Do I need IRP?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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QuestionAnswerAnswer
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Are you hauling over 26,000 pounds (this includes truck, trailer, and load)?
2
Are you travelling to more than one state (travelling INTERstate) with this load?
3
Is your business (or base of operations) physically located in Kentucky?
 
Yes to all three questions

You must register for an IRP account with Kentucky.

 View IRP Requirements

Yes to 1 & 2, but not 3

You must contact your base state.

 Contact Your Base State

 Exceptions: Two (2) of the most common exceptions, and therefore the only two (2) being addressed on this site, are:

 

  1. If you are Farm-Plated and you are hauling YOUR OWN GOODS from state-to-state (interstate), you will not need IRP. If you begin hauling for someone else, however, you will need IRP.
  2. If you are hauling (truck, trailer, and load) EXACTLY 26,000 pounds and your load is picked up in one state and dropped in another (interstate), you will not need IRP.

 

 Note: If you are hauling 26,001 interstate you are in violation of this exemption and must register for IRP in your base state.
1
Are you travelling out of Kentucky?
2
Are you using a farm-plated vehicle?
2
Are you hauling over 26,000 pounds (this includes truck, trailer, and load)?
3
You will not need IRP.  If you begin hauling for someone other than yourself, you will need IRP.
3
Are you hauling over 26,000 pounds (this includes truck, trailer, and load)?
3
Is your business (or base of operations) physically located in Kentucky?
3
Will you be picking up AND dropping off in a state other than Kentucky?
4
Is your business (or base of operations) physically located in Kentucky?
4
Will you be picking up AND dropping off in a state other than Kentucky?
4
You must register for an IRP account with Kentucky.

 View IRP Requirements
4
You must contact your base state.

 Contact Your Base State
4
Is your business (or base of operations) physically located in Kentucky?
4
You will not need IRP.
5
You must register for an IRP account with Kentucky.

 View IRP Requirements
5
You must contact your base state.

 Contact Your Base State
5
Is your business (or base of operations) physically located in Kentucky?
5
You will not need IRP.
5
You must register for an IRP account with Kentucky.

 View IRP Requirements​​
5
You must contact your base state.

 Contact Your Base State
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You must register for an IRP account with Kentucky.

 View IRP Requirements ​​​
6
You must contact your base state.

 Contact Your Base State
4
​You do not need IRP and you can obtain your plate at your County Clerk's office.​​

IRP Transaction Requirements​​

What kind of transaction are you interested in? Click the name below to see detailed instructions:

​Any vehicle with a combined gross vehicle weight or registered gross weight exceeding 26,000 lbs. or having 3 or more axles regardless of weight operating outside the state of Kentucky needs an apportioned license plate. In addition, any vehicle doing intrastate hauling outside the state of Kentucky, regardless of registered gross weight, must have an apportioned license plate. In the case of apportioned license plates, intrastate hauling is defined as picking up a load in a state other than Kentucky, then dropping that same load in another location within that state. (Example: pick up a load in Toledo, Ohio and drop that same load in Columbus, Ohio.) In the case of intrastate haulers, commercial vehicles of any weight, with the exception of passenger vehicles, must have apportioned license plates.
Apportioned license plates are available in the following weights: 10000, 14000, 18000, 22000, 26000, 32000, 38000, 44000, 55000, 62000, 73280, and 80000. This weight is the combined weight of the truck, trailer and load. This is also known as the taxable weight or registered weight.
The Form 2290 is the Schedule of Heavy Highway Vehicles. It is a tax that is collected by the Internal Revenue Service. You must have a stamped or watermarked 2290 (showing that the tax has been paid) for each vehicle that is 55,000 lbs. or greater that you have owned for 60 days or more. Please be aware that the form 2290 must be in one of the following names (IRP account name, Motor Carrier Responsible or Registered owner of the vehicle). A copy of the 2290 stamped or watermark for the tax period due must be provided to the IRP Office at the time of your renewal or when you add an applicable truck to your account.
Visit the Motor Carrier Portal, click “What Can I Do?” at the top, and then select IRP Online in the menu. If you are unable to access the website please contact the email below. 


Note: Ensure you have obtained your apportioned certificate before attempting your renewal. All required documents (2290, lease agreement and address proofs.) need to be emailed to the Kentucky IRP department.


Email:
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A cab card is the vehicle’s registration with a list of the jurisdictions (states) you are allowed to travel in. The cab card includes specific vehicle and motor carrier responsible for safety information, and cannot be transferred from vehicle to vehicle.​
Your cab card should already have all jurisdictions. Adding jurisdictions​ has been phased out.​
For a lost plate you can request a replacement online by visiting the Motor Carrier Portal, click "What Can I Do?" at the top, and then click IRP Online in the menu. You must fill out a Lost or Stolen Affidavit or submit a letter of explanation along with a police report or insurance accident report and email it to irp.dmc@ky.gov. A new plate will be mailed. Temporary and permanent cab cards can be printed online via the motor carrier connect website.​
Yes, you can. You must delete the vehicle from your fleet by visiting the Motor Carrier Portal, click “What Can I Do? at the top, and then click IRP Online. Apportion Plate for the deleted vehicle must be mailed back to the IRP section. You will receive a prorated credit for the Kentucky portion of the fees that were paid. The credit will need to be used before the next renewal period. The fees that were paid to other jurisdictions are non-refundable.

 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Division of Motor Carriers
Attn: IRP Section
PO Box 2323
Frankfort, KY 40602
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Yes, you can exchange/transfer the fees paid from one vehicle to another vehicle by visiting the Motor Carrier Portal, click “What Can I Do? at the top, and then click IRP Online.​
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No. Apportioned license plates are not transferable from one account to another. Your neighbor will have to obtain his own apportioned license plate.​
Usage tax is paid on any vehicle with a combined gross weight 44,000 lbs. and under. This tax is paid at your local county clerk when you register the vehicle for the first time.​
Cost varies according to weight of vehicle, vehicle type, vehicle year, type of operation and previous year mileage. 80,000 lb. plates may cost approximately $1,250.00 to $2,500.00.​
Visit Motor Carrier Portal, click "What Can I Do?" at the top, and then click IRP Online in the menu. From the IRP Online page you can pay IRP bills online via electronic check (ACH) for a flat $3.00 fee or a credit card with a 4% processing fee.
Yes, by visiting the Motor Carrier Portal, clicking “What Can I Do? at the top, and then click IRP Online. You can process your IRP renewal, add/delete vehicles to your account, change weights, exchange/transfer vehicles, request replacement credentials, print temporary and permanent cab cards, and pay your IRP bill(s).​
Yes. It's perfectly legal to haul loads with a temporary cab card. If you have a temporary in your truck, then you may drive in any state without a plate. You do not need to have the original in your truck.​

Yes. It's perfectly legal to haul loads with a non-reciprocal temporary permit. If you obtain a temporary and carry a copy in your truck.