CTA offers several options in assisting owner operators and fleet owners with obtaining apportioned license plates for their trucks. Commercial vehicle registration is provided under an IRP Account (International Registration Plan). Truck owners can get their own IRP Account set up, or place their vehicles under CTA's IRP Account. To determine which option is better for you, please refer to the following information:
Options for NON-Florida residents:
1. Set up your own IRP Account in your state (CTA is unable to offer assistance with set up)
2. Place your truck under CTA IRP Account in the state of Florida (we take care of the entire set up process)
Options for Florida residents:
1. Set up your own IRP Account in your state (CTA can offer assistance with set up or you can do it on your own)
2. Place your truck under CTA IRP Account (we take care of the entire set up process)
Total annual cost of an apportioned license plate is approximately $1,500-1,800 per truck, and is determined by the Department of Motor Vehicles upon registration process. If truck is registered on an existing IRP Account, the cost may be pro-rated based on the renewal date of the account itself.
If a truck was purchased over 60 days prior to registration, an additional Green Tax filing will be required, the cost of which is up to $550 annually. This filing will be required every year upon renewal of the plate.
If CTA is offering registration assistance, CTA processing fee is $300, which includes all transportation costs and services such as review and preparation of documents and application.
YOUR OWN REGISTRATION
Benefits of having your own IRP Account:
With your own IRP Account you are completely independent, and do not rely on the carrier company to provide a plate for your truck. You do not need to get a new plate every time you decide to switch to another company - plate is yours to keep.
Disadvantages of having your own IRP Account:
You would need at least $2000 available upfront to cover all registration costs.
Registration process may be costly and time-consuming if you are not following all registration requirements and do not have all necessary documents. (However, CTA can offer assistance with registration for a fee of $300).
Benefits of registering your truck under carrier company's IRP Account:
You do not have to pay the full price upfront. We can finance your registration costs, all we require upfront is $500.
Disadvantages of registering your truck under carrier company's IRP Account:
Since the plate is under company's IRP account, upon termination of your operating agreement with the company, the plate will have to be returned to the carrier and/or will be deactivated.
No refunds will be provided for early termination since the state of Florida does not issue refunds on IRP Plates.
REGISTERING AN IRP IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA
There are two Main DMV Divisions in the state of Florida that can process IRP Registration:
2820 54th Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
2900 Apalachee Pkwy
Tallahassee, FL 32399
You can register your account by yourself, or use our assistance to process it. If registering by yourself, we highly recommend to go to the DMV in person as it may take 3-8 weeks to get IRP Registration processed online or by mail.
In order to register your truck in the state of Florida you will need the following (click on underlined sections to access the required forms, documents or websites):
If truck is paid off: Truck title (clear copy, front and back) OR if truck is financed: Florida title transfer receipt
If truck is paid off and truck title is out of state, a notarized VIN verification form will be required
If truck is financed: copy of full agreement with the finance company
If truck was purchased more than 60 days ago: 2290 Green Tax will be required
Record Keeping Agreement notarized
IRP Account application (CTA will take care of it if you are using our IRP Registration assistance service)
Operating agreement with CTA (will be provided by CTA)
Proof of commercial liability insurance from CTA (will be provided by CTA upon receipt of down payment)
For those registering under their own IRP Account:
Three proofs of address with matching addresses (click here for a list or approved documents)
If you are using CTA Registration Assistance Service, you will also need to:
Get a notarized Power of Attorney for CTA to process IRP Registration
Make a payment to CTA (invoice and receipt will be provided, any outstanding balance will be settled on the first week of truck operations).