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Old 08-06-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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GVW is 10,000lbs can I register as noncommercial

I have a GMC Thomas Built 3500 short bus that GVW is 10000. I've read that in MA any vehicle over 10,000lbs needs to have commercial plates. I have also heard that any vehicle with more than 4 wheels needs commercial plates. Can I get away with noncommercial plates?
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I would call the local DMV and just ask about getting weighted tags for your "truck" and be done with it...see what they say
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I would call the local DMV and just ask about getting weighted tags for your "truck" and be done with it...see what they say
Ditto, what he said.
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Why not just register it as a 3500 gmc van? That is what the title says right? I was looking at a Ford cutaway E350 Startran shuttle here in TX and the guy had it registered and insured as an E350 because that is what the title says and that was way cheaper than RV or private bus. Run the VIN in your state and see what the state thinks it is, then you can see about changing it to what you want it to be. Also I find it really hard to believe that all RV's over 10K lbs are registered as commercial vehicles....even in the law crazy state of Mass.
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that's a good start also!
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Why not just register it as a 3500 gmc van? That is what the title says right? I was looking at a Ford cutaway E350 Startran shuttle here in TX and the guy had it registered and insured as an E350 because that is what the title says and that was way cheaper than RV or private bus. Run the VIN in your state and see what the state thinks it is, then you can see about changing it to what you want it to be. Also I find it really hard to believe that all RV's over 10K lbs are registered as commercial vehicles....even in the law crazy state of Mass.

That's exactly what I've done already. I'm just concerned because of friends who own large trucks who told me that I need a commercial plate or I will get pulled over and they will take the bus. The debate now is does the law require everything above 10,000lbs or is it everything 10,000lbs and above because the bus GVW is 10,000 exactly according to the sticker. I'm on hold with the RMV hopefully I will get an answer today.
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Re: GVW is 10,000lbs can I register as noncommercial

I don't know, but if your not using it for commerce why do you need the tags to be commercial?

maybe they meant weighted tags ; here in TN regular tags are like 5000 lb rated (don't hold me to that exact number) they don't ticket people that have them on 3/4 and 1 ton trucks though
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Just found out that my GVW is fine the restriction starts at anything above 10,000, unfortunately because its a dually I am required to get commercial plates.
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Commercial tags are WAY expensive ... that sucks to hear. Does it have RV plates on it ??

You need to move to a less restrictive state ... Like good ol' Minnesota.

License things however you want, no emissions inspections, and out in the country, you can drive things like this and get away with it ... My old high school ride.

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Re: GVW is 10,000lbs can I register as noncommercial

Please double check that,that means every dual pickup would need those tags.

Once you registure as commecial....you will play hell to go backwards.

Look around and see what all the pickups have and then bring that up!!

Commercial here in TNwould add a lot plus possible DOT numbers etc

Please be careful here
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