How to register: IRP (prorate)

Prorate and Fuel Tax Customer Counter Services are on the move

We’ll be closing our Bristol Court location in Olympia on April 29, 2016. On May 2, 2016 we’ll open at our new location:

405 Black Lake Blvd
Building 2
Olympia, WA

We'll be offering the same services and hours from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Parking is available in front of the building. You’ll be able to access Taxpayer Access Point (TAP) through a kiosk at the office. We’ll be there to help if needed.

You can file, pay, and manage your IFTA and IRP taxes online using TAP during the transition.

The International Registration Plan (IRP) is an easy way to license commercial vehicles in more than one state or province.

  • Only 1 set of apportioned license plates and cab card are issued for each vehicle.
  • License fees are collected by the state or province where the vehicle is licensed and are distributed to the other states and provinces.

Who can apply?

You can apply for an IRP registration if you operate:

  • Commercial vehicles over 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight in 2 or more jurisdictions.
  • Vehicles with 3 or more axles, regardless of weight.
  • A combination of vehicles whose total weight exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight (doesn’t include recreational vehicles).
  • Vehicles that are titled in Washington State.

Full Reciprocity Plan effective January 1, 2015

IRP cab card will display all states and Canadian Provinces participating in the IRP and authorizes you to travel in these jurisdictions. This change was approved by the states and Canadian Provinces in October 2013 and is commonly referred to as the Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP). This FRP:

  • simplifies the registration process,
  • reduces paperwork, and
  • eliminates the practice of charging “over 100% fees” for added jurisdictions and 2nd year estimates.

You will only be charged fees for jurisdictions you have actual travel in.

Existing IRP accounts who renewed before January 1, 2015, will not see a difference in their cab cards or reporting. Please review the IRP Manual for more information about FRP or visit

How to apply

To set up a new IRP account, submit all of the following:

For instructions, see IRP Customer Manual.

Note: As of July 1, 2014, your Motor Carrier ID Report (MCS-150) must be updated every 2 years and filed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This means we’re not allowed to update or accept this form anymore.


We can give estimates of WA fees, but we can’t calculate the exact cost until we receive your application. You’ll need to contact each state/province outside Washington for their fees.

Performance and Registration Information Systems Management — PRISM

PRISM is a cooperative federal/state safety program. It’s designed to identify motor carriers with poor safety records and tie a motor carrier’s safety fitness to the ability to register their trucks.

PRISM links the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety information with the state’s motor vehicle registration process to achieve 2 purposes:

  • Determine the motor carrier’s safety fitness before issuing them a license plate.
  • Motivate the unsafe carrier to improve its safety performance through an improvement process and registration sanctions.

For more information about PRISM, visit Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Related information

Questions? Need help?

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