International Registration Plan
International Registration Plan (IRP) is a vehicle registration system for trucks and buses operating inter-jurisdictionally between Manitoba and other provinces or states throughout North America.
A vehicle is eligible for registration under IRP if the vehicle is intended for operation in two or more jurisdictions and meets at least one of the following conditions:
• registered weight of 11,794 kg or more
• three or more axles regardless of weight
• in combination with a trailer or semi-trailer has a combined weight of 11,794 kg or more
• has a regular bus route or buses used in the transportation of chartered parties
• will be operating in a jurisdiction that requires IRP registration for a particular class or weight of vehicle
Vehicles with a registered weight of 11,794 kg or less are eligible for registration under IRP if they are intended for operation into or through jurisdictions where IRP registration is required at lower weight thresholds.
New IRP applications / FRP applications
New IRP fleet applications and renewals are processed at the Commercial Vehicle Registration Office at the cityplace Service Centre in Winnipeg only. To register under IRP, drop off or mail your original, signed IRP Prorate Fleet application (PDF) and IRP Prorate Vehicle application (PDF) along with required supporting documentation (see Apportioned Vehicle Manual) to:
Manitoba Public Insurance
Commercial Vehicle Registration
100 - 234 Donald Street
Winnipeg, MB R3C 4A4
IRP amendments, additions or deletions
To apply for an amendment, addition or deletion of vehicles or fleets within IRP, complete an IRP Prorate Vehicle application (PDF) and/or Prorate Fleet application (PDF), along with a Fax Cover Sheet and Checklist. Then email, fax or mail your completed application and checklist to the Commercial Vehicle Registration office (address above). Upon receipt of your invoice, you can pick up and pay for your IRP credentials at any of MPI’s Service Centres.
Toll free fax: 1-866-798-1186
For more information, contact the Commercial Vehicle Registration Office at 204-985-7775 or toll-free at 1-866-798-1185, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Or download the following:
Effective January 1, 2015 Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP) went into effect. FRP will change the Plan to make the Plan more efficient, more equitable and more flexible for its member jurisdictions and registrants by granting full reciprocity for all apportioned vehicles in all member IRP jurisdictions and removing from the Plan any provisions related to estimated distance.
- No more estimated distances – only actual distances.
- Increased operational flexibility – cab cards show all jurisdictions and grant full reciprocity.
- Reduced administration – no more add jurisdiction or permits for IRP vehicles.
- Reduced operating costs – no more fees over 100 per cent due to estimating.
How it works
- All jurisdictions will be displayed on the cab card. Carriers no longer need to select the jurisdictions they intend to operate in.
- Registration fees will be based on your fleet’s actual distance for the reporting period. Estimating distances will no longer be necessary or allowed.
- Add Jurisdiction supplements will be eliminated.
- IRP registered vehicles will no longer require trip permits.
- Carriers will be registered under the FRP rules when they renew with an effective date in calendar year 2015.
- New carriers without any IRP history will pay fees based on the Manitoba Average Per Vehicle Distance Chart for the initial application.
On Sept. 18, 2014, International Registration Plan (IRP) jurisdictions voted in favour of amending the definition of Apportionable Vehicle in the Plan. As a result of the change to the IRP agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2016, all Charter Buses operating in an interprovincial and interstate manner are required to obtain IRP registration or purchase trip permits.
Carriers subject to this new requirement can register for IRP registration anytime during the 2015 calendar year but must be registered by Jan. 1, 2016 to continue to operate interjurisdictionally.
There are many benefits to this change, including:
- registering once for all the jurisdictions
- paying registration fees based on the distance operated in each jurisdiction
- paying only to the base jurisdiction
- requiring one license plate (or set of plates) and one cab card
For more information please call the Manitoba Public Insurance Commercial Vehicles department at 204-985-7775 or 1-866-798-1185, or email IRP@mpi.mb.ca.
Once you are registered under IRP, transactions can be made at any Service Centre in Arborg, Beausejour, Brandon, Dauphin, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, Thompson, Winkler and Winnipeg. (This service is not available at Claim Centres in Swan River and The Pas.) Find a Service Centre near you.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is changing?
On Sept. 18, 2014, International Registration Plan (IRP) jurisdictions, including Manitoba, voted in favour of amending the IRP agreement to remove charter buses as a vehicle exempt from IRP registration. Effective Jan. 1, 2016, all charter buses operating in an interprovincial and interstate manner are required to obtain IRP registration or purchase trip permits.
- Are all charter buses impacted by the change?
