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What types of vehicles must register with the IRP office?

What is a base jurisdiction?

What are the requirements for registering in a base jurisdiction?

How are IRP fees calculated?

What types of payment are accepted?

Can IRP registrations be processed through the mail?

What forms are necessary to apply for an IRP registration?

May I have a vanity/initial IRP plate?

If a new vehicle is purchased, can the IRP registration be transferred?

What is a trip permit?

What is a hunter's permit?

What is the difference between IRP and IFTA?

What is the federal heavy vehicle use tax?

Does the IRP registration exempt the need to pay town or city permit fees?

Once I have an IRP registration, am I still required to display a US Department of Transportation (DOT) number?

What can happen if I travel in a jurisdiction that is not on my cab card?

How can I apply for overweight certification?

back to topWhat types of vehicles must register with the IRP office?

A vehicle conducting commercial business that leaves New Hampshire and travels to other jurisdictions is considered an Apportioned Vehicle:

  • A power unit having two (2) axles and a gross vehicle weight (GVW) in excess of 26,000 pounds or 11,793.401 kilograms.
  • A power unit having three (3) or more axles, regardless of weight.
  • Used in combination, when the GVW of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,793.401 kilograms.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of weight, which does a point-to-point business in another jurisdiction.

back to topWhat is a base jurisdiction?

The jurisdiction where an IRP vehicle is registered.

back to topWhat are the requirements for registering in a base jurisdiction?

  • The registrant must have an established place of business in the jurisdiction. The business must include a street address and listed telephone number and person(s) conducting business at the location.
  • The registrant must accrue mileage in the jurisdiction.
  • The registrant's operational records must be maintained and accessible in the jurisdiction.

back to topHow are IRP fees calculated?

Fees will vary depending upon the weight of the vehicle, jurisdictions traveled, etc. Fees are determined by multiplying the percentage of miles traveled in each IRP jurisdiction in which the registrant is apportioned, by each jurisdiction's registration fees.

Fees are calculated as follows:

  • A carrier drives a total of 75,000 miles annually in 3 jurisdictions (including the carrier's base jurisdiction) and registers the GVW in each jurisdiction at 80,000 pounds.
  • The carrier determines the total mileage accrued in each jurisdiction from the previous year. That figure is then multiplied by the full annual fee required under the laws of each apportioned jurisdiction.
  • The sum totals are added to determine the full cost to the carrier. This amount is paid to the carrier's base jurisdiction which in turn distributes the appropriate amounts to the other jurisdictions.

For additional assistance in calculating fees, please visit IRP, Inc.

back to topWhat types of payment are accepted?

Payment types accepted:

  • Cash (in person only).
  • Check.
  • Money order.
  • MasterCard, Visa or American Express.

back to topCan IRP registrations be processed through the mail?

Yes.

back to topWhat forms are necessary to apply for an IRP registration?

The following forms may be obtained at the DMV, Concord, or at any DMV office.

  • Schedule A/E & Schedule B - New accounts.
  • Schedule C - Changes to an existing account.
  • Schedule F - Adding jurisdictions to an existing account during the registration year.

back to topMay I have a vanity/initial IRP plate?

Yes.

back to topIf a new vehicle is purchased, can the IRP registration be transferred?

Yes, if the newly purchased vehicle is registered in the same name as the previously registered vehicle.

back to topWhat is a trip permit?

A trip permit:

  • Is issued in lieu of IRP credentials to a vehicle that is properly registered in its base jurisdiction but which has not been apportioned for the jurisdiction(s) in which immediate travel is desired.
  • Is required if the carrier does not intend to apportion with a jurisdiction.
  • Allows the vehicle to operate interjurisdictionally or intrajurisdictionally for a limited amount of time.

back to topWhat is a hunter's permit?

A hunter's permit is valid for 20 days and enables a carrier to travel in all jurisdictions for the purpose of finding a job. This type of permit is issued to owner-operators who terminate a lease and who must surrender the apportioned license plate and cab card to the lessor.

back to topWhat is the difference between IRP and IFTA?

The difference is:

  • IRP is a cooperative agreement for registering vehicles that travel into two (2) or more jurisdictions.
  • IFTA (International Fuel Tax Agreement) is an agreement between member jurisdictions for the uniform collection and distribution of fuel tax revenues.

For more information regarding IFTA, please contact the Department of Safety, Bureau of Road Toll.

back to topWhat is the Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax?

The Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT) (Form 2290) is assessed on vehicles weighing 55,000 lbs. or more. This tax must be paid to the IRS before registering and proof of payment is required at the time of registration. The following are acceptable to show of proof of payment:

  • A copy of a receipted IRS Schedule (Form 2290) listing the vehicle numbers.
  • A copy of the IRS Schedule (Form 2290) with a copy of a document showing proof of payment, such as the front and back of a cancelled check.

Electronic filing. Electronic filing is required for each return reporting twenty-five (25) or more vehicles that the taxpayer files during the tax period. However, all taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically. File Form 2290 electronically through a provider participating in the IRS e-file program for excise taxes. Once your return is accepted by the IRS, your stamped Schedule 1 can be available in as little as 24 hours. For more information on e-file, visit www.irs.gov and search "2290 e-file".

Proof of payment is not required when registering new or used vehicles within thirty (30) days of the date shown on the bill of sale. Contact IRS for more information.

back to topDoes the IRP registration exempt the need to pay town or city permit fees?

No RSA 261:148

back to topOnce I have an IRP registration, am I still required to display a US Department of Transportation (DOT) number?

Yes, a commercial vehicle with a GVW in excess of 10,000 pounds, if leaving the base jurisdiction. Contact the US DOT at 800-832-5660.

back to topWhat can happen if I travel in a jurisdiction that is not on my cab card?

A fine can be imposed and/or your vehicle impounded.

back to topHow can I apply for overweight certification?

Please note: Tthe process for overweight certification in new Hampshire has changed. State Police and other authorized agents are no longer required to physically inspect the vehicle or trailer in order to obtain an overweight certification.

Form RDMV105 (Application for Certification for Additional Truck Weights) must be completed by the applicant and manufacturer (when applicable). If there is no manufacturer or representative located in the State of New Hampshire, form RDMV105 along with the manufacturer's line sheet for the vehicle or trailer must be submitted. Form RDMV105 may be obtained at the DMV Concord office, or at any Registration office.

Once this form is completed in its entirety, you may bring it to any DMV Registration office along with the proper fee for completion.

An annual overweight fee of $105.00 along with the registration fees incurred for the increase from the legal weight to the certified weight must be paid. There is no additional charge for trailers certified in a tractor-trailer combination.

Decal Placement: At the completion of the certification process, the DMV will issue a decal. The decal indicates the truck's certification for weight increase.

  • The decal shall be placed on the lower right corner of the front registration plate.
  • On a tractor-trailer combination, a decal shall be issued for each approved trailer. The decal shall be placed on the lower right corner of the trailer plate.

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