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INSURANCE REQUIREMENT FOR BUSES less than 16 passengers is $1.5 million and 16 or more passengers is $5 million.

For Your Information…

    • Private carriers transport goods they own.

    • For-hire carriers transport goods owned by someone else.

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Heavy vehicle use tax is a tax paid to the Internal Revenue Service for highway commercial motor vehicles having a gross or combined gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 55,000 pounds or more. A carrier may not register a vehicle for a GVW that is greater than the GVW on the Form 2290. For a vehicle to operate in the state of Florida, the registrant must provide proof of payment of this tax. For additional information, please call IRS at 1-800-829-1040.

Proof of current payment of federal heavy vehicle use tax may be one of the following:

  • Copy of Federal Form 2290, Schedule 1, (with receipt stamp)

  • Copy of Federal Form 2290, Schedule 1, (without receipt stamp) submitted with a copy of the front and back of the cancelled check, indicating current payment has been made for heavy vehicle use tax.

  • The electronically filed form 2290, Schedule 1, showing the watermark receipt.

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax and Newly Purchased Vehicles You may register a newly purchased vehicle without proof of payment of heavy vehicle use tax, if a copy of the bill of sale is submitted showing that you purchased the vehicle during the preceding sixty (60) days.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE… Carriers with 25 or more vehicles for a taxable period must file the 2290 electronically. If you have 25 or more vehicles, you can obtain information on how to file electronically at http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Trucking-Tax-Center

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The International Registration Plan requires that motor carriers based in a particular state or jurisdiction must have an “established place of business” in that jurisdiction. An established place of business is a physical structure owned, leased, or rented by the registrant, which is open during normal business hours and has located within it:

  • A person conducting the registrant’s business, and

  • The operational records of the fleet.

An applicant must either have an established place of business or be able to demonstrate residence in Florida, in order to claim Florida as their base state for IRP. To establish residence you must provide at least three (3) items from the list below:

  • Current copy of a Florida driver’s license in your name.

  • Copy of a document indicating your company is a Florida corporation or is registered to conduct business as a foreign corporation in Florida.

  • Copy of document indicating you are a resident of Florida and the principal owner of a Florida corporation.

  • Current copy of a Federal income tax return, in your name, indicating the return was filed from your Florida address.

  • Current copy of a tax bill indicating real estate or personal property taxes have been paid in your name for your Florida address.

  • Current copy of a utility bill paid in your name for your Florida address.

  • Copy of a vehicle title or registration for a vehicle titled in Florida in your name.

All records provided must be in the name of the registrant and document the current physical business address. 11

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