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RegSenseezExplanationTemporary trip permitsBest ResultsFocus AreaFleet OperationsEnglishTransportationRegistration and Permits - Motor CarrierUSA
Charter bus trip permit requirements by state
Starting January 1, 2016, chartered buses meeting the definition of an apportionable vehicle became subject to the International Registration Plan (IRP). Prior to IRP’s implementation of the Full Reciprocity Plan, charter buses had been exempt from IRP.
Operators of charter buses must be knowledgeable of their state's trip permit requirements.
- 392.2 Applicable operating rules
Summary of requirements
Chartered buses meeting the definition of an apportionable vehicle became subject to the International Registration Plan (IRP).
In most states, if the charter bus meets the definition of an IFTA qualified vehicle, fuel permits are required (fuel permits are not required in Indiana, Kentucky, or Oregon).
The following table provides the state-by-state trip permit requirements for charter buses:
|Alabama||Not required if displaying commercial plate from base jurisdiction|
|Alaska|| Commercial buses require temporary permits|
$350 for a commercial bus
|Arizona||Trip permit Required if not plated or apportioned for AZ|
Fee ranges from $2 to $63 based upon miles traveled and number of axles
|California|| Trip permit is required if not plated or apportioned for CA|
|Colorado|| Not required|
Buses with a seating capacity of more than 14 passengers are subject to passenger mile tax; two trips or less each month allowed to pay per trip; fee is the greater of $25 or $0.001 multiplied by number of passengers multiplied by number of Colorado miles
|Connecticut||Not required if bus used exclusively for charter transportation|
|DC||Trip permit required if not plated or apportioned for DC|
|Florida||Not required (but suggested)|
|Illinois||Not required (but suggested)|
|Indiana|| Required if continuously picking up/delivering within Indiana; otherwise not required|
|Kansas|| Required if not plated or apportioned for KS|
|Kentucky||Not required if vehicle displays bus plates|
|Louisiana|| Required if not plated for LA or apportioned for LA|
|Maine||Not required if bus used exclusively for charter transportation|
|Massachusetts||Not required if displaying a bus plate; required if displaying a commercial plate|
|Missouri|| Not required if operating interstate; required if operating intrastate in Missouri and not plated or apportioned for Missouri|
|Montana|| Required if not plated or apportioned for MT|
Fee based upon weight and miles traveled
|Nebraska|| Required if not plated or apportioned for NE|
$25 plus 10% issuance fee
|Nevada|| Permit required if over 10,000 lb and not plated or apportioned for NV|
$5 plus $0.15/mile
|New Hampshire|| Permit required|
|New Jersey|| Not required for charter bus unless on multiple contracts on one trip|
|New Mexico|| Required if not plated or apportioned for NM|
Fee based on mileage and vehicle weight:
|New York|| Not required|
Omnibuses are exempt from NY highway use tax (a vehicle engaged in the transportation of passengers for hire that is subject to the jurisdiction of the U. S. DOT, the New York State DOT, or any state regulatory agency concerned with the regulation of passenger transport having a seating capacity of more than seven persons in addition to the driver)
|North Carolina||Not required|
|North Dakota||Not required|
|Oregon|| Required if not plated or apportioned for OR|
Mileage permit is required for all fuels, vehicles over 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight if no weight-distance credential
10-day or single trip permit, $9 plus mileage tax computed from Oregon Weight-Mile Tax Tables
|Rhode Island||Not required|
|South Carolina||Not required|
|South Dakota||Not required; copy of charter must be carried in vehicle|
|Vermont|| Required if not plated or apportioned for VT|
$15 plus $5 administrative fee
|Virginia||Required if over 26,000 pounds or 3 or more axles|
$35 combo IRP & IFTA; IRP only, $15
|Washington|| Required if not plated or apportioned for WA|
|West Virginia||Not required|
|Wyoming|| Required if not plated or apportioned for WY|
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