As a member of the transportation industry, whether you’re new to the business or a veteran, you know that operating a transportation company in South Dakota isn’t just about moving goods from here to there. Compliance, registration, licensing, training and even CDL drug and alcohol testing in South Dakota all play integral roles in the successful (not to mention legal) operation of your business. There are many requirements for operating a trucking company, and one of the most difficult to complete is registering with the International Registration Plan (IRP).
Registering in the IRP is not merely an option. If you operate or intend to operate any vehicle that weighs over 26,000 pounds and has two or more axles for the purpose of transporting goods across state lines, your vehicle needs to be registered with the IRP. The IRP is intended to benefit the trucking industry by making crossing jurisdictions less complicated and less expensive, but the application process can still be confusing, complicated and time consuming, especially if you have never registered before. If you’re new to the IRP, here are a few things you should know to help you get started:
What is the IRP?
The IRP is an agreement between 48 of the U.S. states (excluding Hawaii and Alaska), 10 Canadian provinces and the District of Columbia that recognizes the registration of commercial motor vehicles that have been registered by other jurisdictions. Basically, this means that once registered in the IRP, you are allowed the fullest use of the highway systems to transport goods across all member jurisdictions. In the long run, this makes it easier for you because you only have to register and pay fees one time in your base state of business, and then can legally engage in interstate commerce.
What type of fees are involved?
The cost to register with the IRP varies. It depends on the jurisdiction you registered in, distances traveled in each jurisdiction and the number of vehicles in your fleet. Estimating your yearly cost can become difficult to calculate without some help because you need to take into account the distances traveled in different jurisdictions and those jurisdictions’ fees. There may also be additional administrative fees, plates, cab cards and so on.
How can you help?
If you’re registering with the IRP for the first time, or even if you’ve done it before and now need to reregister or add new vehicles, Prorate Services, LLC can help. We’ve registered hundreds of vehicles with the IRP and know this process inside and out. We can get one vehicle or even your whole fleet registered quickly with little to no hassle for you. Plus you can be confident that your application won’t be rejected due to errors or missing documentation. Although we may be best known for assisting our clients with their CDL drug and alcohol testing in South Dakota, it’s important to remember that that’s not all we do. We’re also your local experts for all your trucking compliance needs. Get in touch today to learn more about what we can do for you!