Motor carrier electronic credentials and past pilot program

Please note: Beginning January 1, 2019, you will be allowed to carry your IRP cab card and IFTA license in an electronic image and paper IRP cab cards and IFTA licenses will no longer be required. The electronic image of the IRP cab card and IFTA license is not mandatory. This is just another option to carry your credentials. All US States and Canadian Provinces will be required to accept electronic images of IRP cab cards and IFTA licenses. For the first year, it is advised that you continue to carry paper credentials. This will provide time for all involved to work out the details of this new program.

When stopped by law enforcement, credentials may be shown as an electronic image on a computer, tablet, or smart phone or as a paper copy. Please understand that by choosing to provide credentials by electronic device, an officer or official may need to temporarily take possession of the device to verify the validity of the credential.
Regardless of the format, the document must be accurate, accessible and readable by law enforcement.

We strongly suggest that the document be stored as a PDF on an electronic device in each vehicle, to ensure access to documentation while in areas of no service or WiFi. If you are unable to provide proof of credentials, you may be ticketed and required to present proof of registration to a court of law.

Be advised that trip permits such as 72-hour trip permits and unladen/hunters permits are not accepted in electronic format and must be presented in paper form. Make sure you print and carry the final paper permit if using one of these.

Please feel free to contact the Motor Carrier Registration Unit at (608) 266-9900 with any questions you may have.

The pilot program detailed below is no longer applicable due to the implementation of electronic credentials.

Help eliminate paper in the cab

Join us and be a leader to advance and improve the motor carrier profession. We are seeking participants for an electronic credential pilot program that will run April 1, 2016, through September 30, 2017.

The goal of this pilot program is to develop a system or process to promote the acceptance and use of electronic motor carrier credentials, instead of paper, roadside. Ultimately, this will save time for carriers, drivers, and law enforcement as well as keep in-cab credentials up-to-date.

It's easy to participate

A driver can simply offer electronic documents to law enforcement on a laptop, tablet or smart phone.  No enrollment is necessary. See the three-minute video, the Roadside Handbook, the Roadside Brochure and the Samples for details.

Participating jurisdictions

  • Wisconsin (project lead)
  • Alabama
  • Illinois (some agencies)
  • Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Virginia
  • Other states pending

"Model" statute language

States and provinces may wish to enact statutory language to assist in implementing the acceptance of motor carrier credentials in electronic format.  The document below provides ideas for such statutory language.  This document was developed from language already in place in some jurisdictions, for example, for accepting insurance cards showing evidence of insurance for personal vehicles.

More information

  • View webinar from February 16, 2016.
  • View webinar from June 20, 2016.
  • View USDOT Special Permit SP 15747 dated July 29, 2015, for additional information. This special permit authorizes the transportation in commerce of certain hazardous materials using electronic records including transmission via email, fax, or telephone in lieu of physical shipping papers.
  • Additional question on this pilot please contact Christopher Yeh from Aim Transfer and Storage Inc. at​ (414) 762-7769 x223 or Motor Carrier Services at (608) 266-9900.

If interested in receiving updates, including an after project survey, please email irp-ifta@dot.wi.gov.

Questions about the content of this page contact:

Motor Carrier Services
Email irp-ifta@dot.wi.gov
Phone (608) 266-9900