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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, including commercial vehicles, that are eligible to receive a title in Oregon.
For more information about titling a vehicle with DMV, visit our Titling & Registering Your Vehicle page.

DMV issues registrations and license plates for some commercial vehicles, however, the Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD) registers the majority of commercial vehicles in Oregon: 

Most commercial motor vehicles are registered by the Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD). You may visit their Registration Services page or contact them directly at (503) 378-6699. The 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.

The following commercial vehicles are registered by DMV:
  • 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 registering a vehicle with DMV, visit our Titling & Registering Your Vehicle page.
Related Information
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