Your Ultimate Guide To Getting Started With IFTA


If you’re new to the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA), you’re in the right place!

Here at ExpressIFTA, we want to make IFTA reporting as simple as possible for every trucker. 

That’s why we have a simplified report generating process that makes it easy for you to file with your IFTA jurisdiction. Here’s everything you need to know to get start with IFTA reporting and stay compliant!

Why do I need an IFTA license?

  • IFTA gives commercial motor vehicles the ability to travel in all IFTA jurisdictions with a single fuel tax license.
  • Your quarterly IFTA returns show your mileage and fuel purchases in each IFTA member jurisdiction.

What do I need to accurately finish IFTA reporting?

In order to accurately report for IFTA, you will need:

  • The total miles in all jurisdictions/states, regardless of whether they participate in IFTA (including all trip permit miles)
  • The total amount of fuel consumed by each qualifying motor vehicle in each jurisdiction
  • The total miles and total taxable miles traveled in each member jurisdiction
  • The total taxable gallons consumed in each member jurisdiction
  • The tax-paid gallons/liters that are purchased in each member jurisdiction
  • The current tax rates for each member jurisdiction.

While the fuel and mileage information is up to you, our reporting software knows all the current tax rates for each member jurisdiction!

What vehicles are taxable under IFTA?

A qualified motor vehicle is one that is designed, used, or maintained for the transportation of persons or property that have:

  • Two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms; or
  • Having three or more axles regardless of weight; or used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds, or 11,797 kilograms gross vehicle or registered gross vehicle weight.

Recreational vehicles are included in the IFTA tax unless they are used in conjunction with any business endeavor. 

What if I don’t drive any miles?

Every IFTA member jurisdiction also requires that you file a “zero” report even if no fuel was purchased and no IFTA mileage was traveled that quarter.

How to obtain an IFTA license in every jurisdiction

Every jurisdiction has different rules about obtaining IFTA licenses, how much they cost, and if you need any extra, state-mandated fuel tax licenses.

Alabama

Use the MV:IFTA-1 to apply for an IFTA license in Alabama. The MV:IFTA-1 can be found here: www.revenue.alabama.gov/motorvehicle.

There is a $17 fee for each set of IFTA decals. Every qualified vehicle requires its own separate IFTA decal.

No other fuel tax registration is required.

More information here.

Arizona

Complete the IFTA/IRP application and send it to the licensing office of Arizona.

There is a $10 fee for your initial IFTA application and a $10 annual fee for renewals.

Arizona allows you to simply obtain a fuel tax permit from each member jurisdiction (state) that you travel to and from, instead of IFTA registration. This can be a good option if you only jump state lines on occasion. 

More information here.

Arkansas

Complete the Arkansas IFTA application and mail it to the Motor Fuel Tax office of Arkansas.

There are no fees for obtaining or renewing IFTA registration.

More information here.

California

Request Form 400-IF by contacting the Motor Carrier Section of California. They will send you an application. 

California has a $10 annual fee and an additional $2.00 fee for each extra set of decals. You need one set of decals per vehicle.

California allows you to simply obtain a fuel tax permit from each member jurisdiction (state) that you travel to and from, instead of IFTA registration. However, you will be required to purchase a California Fuel Trip Permit every time you reenter California after traveling outside the state. 

More information here.

Colorado

Submit an application for an IFTA license using the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Application (DR 7119).

There are no fees for obtaining or renewing IFTA registration.

More information here.

Connecticut

Complete the form CT-IFTA-2, Application For International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) License Connecticut Carrier, and send the form to the Department of Revenue Services.

There is a $10 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per qualified motor vehicle.

More information here.

Delaware

The Delaware License Application for International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA), can be generated on ExpressIFTA or obtained from the Delaware Motor Carrier Service Section / IFTA Unit.

There is a $5 fee for each set of decals purchased. Decals are required for all qualified motor vehicles.

More information here.

Florida

Complete an application for International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Credentials (HSMV 85008) and submit it to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 

There is a $4 fee for annual renewals.

More information here.

Georgia

Visit Georgia’s electronic filing site, apply by mail, fax in the application, or file in person.

IFTA decals are $3.00 per set. One set is required per qualified vehicle.

More information here.

Idaho

Complete a Form IMC-2 application and pay your licensing fees either online, by mail, or in person. 

There is a $10 new application fee and each set of decals costs $0.60. One set of decals is required for each qualified motor vehicle. There is $5 for annual renewal as well as a $0.60 price for each set of decals.

More information here.

Illinois

File the Illinois IFTA application Form MFUT-12, Application for Motor Fuel Use Tax IFTA License and Decals.

There is a $3.75 for each set of IFTA decals. One set of IFTA decals is required per vehicle.

More information here.

Indiana

Submit a Form IFTA-1A application and pay an application fee of $25. There is also a $25 annual renewal fee as well.

More information here.

Iowa

Complete an IFTA application form and submit it to the Office of Motor Carrier Services.

There is a $10 fee for the IFTA license and $0.50 for each set of IFTA decals. One set of IFTA decals is required per vehicle.

More information here.

Kansas

Complete the Kansas Application for International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and submit it to the Kansas Department of Revenue.

There is a $10 for your first qualified motor vehicle and a $1.00 fee per vehicle.

More information here.

