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Do I need a commercial plate on my vehicle?
The Department has two types of commercial plates available - a "regular"
commercial plate and an elected gross vehicle weight (GVW) commercial plate.
The following vehicles use the "regular" commercial plate:
- A vehicle used to transport persons for hire (e.g., taxi, bus,
- Company-owned pickups and vans up to 8,000 pounds
- A vehicle up to 8,000 pounds used commercially to transport goods,
wares, or merchandise (e.g., stake truck, tank, dump, utility) including
passenger vehicles used commercially
- Ambulances and hearses
The following vehicles require GVW plates:
- All trucks weighing over 8,000 pounds (empty) used commercially
- All semi tractors used commercially
- Trucks weighing 8,000 pounds or less (empty) towing a trailer or any
other vehicle for commercial purposes (This does not include pickups and
vans under 8,001 lbs. towing a trailer. They use regular fees as if there
was no trailer).
plate fee is based on the truck's maximum elected gross vehicle weight
(GVW). Elected gross vehicle weight is the empty weight of the vehicle or
combination of vehicles, fully equipped for service, plus the weight of the
maximum load that the owner has elected to carry.
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