The International Registration Plan (IRP) is an agreement among states of the United States, the District of Columbia and provinces of Canada, to allow the free flow of commercial vehicle traffics among the jurisdictions.
The unique feature of the IRP is that, even though fleet vehicles may pay fees among the various jurisdictions where they operate (apportionable fees), the only plate and cab card required are the ones issued by the base jurisdiction.
Once registered for the IRP, a fleet vehicle may be operated in any member jurisdiction in which it is registered and its fees have been paid.
According to the IRP, under section 204, the following vehicles must register under the International Registration Plan:
Trucks and truck tractors, and combinations of vehicles having a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or 11,793.401 kilograms or less and buses used in transportation of chartered parties may be proportionally registered at the option of the registrant.
Vehicles exempt from registering under the IRP include recreational vehicles, vehicles displaying restricted plates, city pickup and delivery vehicles, buses used in transportation of chartered parties, and government-owned vehicles.
For more details about the IRP and its registration requirements, please refer to the IRP website or contact the Nova Scotia IRP office.
The Atlantic Carrier Manual explains how to obtain "apportioned" registration for Inter-jurisdictional Trucks, Tractors and other Commercial vehicles based in any Member Jurisdiction of the International Registration Plan (IRP).
The basic information needed to prepare applications is provided; however, the contents will not cover every unique situation or answer all questions that may arise
Please use this manual as a reference only.
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Access Nova Scotia
International Registration Plan Office
PO Box 1652
Halifax NS B3J 2Z3
Halifax Access Centre
300 Horseshoe Lake Drive
Bayers Lake Business Park
Telephone (902) 450-3933
or (902) 450-3934
Fax (902) 424-0535
Dartmouth Access Centre
250 Baker Drive
Russell Lake West
Telephone (902) 424-4937
or (902) 424-7878
Fax (902) 424-0707
Sydney Access Centre
380 Kings Road
Telephone (902) 563-2236
or (902) 563-0514
Fax (902) 563-0504