OPPAGA text logo with graphic of FL historic capitol
OPPAGA text logo with graphic of FL historic capitol

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services

What is the purpose of the program?

The Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services Program registers and audits commercial motor carriers (trucking companies) based in Florida to ensure they pay their proper share of road use and fuel taxes apportioned in Florida and other states.

What services does the program provide?

The Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services Program registers and audits Florida-based commercial motor carriers under the International Registration Plan (IRP) and the International Fuel Use Tax Agreement (IFTA). The State of Florida is required by Title 49, U.S. Code, Subtitle VI, Part B, Ch. 317, to maintain its commercial motor vehicle registration and fuel use tax reporting laws and programs in conformance with the IRP and IFTA.
The IRP is an interstate agreement among various states and Canadian provinces that allows a carrier to register a vehicle one time in a single jurisdiction and satisfy the registration requirements for all other participating jurisdictions.  Once registered, the carrier is allowed to perform intrastate and interstate operations.
The IFTA is an interstate agreement among various states and Canadian provinces that allows a carrier to obtain a fuel tax license in one state and report all operations for fuel tax purposes to that one state. Registration fees and fuel taxes owed to other jurisdictions are then distributed accordingly. This program monitors commercial driver license third party testing partners and provides contract management and regulatory oversight for entities conducting commercial driver's license tests.

How well does the program perform?

Under the International Registration Plan and International Fuel Tax Agreement, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is required to meet certain audit standards or be subject to termination provisions. In 2019, the Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services Program met the 3% standard for the number of audits completed for the International Registration Plan Agreement, having finalized fleet audits for 3.16% of renewed trucking fleets. The program also met the number of audits required by the International Fuel Tax Agreement. Each state is required to audit, on average, 3% of all existing licenses each year, excluding new licenses. Florida audited 3.02% of licenses in 2019.

How are these activities funded?

The Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services Program is funded as part of the Motorist Services budget entity.
Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Dollars Positions
PROGRAM: MOTORIST SERVICES
MOTORIST SERVICES
122,435,818
1,430.00
TOTAL
122,435,818
1,430.00

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

What are the applicable statutes?

Sections 207.0281 and 320.0715, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Jay Levenstein, Chief of Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services, 850-617-2600

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