Commercial Vehicle Registration
Commercial Vehicle Registration
You may need to register your vehicle as commercial if certain conditions apply.
Light Duty Vehicles
Passenger cars, ¾ ton or less pickup trucks and ¾ ton or less vans, used for commercial purposes 1,000 or more hours in a vehicle registration year, must be registered commercially.
A vehicle registered in the name of a commercial enterprise must be registered commercially unless the registering applicant certifies that the vehicle will not be maintained and used for commercial purposes.
For the registration of 1-ton pickup trucks used for either commercial or personal use, the applicant must declare a gross weight and pay gross weight fees and a $4.00 commercial fee.
What is a declared gross weight?
Gross weight is the sum of the empty weight in pounds of a motor vehicle combination (power unit and trailer) plus the weight in pounds of the load to be carried on the motor vehicle combination at any point in time. Customers declare the maximum gross weight at which they will operate their vehicle and then pay the corresponding fee as determined by the following table.
|Gross Weight (lbs)||Gross Weight Fee|
|up to 8,000||$7.50|
|8,001 to 10,000||36.00|
|10,001 to 12,000||63.00|
|12,001 to 14,000||103.00|
|14,001 to 16,000||121.00|
|16,001 to 18,000||144.00|
|18,001 to 20,000||162.00|
|20,001 to 22,000||198.00|
|22,001 to 24,000||216.00|
|24,001 to 26,000||234.00|
|26,001 to 28,000||288.00|
|28,001 to 30,000||324.00|
|30,001 to 32,000||378.00|
|32,001 to 36,000||414.00|
|36,001 to 40,000||468.00|
|40,001 to 45,000||522.00|
|45,001 to 50,000||576.00|
|50,001 to 55,000||630.00|
|55,001 to 60,000||684.00|
|60,001 to 65,000||738.00|
|65,001 to 70,000||792.00|
|70,001 to 75,000||864.00|
|75,001 to 80,000||918.00|
|Established by A.R.S. § 28-5433|
Commercial Motor Vehicles and Federal Regulations
Vehicles that meet the definition of commercial motor vehicle must register commercially and comply with federal commercial motor vehicle regulations.
Information on when a commercial driver license is needed.
When Do I Need a U.S. DOT Number?
You meet the definition of a Motor Carrier and must obtain a U.S. DOT number, if:
- You generate revenue through the transportation of your own property or the property of others (for-hire); or
- You perform a service that is a part of your business or have a personal hobby that involves the use of a vehicle or combination of vehicles that has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 10,000 lbs and operate in interstate commerce or a GVWR of more than 26,000 lbs and operate in intrastate commerce.
You may need more than one type of U.S. DOT number depending on the type of cargo, materials, or passengers that you transport.
- U.S. DOT Rules and Regulations (All motor carriers are required to follow U.S. Department of Transportation rules and regulations.)
- Obtain a U.S. DOT number
- Arizona Department of Public Safety, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Bureau
- See the Arizona Revised Statues (A.R.S.) §§ 28-601 and 28-5201 for the definition of "commercial motor vehicle".
- A.R.S. §§ 28-5431 through 28-5438 provide information on weight and commercial fees and overweight violations.