for intrastate operation in North Carolina?
If you are hauling household goods or transporting passengers, call the North Carolina Utilities Commission at (919) 733-4035. If you are hauling general commodities, call the North Carolina International Registration Plan at (919) 615-6700.
How can I contact the U.S. Department of Transportation?
Call the U.S. Department of Transportation at (919) 856-4378.