closed signIf anyone in Ontario is planning to use an IRP office you might want to note that on April 26, 2013 all Ontario offices will be closed.


The Ontario government has recently been working on updating their systems for the International Registration Plan (IRP).  During the month of March all staff were provided training and the long-awaited systems change will finally happen on April 26th.  Since it’s late in the month and some carriers will have renewals, carriers should plan ahead so that they don’t miss out on renewing their plates in time.

We have been told that all offices should be open and operating as usual on Monday April 29, 2013.  We have also been told to expect some changes and new forms.


IRP offices are contacting all carriers with applications pending at their offices.  According to IRP staff all open applications must be completed by Wednesday April 24th.  It seems that once the new system is in place all open applications will be lost as they will not be transferred into the new system.  This of course means delays in getting new plates. I have also been warned that it is a new system so while IRP and Service Ontario hope for a smooth transition, they are expecting some bumps in the road as staff learn the new systems and system problems may creep up, of course this only adds to possible delays.


Branding image of the Government of Ontario, s...

Branding image of the Government of Ontario, since 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

IRP stands for International Registration Plan which is a unified reciprocity agreement between contiguous United States and Canada that allows for a single point of plate registration for operators of commercial vehicles.   Generally speaking an operator will register their vehicles in their home jurisdiction and pay a prorated fee to other member states based on their chosen area of operations.  Fees are calculated using mileages and are apportioned.   Carriers are given their license plate and a cab card that lists their chosen states and provinces and their gross vehicle weights.


Vehicles become eligible for IRP when:

Intended for use in two or more jurisdictions

  • Intended for use in two or more jurisdictions
  • Is a power unit having two axles and a gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 pounds (11,794 kg)
  • Is used in combination, when the weight exceeds 26,000 pounds (11,794 kg) gross vehicle weight
  • Is a power unit having three or more axles

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