CMV Registration

March 22, 2022

CMV Registration

All CMVs must be legally registered so states can be compensated to maintain the highway infrastructure those vehicles operate on. Registration can mean a state base plate, a restricted plate or an International Registration Plan (IRP)-apportioned plate.

State base plates and restricted plates (e.g. a dealer plate or manufacturer plate) are valid only in the state in which they were issued. If you’re intending to operate in interstate commerce with vehicles displaying base plates or restricted plates, you’re subject to the registration requirements of the intended state(s) of operation. Registration fees are typically based on the maximum gross weight of the vehicle or combination operated.

What’s A Qualified Interstate CMV?

It’s a power unit used in two or more member jurisdictions for the transportation of persons for-hire or for the transportation of property, and:

  • Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 lbs., or
  • Three or more axles, regardless of weight, or
  • The gross combination weight exceeds 26,000 lbs.

Let J. J. Keller monitor your authority to ensure your credentials are always up-to-date or call 888.473.4638 for more information.

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