Commercial Vehicle Registration
You may need to register your vehicle as commercial if certain conditions apply.
Light Duty Vehicles
Passenger cars, ¾ ton or less pickup trucks and ¾ ton or less vans, used for commercial purposes 1,000 or more hours in a vehicle registration year, must be registered commercially.
A vehicle registered in the name of a commercial enterprise must be registered commercially unless the registering applicant certifies that the vehicle will not be maintained and used for commercial purposes.
For the registration of 1-ton pickup trucks used for either commercial or personal use, the applicant must declare a gross weight and pay gross weight fees and a $4.00 commercial fee.
What is a declared gross weight?
Gross weight is the sum of the empty weight in pounds of a motor vehicle combination (power unit and trailer) plus the weight in pounds of the load to be carried on the motor vehicle combination at any point in time. Customers declare the maximum gross weight at which they will operate their vehicle and then pay the corresponding fee as determined by the following table.
Commercial Motor Vehicles and Federal Regulations
Vehicles that meet the definition of commercial motor vehicle must register commercially and comply with federal commercial motor vehicle regulations.
Information on when a commercial driver license is needed.
When Do I Need a U.S. DOT Number?
You meet the definition of a Motor Carrier and must obtain a U.S. DOT number, if:
- You generate revenue through the transportation of your own property or the property of others (for-hire); or
- You perform a service that is a part of your business or have a personal hobby that involves the use of a vehicle or combination of vehicles that has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 10,000 lbs and operate in interstate commerce or a GVWR of 18,000 lbs or more and operate in intrastate commerce.
You may need more than one type of U.S. DOT number depending on the type of cargo, materials, or passengers that you transport.