DMV Consolidates All International Registration Plan Processing to Headquarters

California Department of Motor Vehicles
Media Relations Office
2415 First Avenue, MS F-122
Sacramento, CA 95818
Contact: DMV Public Affairs

May 20, 2010

Sacramento –Starting July 1, 2010, Calif. Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) field offices will no longer process any International Registration Plan (IRP) applications. All work will be handled by mail at the DMV headquarters in Sacramento by the IRP Operations Section.

“We want to assure all motor carriers that if they submit their paperwork in a timely manner, we will process their applications in ten working days” said DMV Director George Valverde.

Valverde said that all IRP applications currently initiated in DMV field offices must also be verified in Sacramento before the carrier can receive the necessary indicia.  Therefore, consolidating the procedure at DMV headquarters would actually speed the process as well as ease congestion at local field offices.

The change is also necessary to comply with federal safety standards that mandate all California motor carries be completely registered with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and have acceptable safety records before they receive transport credentials.

DMV sends out annual IRP renewal notices at least 60 days in advance. The department encourages carriers to secure operating credentials well in advance of their annual expirations, or if they need to file notification of additional interstate operations.

The department also encourages carriers provide DMV with email addresses to allow for faster communication regarding missing documents, underpaid fee amounts or electronic transmittals of cab card credentials. But while email can also provide for processing paperwork in an expedited manner for carriers with immediate needs, initial applications and renewals are handled by mail because it is currently the least expensive and most efficient process for DMV. All IRP applications and credentials must be personally checked by a technician.

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DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the direction of Secretary Dale E. Bonner. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools.  


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