International Registration Plan

The International Registration Plan (IRP) is a registration reciprocity agreement among the states of the U.S. and provinces of Canada, providing the payment of license fees on the basis of total distance operated in all jurisdictions. Each carrier is required to pay registration fees for the state or provinces where they will travel and conduct business. IRP allows the carrier to submit a single application to a single base state for all jurisdictions for which the carrier operates.
Without IRP, a carrier would have to submit multiple registration applications; one for each jurisdiction in which they travel. Colorado offers multiyear registrations for the commercial trailers that are Tax Class A vehicles registered in IRP

IRP/International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Registration Process

The Department of Revenue's Taxation Division and Division of Motor Vehicles have improved the procedure to allow carriers who need IRP registration and IFTA credentials to be served during a single transaction at the DMV office located at 1881 Pierce Street, Lakewood, Colorado.

IRP Training Classes

The Vehicle Services Section has created a series of training videos for IRP that can be viewed via youtube with the following links:

IRP Access Login and Navigation
IRP Third Party Access

Documents Required To Become an IRP Member

The following documents are required to open an IRP account in Colorado in person or online:

  • Completed DR 7553 International Registration Plan - Colorado Application
    • if coming in person, FEIN letter from the IRS (not required if using SSN)
  • Articles of Organization (not required if using SSN)
    • File with Colorado Secretary of State
  • Ownership documents 
    • Colorado title or title application 
    • Out-of-state title (copy of front and back) weight must be listed on the title. If the weight is not listed on the title, a weight slip will be required. 
    • If the owner on the title is not the same as the registrant, a lease agreement is required. ​​
  • Proof of Emissions
    • Proof of emissions is required if a business/residence is located within an emissions area. Counties requiring emissions: Boulder County, Broomfield County, Denver County, Douglas County, Jefferson County, Adams County* Arapahoe County*, Larimer County*, Weld County* and El Paso County**, a * Only requires emissions in certain parts of the county, a double ** Only requires diesel inspections. You can visit https://dmv.colorado.gov/diesel-vehicles to verify your address if you are unsure if you require an emissions test. 
      • Vehicle year 1-4 is exempt
      • Vehicle year 4-10 emissions are required every other year
      • Vehicles over 10 years old require emissions every year
  • IRS Form 2290 from IRS.gov
    • Required for vehicles hauling 55,000 lbs or more 
    • Must be validated (e-file watermark or stamped by the IRP)
    • Not required if the purchase date is less than 60 day’s 
      • Letter of Authorization
  • USDOT and FEIN
    • The carrier must have a valid DOT and EIN
    • If another company is responsible for safety, their DOT and EIN numbers are required.
  • Proof of residency / Place of Business
    • Three proofs of residency for the address listed on the application are required.
      • Acceptable documents for proof of residency:
        • Colorado Driver’s license
        • Federal Income Tax returns 
        • Personal income tax returns
        • Incorporation
        • Owner residency
        • Property Tax
        • Utility Bill
        • Vehicle title 
        • Lease agreement
      • Place of Business
        • Business License (issued by the state of Colorado)
        • Utility bill
  • In addition, a Letter of Authorization is required if allowing someone other then the owner to work on the account 


FAQ’s on the Full Reciprocity Plan for IRP

What is the Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP) for IRP?

The FRP will change the IRP to make the Plan more efficient, more equitable and more flexible by granting full reciprocity for all apportioned vehicles in all IRP Member Jurisdictions and removing from the Plan any provisions related to 1st and 2nd year estimated distance for established fleets.

What is the effective date of the FRP?

January 1, 2015.

If a registrant’s renewal date is April 1, 2015, at what point will they come under full reciprocity?

Any registrant whose registration year begins on or after January 1, 2015, would be subject to the FRP provisions. For the example of an April 1, 2015 renewal, they would be registered under full reciprocity beginning with their April 1, 2015 renewal.

Are all existing IRP carriers going to be subject to the average per vehicle distance chart calculations for all member jurisdictions the first year under full reciprocity? 

No, existing carriers renewing their fleets for registrant year beginning on or after January 1, 2015, will report actual distance accumulated during the distance reporting period.

When should fees be based on the jurisdictional average per vehicle distance chart?

When a registrant’s fleet is considered new under Section 420 of the Plan, or the fleet did not accumulate any actual distance during the distance reporting period, fees will be calculated using the base jurisdiction’s average per vehicle distance chart

When is actual distance to be used?

Under FRP, actual distance must be used when the registrant’s fleet accumulated any actual distance during the distance reporting period.

For a new fleet can a combination of actual and average per vehicle distance be used?

No, a new fleet has no actual distance. Under FRP, the jurisdiction’s average per vehicle distance chart must be used to determine fees for all IRP jurisdictions. A combination of actual distance and average per vehicle distance should never be used under FRP.

What does a carrier pay when all of the actual miles occurred in Colorado? Does the carrier pay 100% of Colorado Fees?

Yes, under FRP the registrant must report the actual distance accumulated during the distance reporting period and pay the appropriate fees. The official commentary under the apportionable vehicle definition allows a customer 18 months to travel in at least two jurisdictions.

Under FRP what weight should be displayed on the IRP cab card?

Under FRP, the gross vehicle weight should be displayed on the cab card for every IRP jurisdiction. The base declared gross weight plus the comparable weight for each member jurisdiction should be reflected.

How are weights over 80,000 pounds to be handled?

The FRP doesn’t affect how weights over 80,000 pounds are handled. The registrant should continue to declare the gross vehicle weight.

Training Videos
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Register for IRP
International Registration Plan registration is completed in person at the State Division of Motor Vehicles, 1881 Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO or online.

Titling a Vehicle

Titling requirements for vehicles can be found here, and is completed through your county motor vehicle office.