Defining Commercial Vehicles
A commercial vehicle is any vehicle or vehicle combination used, designed or maintained for transportation of persons for hire, compensation for profit, or used primarily for the transportation of property for gain and profit and one or more of the following:
- A power unit having two axles and a gross vehicle weight over 26,000 pounds
- A power unit having three or more axles regardless of weight
- Is used in combination and the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight
Note: Commercial license plates are issued to vehicles meeting the above criteria. Any commercial vehicle with a weight of 55,000 pounds or greater must provide a stamped copy of the IRS Form 2290.
Commercial vehicles are staggered like all other vehicle registrations. Therefore, the expiration month will be determined by the month of purchase.
Fees for commercial plates are broken into a county fee and a state fee. The county fee is calculated in the same way as a regular registration. The state fee is calculated depending on the gross vehicle weight of the vehicle or combination using a weight table. Learn more about registration fees.
There are several exemptions available for commercial registrations only. The exemptions allow the owner of the vehicle to only pay a percentage of the total state fee. Only one exemption can be applied to a registration:
|Exemption||State Fee Due||Reg. Code|
|Well Service Vehicles||25%||WS|
1-2,500 miles per year
2,501-5,000 miles per year
5,001-10,000 miles per year
10,001-20,000 miles per year
20,001-30,000 miles per year