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How to get your license and decals: IFTA

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The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is an agreement among states and Canadian provinces (except Alaska, Hawaii, Yukon, and Northwest Territories) that standardizes the reporting of fuel use taxes by motor carriers operating in more than 1 member state or province. This license is managed in Washington State by the Department of Licensing, Prorate and Fuel Tax Services, Motor Carrier Services unit.

For more information about IFTA, current tax rate schedules, jurisdiction rates for each state and province, manuals, off-road miles, updates and requirements, visit IFTA, Inc.

Online system – TAP

Prorate and Fuel Tax (PRFT) has an online system, TAP – PRFT Taxpayer Access Point. TAP allows you to manage your accounts, file returns, file amended returns, make payments, and purchase decals. Learn more about this system by registering in TAP and creating your online account.

Requirements for a license

To qualify for an IFTA license you must:

  • be based in Washington with a physical address located in Washington
  • operate one of the following vehicles in 2 or more states or provinces:
    • commercial vehicles over 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW); or
    • vehicles with 3 or more axles regardless of weight; or
    • combination vehicles over 26,000 pounds GVW (does not include recreational vehicles)
  • have an active UBI number registered with Secretary of State's office unless you are a sole proprietor
  • register with the Department of Revenue (DOR) for a UBI if you are a sole proprietor, Corporation, or LLC
  • register for a United State Department of Transportation (USDOT) number with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA)
  • complete an IFTA application and Decal application

Review the IFTA Membership packet for additional information. Once you are a member, visit IFTA tax returns and Recordkeeping requirement pages for further details about your role.

Applying for a license

Complete both an IFTA and Decal application with payment. You can access the application via:

IFTA decals

Decals are valid from January 1 to December 31 per year. You must file an IFTA Decal Application annually to order a set of 2 decals ($10 a set). Each vehicle is required to post 1 decal on each side of the vehicle. Review requirements and restrictions on the IFTA, Inc. website. Existing account holders receive a decal application during the 4th quarter tax return mailing. Decals for the following year can be displayed on December 1 of the current year.

How to get decals

Complete an IFTA Decal Application. You can complete the application via TAP, or submit the application and payment by mail to the address in the Mailing section, or bring the completed application to one of our field offices.

Fees

Description Fee
Washington IFTA license No fee
IFTA decals $10 per set of 2 decals

Mailing

With a TAP account, you may complete documents electronically. If mailing, use the following addresses:

For mail with payment enclosed:

Department of Licensing
PRFT, Motor Carrier Services
PO Box 3777
Seattle, WA 98124-3777

For mail with documents only and no payments:

Department of Licensing
PRFT, Motor Carriers Services
PO Box 9228
Olympia, WA 98507-9228

How to change your address

To update your IFTA account or service bureau address, access your TAP account or mail a completed IFTA Change of Address with required attachments.

Related information

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