Nearly all states, including Pennsylvania, have entered into the International Registration Plan, which streamlines registrations of trucks operating in more than one state so that a truck owner is able to obtain one registration honored in all states. The IRP does not require, however, that a state recognize another state’s restricted use plate.

According to PennDOT, the following states will honor Pennsylvania’s farm vehicle registration plate:

Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, and Wyoming will not honor Pennsylvania’s farm vehicle registration plate. Minnesota, Nevada, and New Hampshire will not honor PA’s farm registration plate if the vehicle has an actual or registered gross weight of more than 26,000 lbs.; for vehicles with an actual and registered gross weight of less than 26,000 lbs., these states will only honor Pennsylvania’s farm vehicle registration if the vehicle is performing interstate movement.

Virginia will not honor PA’s farm vehicle registration if the vehicle is beyond a distance of thirty miles in the state. In order to operate a Pennsylvania farm vehicle in any of these states, the vehicle owner will be required to obtain a Pennsylvania apportioned registration or obtain from the individual state a temporary permit.

Registration-Exempt Trucks

While IRP streamlines the registration of trucks operating in more than one state, it is recommended that registration-exempt trucks not be operated out of state due to a regulatory gray area.

Additional Information

You may also be interested in information about the IFTA and federal driver regulations:

International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA)

Pennsylvania joined the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA), effective Jan. 1, 1996. This agreement provides for base state reporting of fuel taxes for operators of qualified motor vehicles, most commonly truckers, used in interstate operations. For more information, click here.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations

Operators of farm vehicles should also be aware of driver requirements and exemptions that may apply. To learn more about the driver requirements that may apply, please read Understanding Regulatory Requirements for Drivers of Pennsylvania Registered and Registration-Exempt Farm Vehicles.

US DOT Numbers
If you use your farm-registered truck outside of Pennsylvania and the actual weight or weight rating (or if towing, the combination) is greater than 10,000 lbs, you will be required to display on the vehicle the name of business, the place where the business is located, and the USDOT number that has been assigned to the business. THERE ARE NO EXEMPTIONS. For additional information about US DOT Numbers, click here.