The International Registration Plan (IRP) is a reciprocity agreement among states of the United States, the District of Columbia and provinces of Canada that recognizes the registration of commercial motor vehicles issued by other jurisdictions. Motor carriers register with and pay fees to their jurisdiction.
The prorate fees are based on the percentage of the total distance travelled in each IRP jurisdiction, according to that jurisdiction’s fee schedule. These fees are then distributed to the appropriate jurisdictions.
Registered motor carriers receive a licence plate and cab cards that allow their fleets to travel through all IRP member jurisdictions.
Alberta Transportation IRP Online System (ATIOS)
On July 29, 2019, the Government of Alberta moved to a new IRP system – the Alberta Transportation IRP Online System, otherwise known as ATIOS.
ATIOS is used to maintain and verify vehicle, fleet and carrier information, as well as receive and track applications from Alberta carriers.
Carriers with an IRP account must manage their fleets by logging in to ATIOS.
If you are a new carrier, see Apply for an IRP account.
ATIOS training resources
To help new and existing carriers navigate the ATIOS system, the following training materials provide step-by-step instructions on how to get set up and make changes:
- Existing user log in (PDF, 545 KB)
- New user log in (PDF, 585 KB)
- Password reset (PDF, 295 KB)
- Renew fleet function (PDF, 2.2 MB)
- ATIOS – Tips and Tricks – How to Navigate and Use the ATIOS Prorate Application (PDF, 1.7 MB)
More information about ATIOS and IRP processes is available in the ATIOS fact sheet (PDF, 512 KB).
Service processing times
- Self-serve documents – The following submissions are automatically invoiced and displayed as a PDF in ATIOS for you to print and take to a Registry Agent office for processing:
- delete vehicle
- replace plate
- document replacement (registration and cab card)
- Regular Supplements – May take up to 7 business days.
- Renewals – Renewals for the current month are prioritized and processed first. For this reason, renewals may take longer than 7 business days. Please submit at least 2 weeks prior to your expiry date to ensure that your renewal is processed in time.
- New Fleets – Applications that are complete, with all required documentation may take up to 14 business days. However, depending on the complexity of a particular fleet, processing may take longer.
Note: Incomplete applications will not be processed. You will be notified by return email that your application has been rejected and will need to be resubmitted with all forms completed and supporting documents included. Your resubmitted application will then go to the back of the service queue. See the list of most common errors (PDF, 563 KB) for more information.
Apply for an IRP account
New prorate carriers
New carriers can apply for an IRP account if they:
- meet the criteria on the Established Place of Business Questionnaire (PDF, 143 KB)
- travel in Alberta and will travel in at least one other IRP member jurisdiction
- New carriers registering a vehicle between 4,501 to 11,793 kilograms must apply for a Safety Fitness Certificate (SFC).
- New prorate carriers with a provincial SFC must apply to Carrier Services to change their operating status to ‘federal’ before they process their prorate fee notice at a Registry Agent.
- Carrier Services can be reached at:
Room 401, 4920 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6K8
Step 1. Review the new client package
Step 2. Complete the application package
Complete all required forms in the new client package and collect supporting documentation.
Step 3. Submit the application package
Submit your completed forms and supporting documentation in one email to email@example.com.
Step 4. Log in to ATIOS
Once your prorate account is approved, you will receive an email with ATIOS log in and password information. In ATIOS you can set up your new fleet.
- More information on how to log in to ATIOS and set up your fleet is included in the training materials at the top of this page.
Electronic cab cards
As of January 1, 2019, commercial carriers are allowed to carry their IRP cab cards and IFTA licences in electronic format (PDF, 20 KB).
- Carriers can still choose to carry this documentation either in electronic or paper format in their vehicles.
- The use of electronic images of IRP cab cards and IFTA licences are accepted by all jurisdictions in the United States and Canada.
- Documentation shown in an electronic image must be accessible by computer, tablet, smart phone or other electronic device.
- If you choose to maintain an electronic format of this documentation, it is recommended that the document be saved as a file, such as PDF, on an electronic device.
To see the allowable registered cab card weight see the Maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Chart (PDF, 177 KB). Please contact each individual jurisdiction directly for any extra requirements. You will find the jurisdiction directory and more weight information in the Alberta Prorate Information Guide.
Connect with Prorate Services:
Hours: 8:15 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
1st Floor, 803 Manning Road NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E 7M8