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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles International Registration Plan - Frequently Asked Questions

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Who needs to purchase an IRP plate?

Is your vehicle IRP qualified? If your truck has a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 26,000 pounds or greater, it is an IRP qualified vehicle. If your truck has three or more axles regardless of weight, it is also IRP qualified. If you leave the State of Ohio with your vehicle, you should have either an IRP plate or a Trip Permit. A Trip Permit is secured before entering another state for each state you travel through. The permit is available at truck stops through wire service companies and is good for 72 hours. Although you are not required to purchase an IRP plate, we recommend that if you leave the state more than four or five times a year, you should obtain an IRP plate.

I know I need an IRP plate for my truck, but do I need one for my semi-trailer?

Apportioned IRP plates are no longer issued to trailers. An Ohio base trailer plate issued by the local Deputy Registrar is valid in all jurisdictions.

Can I get an apportioned plate at my local deputy?

No. The IRP Processing Center in Columbus or one of the IRP branch offices are the only locations where you can obtain an apportioned plate. There are four branch offices located in Cambridge, Canton, Findlay and Monroe.

Can I file an application in person?

Yes, you can, however, the process can be done entirely through the mail to the IRP Processing Center in Columbus. The IRP branch offices are not equipped to receive mail.

If I file my application in person, will I get my plate the same day?

Same day service cannot be guaranteed due to the fact that the IRP Processing Center and branch offices cannot accurately predict from day-to-day how busy the walk-in traffic will be. To increase your chances of receiving same day service, it is suggested you arrive as early as possible. Having all the documentation necessary to process your application will also expedite matters. Please be reminded that same day service is never done on renewals.

How much will my plate cost?

The exact cost for your plate is not determined until your application has been processed and the fees calculated. On average, the cost for a vehicle operating at 80,000 pounds is between $1200 and $1600 for a full year plate.

Since I received my IRP plate, do I still need to obtain International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) stickers or the Single State Registration System (SSRS)?

Obtaining an IRP plate does not eliminate your responsibility to obtain IFTA stickers or SSRS. IRP is for the issuance of license plates only.

Why did I only receive one apportioned plate?

Under IRP, a single plate is issued. That is different than if you were to purchase an Ohio base plate at your local Deputy Registrar. There, you would receive two plates. We can convert your Ohio base plate to an IRP plate at one of the IRP offices.

I bought an Ohio base plate and have just found out I really need an IRP plate. What can I do?

We can convert your Ohio base plate to an IRP plate at one of the IRP offices.

How do I get information and application material about IRP?

Call or visit the IRP Processing Center or one of the branch offices to obtain a registration packet. If you just need an application, all of the local deputies have them.

Do I need to send you my title to register in Ohio?

The BMV does need to see your title if you are registering the vehicle for the first time in Ohio. This is not necessary if your vehicle was registered in Ohio last year, and you submit your base plate number on your application form and forward to us a copy of your registration from last year. Ohio implemented a staggered registration plan March 1, 2004. Registration is staggered based upon the last two digits of the registrant's Social Security number or tax identification number. Please see the staggered registration chart.

What is the registration year in Ohio?

Ohio implemented a staggered registration plan March 1, 2004. Registration is staggered based upon the last two digits of the registrant's Social Security number or tax identification number. Please see the staggered registration chart.

My license plate was stolen from my truck. How do I get a new one?

Submit an Ohio IRP application requesting a plate and sticker. The processing center will bill you for the replacement plate and sticker. You may apply for a Temporary Operating Authority (TA) to operate your vehicle until you receive your replacement.

How do I transfer plates?

Submit an Ohio IRP application requesting the transfer. Also forward the title, 2290, and a Power of Attorney if necessary for the new vehicle. You will receive some credit from the deleted vehicle towards the licensing of your new vehicle. How much credit depends on the states you apportion with.

How do I add a vehicle I just bought?

Submit an Ohio IRP application requesting to add the vehicle. Be sure to include your title, 2290, and a Power of Attorney if necessary. The processing center will forward an invoice to you once the transaction has been completed. You may apply for a TA.

How do I add states to my fleet?

Submit an Ohio IRP application listing the states that you are adding including the weight you want to be registered at and the estimated miles for the additional state or states you are adding. The processing center will forward an invoice to you once the transaction has been completed. You may apply for a TA.

How do I increase weight on my vehicle?

Submit an Ohio IRP application requesting the weight increase. After the BMV has processed your application, you will receive an invoice for the weight increase. You may apply for a TA.

How do I get a TA?

Complete the TA application and fax it to the Processing Center in Columbus. If your account is in good standing we will issue the TA and fax it back to you. If you do not have a TA application, the IRP Processing Center can fax one to your location or mail one to you.

I was notified by my bank of a returned check written to the BMV. How do I resolve this matter?

Banks are instructed to send returned checks through a second time. If the check clears on the second attempt, the BMV does not receive any notice of a returned check. However, if the returned check does not go through on the second attempt, and/or for another reason is sent to the BMV to process, you will be sent a letter requesting payment, including a $15.00 service charge, with a return envelope provided. The letter will reference a claim number, which needs to be included with your payment in order for you to receive proper credit for the transaction. We understand that mistakes happen and afford you the opportunity to correct the situation. If you have further questions about a returned check, you may contact the BMV Tax Distribution Section at (614) 752-2084.