FAQ
International Registration Plan (IRP)
What documents do I need to open an IRP account?
  •  Must have a valid Michigan Driver's license or Identification card:
  • Proof of Residency – 3 documents establishing Michigan residency (examples are but not limited to rental agreement, utility bills, property taxes, income tax, bank statement, checks).  Accounts going in a business name must provide documents in business name with business address;
  • Articles of Incorporation or organization, DBA papers if account is going in a business name.  Owner of business MUST be present to open an IRP account;
  • IRP Schedule A/C and B Applications, completed and signed;
  • Proof of Michigan no-fault insurance;
  • Proof that Heavy Vehicle Use Tax has been paid on all vehicles owned more than 60 days and operating at over 55,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight, such as a stamped IRS form 2290 Schedule 1 for the proper reporting period;
  • Proof of ownership - proof must be the vehicle title or a copy of the title showing the IRP applicant as the owner on the front of the title or a title application processed by a Secretary of State Branch office. If the title has been assigned to you by the owner shown on the face of the title, you must first apply for a title in your name at any Secretary of State branch office; If the vehicle is titled out-of-state then we need to see both the front and back of the title.
  • Lease Agreement – If registrant and titled vehicle owner are not one in the same, or if insurance is in a name other than the titled vehicle owner.

Michigan IRP reserves the right to ask for additional documentation.

 

 

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Do I have to come to Lansing to open an IRP account?

Yes. IRP accounts must be first established in person at the Lansing IRP office.  If an account is being opened in a business name the owner of the business must be present.

 For more information about IRP, visit our website at www.Michigan.gov/sos and choose the "Other Business Services" option.

 

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What is a DOT sticker and do you have them at the IRP office?

A United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) sticker cannot be purchased from the IRP Unit. You must contact the U.S. Department of Transportation at 1-800-832-5660. Information about USDOT stickers can also be found online at http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

 

 

 

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How do I contact the Michigan IRP office?

Mailing address:

Michigan Department of State
IRP Unit
P.O. Box 30029
Lansing, MI 48909-7529

Physical address:

Michigan Department of State
IRP Unit
7064 Crowner Dr
Dimondale, MI 48918-1502

Telephone: 517-322-1097
Fax: 517-322-1058

E-mail address: sosirp@michigan.gov

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday; and 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, excluding state holidays.

 

 

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Does the IRP Unit issue IFTA decals?

No. Michigan IFTA transactions of all types are handled by the Michigan Department of Treasury. For IFTA information contact the Department of Treasury at 517-636-4580.

 

 

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Do I need an IFTA decal?

If you drive your truck for interstate commerce, you are required to have an International Fuel Tax Act (IFTA) decal. For original, renewal, or temporary decals contact the Michigan Department of Treasury at 517-636-4580. More information about fuel tax decals can be found on their website at www.Michigan.gov/treasury.

 

 

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What permits, licenses, etc. do I need to travel interstate?

You will need an IRP plate and registration (cabcard), IFTA fuel decals (one for each door on each vehicle), and an Operating Authority purchased from Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). A Federal DOT number is also recommended for interstate commerce. Some jurisdictions issue additional special permits.

 

 

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If I paid a partial payment, then sold the vehicle, do I still owe the remainder of the plate fee?

Yes, the remainder of the plate fee is still due whether or not the vehicle is still in service or existence, or whether the carrier remains in business or not.

 

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Can I transfer an IRP plate?

Yes. IRP plates are transferrable but only within the same IRP account.

 

 

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Can I get a three-month IRP plate?

No. Three month IRP plates are not available. The first expiration date must cover at least 6 months when establishing an IRP account. Once an expiration date has been selected, it cannot be changed for the duration of the IRP account. No subsequent partial year plates are available. The four expiration dates are Sept. 30, Dec. 31, March 31, and June 30.

 

  

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Can I renew my IRP account at a Secretary of State branch office?

No. Renewals can only be processed in Lansing or online at www.michigan.gov/irp if you have an established IRP account. You may renew in person, online or through the mail at the Lansing IRP office only.
 

 

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Can I get an IRP plate at my local branch office?

No. IRP plates are only available through the main IRP office in Lansing. You may visit the Lansing office to receive a plate in person, or the IRP staff will mail your plate to your physical address after your invoice has been paid and all required documents have been received.  Online services are available if an IRP account has already been established.

 

 

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Does the IRP Unit take credit cards?

Yes. The IRP office accepts Master Card, Visa, and Discover as a form of payment, other IRP payment options are check, cash, and COMcheck. If you process your IRP online at

www.michigan.gov/irp you have the option to pay by e-check or credit card. If paying by credit card there is a processing fee.

 

 

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How much does an IRP plate cost?

IRP plate fees are based on the percentage of miles you operate in each state or Canadian province, so plate fees will vary. The average plate fee for a company operating one vehicle in all jurisdictions at a registered Gross Vehicle Weight of 80,000 lbs. is about $1,700 for 12 months. THIS IS ONLY AN ESTIMATE. Your transaction must be processed and the invoice calculated before an exact plate fee can be given to you.

