Chapter 7. Temporary Registration and Trip Permits
Temporary registration permits
Sec. 1. (a) A person may apply for and receive a temporary
registration permit for a motor vehicle, semitrailer, trailer designed
to be used with a semitrailer, or recreational vehicle.
(b) A temporary registration permit is valid for a period of thirty
(30) days from the date of issuance and authorizes the use of the
motor vehicle, semitrailer, trailer designed to be used with a
semitrailer, or recreational vehicle on the highways if any of the
following conditions exist:
(1) The person has purchased or otherwise obtained the vehicle
in Indiana and will be titling or registering the vehicle in
another state or foreign country.
(2) The person is a resident of Indiana and is intending to move
to another state and the current vehicle registration or temporary
permit will expire before the person moves.
(3) The person is a resident of Indiana and the vehicle
registration in another state has expired and the person has
applied for an Indiana title for the vehicle.
(4) The person is a manufacturer of semitrailers or trailers
designed to be used with a semitrailer that may be leased by the
manufacturer to any person, including a motor carrier, for not
more than the term of the special registration permit. This
subdivision does not prohibit the transportation of property on
a semitrailer or trailer operating under a temporary registration
permit. A copy of the lease must accompany the semitrailer or
(5) The person owns and operates the vehicle and the person:
(A) does not operate the vehicle as a lessor; and
(B) moves the empty vehicle from one (1) lessee-carrier to
(6) The person owns a vehicle for which emissions testing is
required and the vehicle will require further mechanical repairs
in order to comply with the emissions testing requirements.
(c) The bureau shall prescribe the form of a temporary registration
(d) A temporary registration permit shall be displayed on a vehicle
in a manner determined by the bureau.
(e) The bureau may provide for the bulk issuance of temporary
registration permits to manufacturers for the purpose of subsection
(f) Subject to IC 9-25-1-2, a temporary registration permit may be
obtained under this section if the owner of the vehicle provides proof
of financial responsibility in the amounts specified under IC 9-25 in
a form required by the bureau.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.6. Amended by P.L.61-1994, SEC.1;
P.L.93-1997, SEC.4; P.L.125-2012, SEC.106.
(Repealed by P.L.125-2012, SEC.107.)
Sec. 2. (a) A trip permit may be issued for:
(1) a vehicle that could be operated in Indiana for a period of
seventy-two (72) hours instead of full registration; and
(2) both interstate and intrastate travel.
(b) A trip permit may not be used to evade full registration.
(c) The department of state revenue or agents for the department
of state revenue may issue trip permits under rules adopted under
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.6. Amended by P.L.93-1997, SEC.6.
International Registration Plan applicants; temporary registration
Sec. 3. (a) A document shall be issued to a person applying for
registration under the International Registration Plan.
(b) The document described under subsection (a) serves as a
temporary registration authorization pending issuance of a permanent
registration plate and cab card.
(c) The document must be carried in the vehicle for which the
document is issued.
(d) The department of state revenue shall issue the temporary
registration authorization under rules adopted by the department of
state revenue under IC 4-22-2.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.6. Amended by P.L.61-1996, SEC.20;
Sec. 4. (a) An Indiana resident who owns a vehicle required to be
registered under this title may, for the purpose of delivering or
having delivered the vehicle to the residence or place of business of
the resident, apply for and obtain a temporary permit that allows the
person or the person's agent or employee to operate the vehicle upon
the highways without obtaining a certificate of title or registration for
the vehicle. The permit is valid for not more than ninety-six (96)
(b) A person must do the following to obtain a permit under this
(1) Pay the required fee with the application.
(2) Provide proof of financial responsibility in the amounts
specified under IC 9-25 in the form required by the bureau.
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.6. Amended by P.L.118-2001, SEC.2.
Sec. 5. A person who violates this chapter commits a Class C
As added by P.L.2-1991, SEC.6.
Sec. 6. (a) When a hunter's permit is applied for under this
section, the department of state revenue shall issue a hunter's permit
to a common carrier (as defined under IC 8-2.1-17-4) that contracts
for common carrier services from an individual who owns and
operates a motor vehicle subject to the International Registration
(b) If a motor vehicle under subsection (a) is registered in the
name of the common carrier that contracts for services from the
person who is the owner and operator of the motor vehicle, when the
person no longer provides services to the common carrier, the
common carrier shall transfer a hunter's permit issued to the common
carrier under subsection (a) to the person upon the person's request.
The common carrier may charge the person receiving the hunter's
permit an amount that does not exceed the amount the common
carrier paid for the hunter's permit under subsection (a).
(c) A hunter's permit transferred to a person under subsection (b)
allows the person to move the motor vehicle under subsection (a)
within Indiana for thirty (30) days to search for a new independent
contract for services with a common carrier without first registering
the motor vehicle.
(d) The department of state revenue shall adopt rules under
IC 4-22-2 to implement this section.
As added by P.L.93-1997, SEC.8.