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Commercial Registration
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.

Expiration
Commercial vehicles are staggered like all other vehicle registrations. Therefore, the expiration month will be determined by the month of purchase.

Fees
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.

Exemptions
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 Example Tag Reg. Code
Agricultural Vehicles
25%
Exempt tag 25
AG
Logging Vehicles
25%
Exempt tag 25
LG
Well Service Vehicles
25%
Exempt tag 25
WS
Vehicles operated
1-2,500 miles per year
15% Exempt tag 2
M4
Vehicles operated
2,501-5,000 miles per year
20%
Exempt tag 5
M5
Vehicles operated
5,001-10,000 miles per  year
25%
Exempt tag 10
M1
Vehicles operated
10,001-20,000 miles per year
50%
Exempt tag 20
M2
Vehicles operated
20,001-30,000 miles per year
75%
Exempt tag 30
M3