Kentucky

Complete International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) application for Kentucky carriers and submit it to the Division of Motor Carriers.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

Louisiana

The application form for Louisiana IFTA can be found at www.expresslane.org

There is a one-time $35 application fee and a $2 charge per set of decals. One set of decals is required for each vehicle.

More information here.

Maine

Complete an IFTA application available here and it to the Motor Carrier Services Fuel Unit.

There is a $5 fee for each set of IFTA decals. You must have one set of decals per vehicle.

More information here.

Maryland

Apply for your Maryland IFTA License online or download and complete the License Application Form for the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and submit it to the Comptroller of Maryland.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

Massachusetts

File license application Form IFTA-1.There is an $8 fee for each set of decals. 

One set of decals is required per vehicle.

More information here.

Michigan

Apply for your IFTA license and decals online with the state of Michigan.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

Minnesota

Complete and submit the IFTA license application to:

Minnesota Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division

445 Minnesota Street

Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-5188

There is a $28 annual filing and licensing fee and another $2.50 fee for each set of IFTA decals. One set of decals is required per vehicle.

More information here.

Mississippi

Complete the Mississippi IFTA application form found at: www.dor.ms.gov.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

Missouri

Complete the Missouri IFTA Application online, print sign and mail it to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

Montana

Complete the Montana IFTA application form and submit it to the Motor Carrier Services.

Montana charges a $2 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per qualified vehicle.

More information here.

Nebraska

Complete the Nebraska Combined IRP/IFTA Application.

There is a $10 fee for decals on your first vehicle and a $fee 1 for decals for your additional vehicles.

More information here.

Nevada

The Nevada IFTA application form can be downloaded from http://www.dmvnv.com/mcforms.htm

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

New Hampshire

Complete the IFTA and submit it to the NH-Dept of Safety-Road Toll Bureau.

There is a $10 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

New Jersey

Submit a printed application to the 

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission Motor Carrier Services IFTA Section

PO 133, 225 E. State Street,

Trenton, NJ 08666-0133

There is a $10 fee for each set of IFTA decals. You will need one set of IFTA decals per vehicle.

More information here.

New Mexico

Complete the IFTA application form and submit it as directed.

There is a $3.50 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

New York

Submit a completed Form IFTA-1, New York State International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) License Application to:

NYS Tax Department

HUT/IFTA Application Deposit Unit

W A Harriman Campus

Albany, NY 12227-0163

There is a $3.50 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

North Carolina

Complete IFTA application form and submit it as directed.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

North Dakota

Complete the International Fuel Tax License Application and Reinstatement form and submit it to the North Dakota Department of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Division.

There is a $20 application fee plus a $5 cab card fee.It is $1 for your first set of decals. Additional decals are $3 per set. Renewals are $5 for cab cards and $1 per set of decals. Additional decals are $3 per set. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

Ohio

Complete the Application for International Fuel Tax Agreement (OHIF-1) License and fax to (614) 728-8085.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

Oklahoma

Complete the IFTA License Application.

There is a $2 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

Oregon

Complete the Oregon Application for IRP and/or IFTA – Schedule A (Form 735-9908).

Fees depend on the number of vehicles and starts at $280 for 1 vehicle. This is an annual fee.

More information here.

Pennsylvania

Complete an application form at www.dmv.pa.gov.

There is a $5 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

Pennsylvania allows you to simply obtain a fuel tax permit from each member jurisdiction (state) that you travel to and from, instead of IFTA registration.

More information here.

Rhode Island

Complete and submit an application, along with the applicable fees, to the Rhode Island Division of Taxation.

There is a $10 application fee and charges $10 per set of decals.

Rhode Island allows you to simply obtain a fuel tax permit from each member jurisdiction (state) that you travel to and from, instead of IFTA registration.

More information here.

South Carolina

Completed applications must be submitted to the Motor Carrier Services Section or the appropriate Division of Motor Vehicle Offices of South Carolina.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

South Dakota

Complete the application available here and mail it to:

South Dakota Department of Revenue

Motor Vehicles Division – IFTA Section

445 East Capitol Avenue Pierre, SD 57501-3785

There is a $10 application fee and a charge of $2.50 per set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

Tennessee

Complete the Tennessee IFTA Application online.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

Texas

Complete the Texas Application and submit it to the Comptroller of Public Accounts.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

Utah

Send a completed application to the Utah State Tax Commission.

There is a $4 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

Vermont

Complete the application form (TA-VP-211) for IFTA License available at www.dmv.state.vt.us.

There are no fees for IFTA licenses.

More information here.

Virginia

Submit the IFTA Licensing Application to the state of Virginia. Go to www.dmvNOW.com.

There is a $10 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

Washington

Complete the IFTA application form MV:IFTA-1 and submit it online. 

There is a $10 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

West Virginia

Complete the West Virginia IFTA License Application and submit it to the Division of Motor Vehicles.

There is a $5 fee for each set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

Wisconsin

Complete the application on the Wisconsin DMV website.

There is a $15 application fee, a $3 license fee and a $2 fee per set of decals.

More information here.

Wyoming

Complete the application form (FUEL-003) for IFTA online at the official Wyoming DOT website.

There is a $10 license fee plus $3 per set of decals. You will need one set per vehicle.

More information here.

How to generate your IFTA report every quarter

ExpressIFTA takes the guesswork out of IFTA reporting!

Simple enter your mileage and fuel amounts into our online software and we’ll take care of the rest! Your tax amount will be calculated accurately for you.

Then, file your report with your base jurisdiction and you’re done!

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