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What Is An IFTA Sticker?

You got your IFTA license, now what? In addition to your IFTA license, you will be provided a set of calendar year decals. These decals will be for all the qualified vehicles in your fleet. It is important to make sure there is a copy of this license in each of the vehicles in your ownership that qualify.

Where Do I Place My IFTA Sticker?

You must attach one sticker to each side of the vehicle’s rear, in the lower corner. For buses, please place one sticker on each side, no further back than the back of the driver’s seat, at eye level from the ground. If you do not display the identification stickers in the mandatory placement sites, you may account for a fine or penalty if you do not carry a copy of your valid IFTA license. In addition, you also may face a charge that includes the seizing and selling of your vehicle.

Most Ifta stickers for the same year are identical. Therefore, you may place any set of decals you are issued on any qualified vehicle in your fleet.

What is the Expiration Date and Renewal Period for a IFTA Sticker?

IFTA Stickers expire on December 31st of each year. You have until March 1 of each year before you must carry a current IFTA license. You must also display the current year’s stickers on each of your vehicles. This is if you have applied on time to renew your IFTA license and your account is in good standing . During January and February of each year, a valid IFTA license and decals from the previous year will be honored by IFTA member jurisdictions in lieu of valid, current-year IFTA credentials.

How Much Does An IFTA Sticker Cost?

The annual fee for a California IFTA license is $10.00. This license covers all of your qualified motor vehicles. In addition, there is a $2.00 per-set charge for annual IFTA decals. You will need one set for each qualified motor vehicle you operate in IFTA jurisdictions.

Register for IFTA

IFTA (short for the International Fuel Tax Agreement) is an agreement among US states and Canadian provinces. IFTA is designed to make fuel tax licensing and reporting requirements for interstate motor carriers easier. Furthermore, if you operate in two or more member provinces or states, you can register for IFTA and take advantage of everything it has to offer. Under IFTA, you will register with one state or province as your base jurisdiction and get a single fuel tax license for all of your vehicles that will be authorized to travel in all IFTA jurisdictions. In addition, you will only need to file one tax return each quarter with your home jurisdiction that will also audit your fuel tax records.

Under IFTA, you can travel in 48 US states and 10 Canadian provinces. They do not include Hawaii, Alaska and D.C. in the US and Nunavut, Northwest Territories and Yukon Territory in Canada.

Do I need to register for IFTA?

It is not mandatory to register for IFTA but it is much more convenient to do so if you qualify. This way, you will avoid having to obtain a fuel permit from each member province or state every time you travel through them. To qualify, you must also have a vehicle that transports people or property for compensation and:

– has three or more axles


– has two axles and a registered gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more


– used in a combination that has a registered gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more.

Motor vehicles operated only for personal use are not qualified for IFTA registration.

When Do I File For My Quarterly IFTA Tax Return? 

When sending in your IFTA tax return, it must have a postmark before or on the due date. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the next business day is the final filing date. If you do not file your return by the date it is due, you may be subject to penalty and interest charges. It is also mandatory to file your quarterly tax return on time even if you do not receive one in the mail. If you do not receive your return at least 14 days before the due date, call for a replacement.

Important Note: It is mandatory to file an IFTA tax return even if you do not travel during a given quarter.

Tax Return Reporting QuartersDue Dates
January thru MarchApril 30
April thru JuneJuly 31
July thru SeptemberOctober 31
October thru DecemberJanuary 31

What Is The Penalty If I Do Not File? 

If you do not file a quarterly tax return, file your return by the due date, or pay the tax you owe, you may be subject to penalty and interest charges. The penalty is $50, or ten percent of the total net tax due with your return, whichever is more.

Effective DateDiesel Fuel TaxComponent BRate Per Gallon
July 1, 2017$.16$.210$.370
July 1, 2016$.16$.240$.400
July 1, 2015$.13$.320$.450
July 1, 2014$.11$.337$.447
July 1, 2013$.10$.353$.453
January 1, 2013$.10$.345$.445
July 1, 2012$.10$.305$.405
January 1, 2012$.13$.305$.435
January 1, 2011$.13$.217$.347
July 1, 2011$.13$.217.397
January 1, 2010$.18$.193$.373
January 1, 2009$.18$.257$.437
January 1, 2008$.18$.186$.366
January 1, 2007$.18$.187$.367
January 1, 2006$.18$.150$.330
January 1, 2005$.18$.115$.295
January 1, 2004$.18$.098$.278
January 1, 2003$.18$.083$.263
January 1, 2002$.18$.102$.282
January 1, 2001$.18$.091$.271
January 1, 2000$.18$.070$.250
January 1, 1999$.18$.071$.251
January 1, 1998$.18$.083$.236
January 1, 1995$.18$.0$.180

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