WHEN DO I NEED APPORTIONED PLATES (IRP)?
You must have apportioned plates if you operate in two or more jurisdictions and/or if your vehicle(s) meets one or more of the following
- the power unit licensing weight is in excess of 26,000 lbs.;
- the power unit has three or more axles, regardless of licensed weight;
- the power unit is used in combination and the said combination exceeds 26,000 lbs.; or
- the power unit performs intrastate movements in a jurisdiction other than Missouri, regardless of licensed weight.
WHEN DO I NEED TO REGISTER WITH THE MISSOURI SECRETARY OF STATE?
Any person(s) wishing to form or conduct business in Missouri as a corporation (including, among others, for profit, non-profit and professional
corporations), limited liability company, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability limited partnership, or under a fictitious
name must first apply to the Office of the Missouri Secretary of State for authority to do so.
WHY DO I NEED A USDOT NUMBER AND WHEN DO I REGISTER WITH THE FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION?
Missouri is a member of the Performance Registration and Information Systems Management (PRISM) program that is a federal/state partnership
to improve motor carrier safety by making safe performance a requirement for obtaining and keeping commercial vehicle license plates. The
USDOT number is used to identify the motor carrier responsible for safety. Unfit carriers may be denied the ability to register their vehicles.
Under PRISM, the USDOT number of the motor carrier is responsible for the safety of every vehicle registered and must be identified during the
For each power unit, you must report the USDOT number of the motor carrier responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle for the registration
year. The motor carrier responsible for safety is the entity that the FMCSA ultimately holds accountable for things like hours-of-service, compliance,
drug and alcohol testing and vehicle maintenance. In order to accurately identify responsibility for each vehicle, the USDOT number must be
captured at the time of registration.
If you are a registrant leased to a motor carrier, you are required to update your motor carrier responsible for safety when you lease to a new
authority. If you are renting or leasing vehicles in your fleet to an interstate motor carrier you are running under someone else's authority that will
be responsible for the safe operation of the vehicle.
Short Term Lease - the vehicle will be rented or leased for 30 days or less to an interstate motor carrier.
Long Term Lease - the vehicle will be leased for more than 30 days to an interstate motor carrier, enter the USDOT number of the motor carrier
responsible for safety of the vehicle.
The application requests the USDOT number assigned to the power unit and if the safety responsibility of the vehicle will change during the
The FMCSA requires a biennial update of all USDOT numbers. You can verify or apply for a USDOT number at www.safer.fmcsa.dot.gov.
WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE PROOF OF OWNERSHIP?
We will accept a copy of the issued title or a copy of a validated titling receipt (DOR-108) showing the title has been applied for at the motor vehicle
fee office. In no case will we accept a title that has been signed over on the back. When applying for a title under a name other than your individual
name, the application for the title must match the name on file with the Missouri Secretary of State and FMCSA.
WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY HEAVY HIGHWAY VEHICLE USE TAX (IRS-FORM 2290)?
Any time you license a power unit at 55,000 lbs. or higher.
WHEN DO I NEED TO SUPPLY A COPY OF A LEASE AGREEMENT?
Any time the vehicle is involved in a lease you must submit a lease agreement that identifies the unit(s) involved by year, make and vehicle
identification number (VIN), and must include signatures of all parties.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED A "CURRENT YEAR" COUNTY PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RECEIPT OR TAX WAIVER FOR MISSOURI?
A current year tax receipt is one year prior to the current license year (i.e. 2015 license year requires a 2014 personal property tax receipt and/or
tax waiver if application is made before January 1, 2015. After January 1, 2015 you must submit a 2014 receipt.)
WHOSE MISSOURI COUNTY PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX RECEIPT IS REQUIRED?
Generally it will be in the name of the registrant/motor carrier who is applying for the license plates. However, in some cases when the unit is
leased, and the owner is a Missouri resident, the tax receipt will be under the owner's name and a copy of the owner's Missouri county personal
property tax receipt must be submitted.