 

 

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How do I obtain an IRP plate?

For IRP plates and registration, contact the Lansing IRP office at 517-322-1097 for instructions. Information about IRP can also be found on the State of Michigan website. Choose the "Other Business Services" option at www.Michigan.gov/sos.

 

 

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Do I have to transfer an out of state title to a Michigan title?

No, if the vehicle has a title issued in the company's name by another state. However, we cannot accept a Michigan or out-of-state title showing assignment to a new owner and the new owner has not applied for title in their name. All title transfers must be completed at a Secretary of State Branch office before an IRP plate can be issued.

 

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What documents do I need to transfer an IRP plate from one vehicle in my account to another vehicle in my account?
  • IRP Schedule A/C Application completed and signed (the paper form and signature are not necessary if processed online);
  • Cab card for vehicle being taken out of service;
  • Proof that Heavy Vehicle Use Tax has been paid on all vehicles owned more than 60 days and operating at over 55,000 lbs gross vehicle weight, such as a stamped IRS form 2290 Schedule 1 for the proper reporting period;
  • Proof of ownership if the vehicle the plate is transferred to is new to the account. Proof must be the vehicle title or a copy of the title showing the IRP applicant as the owner on the front of the title or a title application processed by a Secretary of State branch office. If the title has been assigned to you by the owner shown on the face of the title, you must first apply for a title in your name at any Secretary of State branch office;

 

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What documents do I need to increase my elected gross vehicle weight?
  • IRP Schedule A/C Application completed and signed (the paper form and signature are not necessary if processed online);
  • Proof that Heavy Vehicle Use Tax has been paid on all vehicles owned more than 60 days and operating at over 55,000 lbs gross vehicle weight, such as a stamped IRS form 2290 Schedule 1 for the proper reporting period;
  • Cab card, if available, to show the gross vehicle weight for which the vehicle is currently registered (not necessary if processed online).

 

 

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What documents do I need to add a vehicle to my account?
  • IRP Schedule A/C Application completed and signed (the paper form and signature are not necessary when processed online);
  • Proof of ownership on the vehicle(s) being added into service - Proof must be the vehicle title or a copy of the title showing the IRP applicant as the owner on the front of the title or a title application processed by a Secretary of State branch office. If the title has been assigned to you by the owner shown on the face of the title, you must first apply for a title in your name at any Secretary of State branch office; If the vehicle is titled out-of-state then we need to see both the front and back of the title. If processing online DO NOT add a vehicle just purchased into your account until ownership has been transferred and you have a title or validated title receipt. Processing an application without proper documentation will result in online access being restricted and fees paid for undocumented transactions will not be refunded;
  • Proof of Michigan no-fault insurance;
  • Proof that Heavy Vehicle Use Tax has been paid on all vehicles owned more than 60 days and operating at over 55,000 lbs gross vehicle weight, such as a stamped IRS form 2290 Schedule 1 for the proper reporting period;
  • Lease agreement - If registrant and titled vehicle owner are not one in the same, or if insurance is in a name other than the titled vehicle owner.

 

 

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What do I do if the IRS has not stamped my 2290 form?

If you have paid your Heavy Vehicle Use Tax for the current reporting year and have not received your stamped IRS form 2290 Schedule 1 form yet, mail, fax, or bring a copy of your validated IRS Form 2290 schedule printed form the IRS website. The IRS website copies have an electronic watermark. We also accept a completed 2290 form with a copy of the canceled check from the IRS.

Note: Electronic payment receipts from the EFTPS website cannot be used as proof of HVUT payment.

 

 

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What documents do I need to renew my IRP account?
  • Preprinted renewal application or IRP Schedule A/C and B Application completed and signed (the paper form and signature are not necessary if processed online). ACTUAL MILES MUST be reported for states in which you operated during the specified time period on application;
  • Proof of Michigan no-fault insurance;
  • Proof that Heavy Vehicle Use Tax has been paid on all vehicles owned more than 60 days and operating at over 55,000 lbs gross vehicle weight, such as a stamped IRS form 2290 Schedule 1 for the proper reporting period;
  • Proof of ownership for all vehicles being added to the account at renewal. Proof must be the vehicle title or a copy of the title showing the IRP applicant as the owner on the front of the title or a title application processed by a Secretary of State Branch office. If the title has been assigned to you by the owner shown on the face of the title, you must first apply for a title in your name at any Secretary of State Branch office. If the vehicle is titled out-of-state then we need to see both the front and back of the title. If renewing online DO NOT add a vehicle just purchased into your account until ownership has been transferred and you have a title or validated title receipt. Processing an application Online without proper documentation will result in online access being restricted. Fees paid for undocumented transactions will not be refunded;
  • Lease agreement - If registrant and titled vehicle owner are not one in the same, or if insurance is in a name other than the titled vehicle owner.

 

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Can I use IRP online?

Yes, if you already have an established IRP account in good standing through the Lansing IRP office. For further information about applying for an online account or to log into IRP online, go to www.michigan.gov/irp.

 

 

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