The IRP is a plan for apportioned registration, based on mileage, for commercial vehicles engaged in interstate operations in member states or Canadian provinces. Maryland officially became the 37th IRP jurisdiction on March 31, 1987.
Maryland participates in the Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) program.
Effective October 1, 2015, the State of Maryland will participate in the PRISM program. PRISM is a Federal/State partnership used to identify motor carriers with deficient safety records and links a carrier's safety fitness to the ability to register and operate vehicles.
International Registration Plan (IRP) provides a framework for PRISM by facilitating two vital functions. First, it establishes a system of accountability by identifying the carrier responsible for the vehicle’s safety. Second, unsafe carriers are subject to sanctions until their safety performance meets Federal and State standards. Motor carriers that have been prohibited from operating in interstate commerce by the FMCSA may result in a denial or suspended registration by the State. For additional information click here
New Requirement for Charter Buses Take Effect January 1, 2016
The International Registration Plan (IRP) has been amended to remove the exemption for buses used in the transportation of chartered parties. Currently, registration in the IRP for chartered buses has been optional. Effective January 1, 2016, non-government owned buses transporting chartered parties to any destination outside their state of registration will be required to be registered under the International Registration Plan (IRP) and display the corresponding “apportioned” plates. Click here for more details.
IRP Program to Adopt Full Reciprocity Plan in 2015
Beginning in 2015, cab-cards will show all jurisdictions. No more "add state or province. No more "over 100 percent fees" for added jurisdictions. If you have IRP, there will be no more trip permits. All states and provinces will be implementing the change. See more
If your vehicle travels in Maryland and in other IRP jurisdictions and is used for the transportation of persons for hire or is designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property, and
- is a power unit having two axles and a gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 pounds; or
- is a power unit having three or more axles, regardless of the weight; or
- is used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
Two axle vehicles or combinations thereof, having a gross weight of 26,000 pounds or less may be issued apportioned registration at the option of the registrant.
For additional information please refer to the IRP Manual.