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IFTA/IRP electronic credentials begin January 1

But motor carriers not required to use digital documentation

Posted December 13, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, drivers of commercial motor vehicles will be allowed to carry their International Registration Plan (IRP) cab cards and International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) licenses in electronic format.

Though electronic credentialing will be accepted as of January 1, motor carriers are not required to transition their fleets to electronic images. Digital is merely an option for companies as an alternative to carrying additional papers in the cab.

If carriers do go electronic, IFTA/IRP documentation must be accessible by tablet or smart phone. Officials recommend saving the credentials in a PDF format instead of a link in case internet access is limited or unavailable.

Though digital will become an accepted form of documentation and is expected to be a significant step toward a fully electronic system, drivers are encouraged to carry along paper documentation as backup for at least a year until drivers and enforcement officials get comfortable with the process.

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