Registering for a Texas IFTA license

Everything you need to know from application to renewal of a Texas IFTA license.


If you are a trucking company operating out of Texas, USA you may need to register for an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) license in the province.

Do you have to register for IFTA in Texas?

Table of Contents

  1. Are you obligated to get an Texas IFTA license?
  2. How to register for an Texas  IFTA license
  3. Cost of an Texas IFTA license
  4. How to file your IFTA return in Texas
  5. When and how to renew your Texas IFTA license
  6. Penalties you must watch out for
  7. Exemptions
  8. How to calculate your IFTA fuel tax

Even if your operations span across multiple other states or even up to Canada, as long as your carrier/business is based in Texas, you must register under the procedures for Texas.

Not based in Texas? Click here to find the IFTA registration guide for your province/state.

If you were wondering whether or not you’re exempt, know that you must register and file for IFTA if you have:

  • Any vehicle with two axles and a gross vehicle weight of over 11,797 kilograms or 26,000 pounds
  • A vehicle of any weight but with three or more axles
  • A vehicle that exceeds 11,797 kilograms or 26,000 pounds

Now, let’s get into the steps you need to take in order to register for IFTA in Texas.

How to register for an IFTA license in Texas

  1. You have to complete the Texas Application and submit it to the Comptroller of Public Accounts or it can be faxed to expedite the process.

Cost of the Texas IFTA license

Luckily, there is no fee for the Texas IFTA license and decals!

How to file your quarterly IFTA return

IFTA fuel tax reports can be filed electronically using Webfile.

 or EDI software, or on paper using Form 56-101, International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Fuel Tax Report (PDF), and Form 56-102, IFTA Fuel Tax Report Supplement (PDF).

Renewing your IFTA license in Texas

Your IFTA Texas license is valid for one year and expires on December 31st.  Make sure you are compliant with the IFTA taxes as mentioned above and submit your IFTA sticker renewal application before November 30th.  You may file for an extension if needed. However, it will not apply if you haven’t submitted the IFTA renewal application on time.

Watch out for these penalties

A penalty of $50 or 10 percent of delinquent taxes, whichever is greater, is imposed for the failure to file a report, for filing a late report, or for underpayment of taxes due.

IFTA Exemptions

The state of Texas does not include recreational vehicles in the IFTA tax unless they are used in conjunction with any business endeavor. Recreational vehicles include motor homes, pickup trucks with attached campers and buses when used exclusively for personal pleasure by an individual.

Need to calculate your IFTA fuel tax and mileage?

Read our in depth guide below.