South Carolina IRP & IFTA (SC Trip & Fuel)

State Pricing for Trip and Fuel Permits

South Carolina 72-Hour Trip Permit - $58.00 Interstate

Required for carriers based elsewhere that do not have South Carolina on their IRP cab card. Must have prior to entry into South Carolina. Valid in South Carolina only.

South Carolina 10-Day Fuel Permit - $58.00 Interstate

Carriers that do not have an IFTA license must have a fuel permit for each state when operating interstate. Drivers must have this permit prior to entry into South Carolina. Valid in South Carolina only.

Expiration Time - Fuel permits are valid for 10 days from the date of issue, and must be carried in the vehicle at all times while you're in South Carolina.

Permits are necessary for carriers based in another jurisdiction when traveling into South Carolina who are not properly registered for South Carolina. This permit allows interstate and intrastate movements. Seventy two hour permits are vehicle specific. The permit cost is determined by permit type(s) selected. The state of South Carolina does not provide refunds. Coast2Coast does not provide refunds.

IFTA General Information

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is a base state fuel tax agreement.   Any person based in a member jurisdiction operating a qualified motor vehicle(s) in two or more member jurisdictions is required to license under this agreement or purchase fuel trip permits for travel in member jurisdictions.

Qualified Motor Vehicle - a motor vehicle used, designed or maintained for the transportation of persons or property and:

  1. Having two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms;  or

  2. Having three or more axles regardless of weight; or

  3. Used in combination when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,797 kilograms gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight. Qualified vehicles do not include recreational vehicles.

Farm vehicles, special mobile equipment and buses are subject to IFTA Licensing requirements if they meet the gross vehicle weight or axle criteria and cross state lines.

Any motor carrier whose base jurisdiction is South Carolina and operates one or more qualified motor vehicles in at least one other IFTA member jurisdiction must apply for South Carolina IFTA credentials or fuel trip permits must be obtained to travel through member jurisdictions according to the regulations of each member jurisdiction.

If a qualified motor vehicle does not participate in IFTA, then a 10-day temporary (fuel) trip permit must be purchased to travel in the state of SC.

Cost of permit and processing fee: $58.00

International Registration Plan

Full Reciprocity
Upcoming simplification to IRP!
Beginning in 2015, cab-cards will show all jurisdictions! No more "add state or province". No more "over 100 percent fees" for added jurisdictions. If you have IRP, no more trip permits. This is true IRP-wide. All states and provinces will be implementing this. This has been referred to as Full Reciprocity or the Full Reciprocity Plan, and was adopted by IRP by ballot in October 2013.

How it Will Work:
The effective date for your fleet depends on your fleet’s IRP expiration date.

IRP General Information
The purpose of the International Registration Plan (IRP) is to promote and encourage the fullest possible use of the highway system by authorizing the proportional registration of fleets of vehicles and the recognition of vehicles proportionally registered in other jurisdictions, thus contributing to the economic and social development and growth of all jurisdictions.

n accordance with the plan, an interstate carrier is only required to submit an application with the jurisdiction in which he is based. The base jurisdiction in turn issues the apportioned license plate and cab card. Inasmuch as the cab card will list all jurisdictions in which the registrant has paid registration fees, it is the only vehicle registration required to operate interstate or intrastate in IRP jurisdictions. However, all other requirements pertaining to fuel or any other tax must be in compliance prior to entry into each state.

Apportioned vehicles are defined as any vehicle used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property and:

  1. Is a power unit having 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 pounds or 11,793.401 kilograms; or
  2. Is a power unit having three or more axles regardless of weight; or
  3. Is used in combination, when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,793.401 kilograms.

Vehicles, or combinations thereof, having a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or less and two-axle vehicles may be proportionally registered at the option of the registrant.

If a qualified motor vehicle does not have a full reciprocity IRP registration (CAB card), then a 3-day temporary 3-day temporary trip permit must be purchased to travel in the state of SC.

Cost of permit and processing fee: $58.00


Penalties can range from $100 to $500. Are you planning to do business in, or travel through South Carolina? If you have a vehicle registered outside the state of South Carolina, regulations state that temporary trip (IFTA) and fuel-use permits must be purchased before you enter the state or else you will be subject to seizure of your vehicle. If seizure of your vehicle occurs your vehicle will not be released until all money is paid to the state.

Instant Permits

Instant Permits offers you a safe, secure, and immediate way to obtain your temporary fuel and trip permits. All you need is access to the Internet and you can purchase your temporary permits online. Simply download and print your permit, or we can email or fax it to you. You can also buy trip permits online using the same quick and easy method.


Instant Permits provides a fast and easy way to obtain your Trip and Fuel permits. Not in your office? No problem, with Instant Permits you can get your permits sent where ever you need. Instant Permits also provides access to all of your past orders for record keeping.

Permit Sample

South Carolina Permit Example

Required Information for Obtaining an Instant Permit

By South Carolina state law, both company and vehicle information are required to obtain an instant trip and/or fuel permit.


  • Company Name

  • Address

  • City

  • State

  • Zip


  • Owner/Lessee

  • VIN

  • Operator/Driver

  • Make

  • Year

  • License #

  • Base State

  • Unit #