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Commercial Vehicles


This page provides information about commercial motor vehicles. 
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A general definition for a commercial vehicle is a vehicle that is used to transport people or property for profit.
A commercial motor vehicle is defined by the Oregon Vehicle Code as a vehicle that will be operating at a gross vehicle weight rating or combination weight over 26,000 pounds. The definition also includes vehicles designed to transport 16 or more persons and vehicles designed to transport hazardous materials regardless of weight. This definition excludes fire trucks, emergency vehicles, motor homes and recreational vehicles operated solely for personal use.

Title & Registration
DMV issues titles for all motor vehicles that are eligible to receive a title in Oregon, including commercial vehicles.
The Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD) issues registrations and license plates for the majority of commercial vehicles in Oregon.  You may visit their Registration Services page or contact them directly at (503) 378-6699 for more information. 

Note: MCTD also regulates safety, insurance and economic matters, and administers Oregon's weight-mile tax. Most vehicles with a combined weight over 26,000 pounds are subject to the weight-mile tax, however, some vehicles may be subject to MCTD requirements regardless of their weight.

DMV only issues registrations and license plates for a subset of commercial vehicles:
  • Heavy trucks or permanent fleet (T or PF-plated) vehicles at 26,000 pounds or less combined or loaded weight; or over 26,001 pounds or less combined or loaded weight but not subject to weight-mile tax.
  • Buses (B-plated) with a registration weight over 26,000 pounds only with a certification that the vehicle is not subject to the weight-mile tax.
  • Charitable/non-profit vehicles (CN-plated).
  • Government exempt vehicles (E-plated).
  • Farm vehicles (F-plated).
  • Tow/Recovery (TW-plated) vehicles with a registration weight of 10,000 pounds or less and with a registration weight of 10,001 to 26,000 pounds. See Tow/Recovery Vehicles for more information.
  • Manufactured structure toters.
For more information about titling a vehicle and/or registering one of the limited types of commercial vehicles (listed above) with DMV, visit our Titling & Registering Your Vehicle page.
Related Information
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