Charter buses operating in an interprovincial and interstate manner – that is, operating in two or more jurisdictions – are affected by the change. These buses now fall under the definition of an “apportionable vehicle.”
- What is IRP?
IRP is a vehicle registration reciprocity agreement among provinces of Canada, states of the United States and the District of Columbia providing for payment of apportionable fees on the basis of total distance a carrier has operated in all jurisdictions.
- What are the benefits of registering under IRP?
IRP allows a carrier to register once for all the jurisdictions, rather than dealing with each jurisdiction separately.
IRP provides for payment of registration fees based on the distance operated in each jurisdiction.
Registration fees are paid to the base (home) jurisdiction and distributed to various jurisdictions in which the vehicles are operated. Only one license plate (or set of plates) and one cab card is issued for each vehicle.
- What is FRP?
Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP) is a new method of calculating IRP fees. Under FRP:
Carriers do not estimate distances to calculate fees.
New carriers or carriers without actual distances within the previous reporting period pay fees based solely on Manitoba’s Average per Vehicle Distance Chart. These new carriers will pay fees for all jurisdictions until the carrier has actual distances to report.
Established carriers pay fees based on actual distances travelled the previous reporting period. These carriers pay fees only to the jurisdictions they actually travelled in, but they are able to operate everywhere.
The registration charge for each fleet vehicle is determined as a percentage of the entire fleet’s actual “reporting period” distance for the previous year.
Cab cards show all IRP states and provinces. A carrier’s cab card allows them to operate in any IRP jurisdiction regardless of whether or not they have reported distances in that jurisdiction on their previous renewal.
Trip permits are not required.
Registrants pay all registration fees, prorated vehicle taxes and any additional charges or fees to the base jurisdiction.
- How will fees be calculated if the carrier has no actual distance?
Registration fees for new fleets and renewals for fleets that did not accumulate any actual distance in the reporting period will be calculated using the Manitoba Average Per Vehicle Distance (APVD) chart for all jurisdictions.
- Are all charter buses impacted by the change?
Charter buses operating in an interprovincial and interstate manner – that is, operating in two or more jurisdictions – are affected by the change. These buses now fall under the definition of “apportionable vehicle”.
- What is the Average Per Vehicle Distance chart and how often is it updated?
This chart is based on the average distance reported by vehicles registered in Manitoba for all IRP jurisdictions. This chart will be updated by March 31 each year.
- Can a new fleet use a combination of actual and estimated distances?
No, a new fleet can only use the Average Per Vehicle Distance chart to determine fees for all jurisdictions. IRP carriers will not estimate any distances.
- If the carrier only has actual distance in Manitoba in the reporting period, do they pay 100 per cent of Manitoba’s fees?
- Will new fleets have their fees reconciled following their first year to reflect actual distances?
No, as with estimated distances prior to FRP, fees are not recalculated in the subsequent year. Under the FRP, a new registrant simply pays the fee shown on the APVD chart and in subsequent years pays on the basis of actual distance traveled in the reporting period.
- What is a cab card?
A cab card is a registration document issued by the base jurisdiction for a vehicle registered under IRP. The cab card identifies the vehicle, the base plate, and the carrying capacity within each jurisdiction where the vehicle is authorized to travel.
- What is an apportionable vehicle?
Apportionable vehicle means any power unit that is used or intended for use in two or more member jurisdictions, is used for the transportation of persons for hire or designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property, and
- has two axles and a registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 11,794 kgs or 26,000 pounds, or
- has three or more axles, regardless of weight, or
- is used in combination, when the gross vehicle weight of such combination exceeds 11,794 kgs or 26,000 pounds.
- For carriers that operate only within Canada. Will it be necessary for my buses to get a U.S. DOT (Department of Transportation) number if all jurisdictions are on our cab cards?
No, a carrier only requires a DOT number if it operates in the U.S. Please note that IRP registration does not exempt carriers from obtaining any additional permits that may be required by a jurisdiction in which they are travelling in.
- Will carriers need additional insurance if they operate in all jurisdictions?
Insurance is issued separately from registration in IRP. In general, insurance premiums are determined by a carrier’s actual operation. However, if a carrier is changing their operations (such as the jurisdictions in which they operate), they will not need to add the jurisdiction to the cab card but may need to discuss the changes with their insurance provider.
- How do I register for IRP?
Contact Manitoba Public Insurance Commercial Vehicles Department directly at 204-985-7775 or 1-866-798-1185, or email IRP@mpi.mb.ca. A Commercial Vehicle Registration Representative will assist you in registering your vehicles on IRP.