Gross Weight Registration. The vehicle registration must cover the entire unit and or combination of units I.E.- The License plate weight must cover the weight of the truck/trailer and any load carried. Note: Do not CONFUSE Gross Weight and GVWR assigned by Manufacturer. Unbridled Spirit Tag.
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Commercial Vehicles means: All motor vehicles that are required to be register under the terms of KRS 186.050, but not including vehicles primarily designed for carrying passengers and having provisions for carrying not more than 9 passengers (including driver), motorcycles, sidecar attachments, pickup trucks and passenger vans which are NOT being used for commercial or business purposes.
The vehicle is required to be registered as a commercial vehicle with a weight tag, when it is being used for some commercial purpose or hauling some type of product!
Excess of 18,000 lbs
Exclusively for transportation of forest products
Not to exceed 50 air-miles from the harvest area.
Anywhere within County w/ Urban Co Govt.
Not For-Hire Transportation & May be used for:
Provides certain exemptions if:
Farm Licensed Vehicles 26,000/38,000 farm plates
Trailer Plate Not Required
Trailer and Semi-trailer
See exception under 186.650 (2)(a)
“Semi-Trailer” shall NOT include any vehicle designed to carry person or property being drawn by a motor vehicle registered according to provisions of 186.050(4)(a). Used by a farmer for his farm operation only.
The provisions of KRS 186.650 to 186.700 shall not apply to privately owned and operated trailers used for the transportation of the following:
If the trailer is being towed by a vehicle with the Farm Limited plate, then the trailer is required to be licensed.
Kentucky has adopted the definition of Interstate Commerce as well as other Federal regulation in 601 KAR 1:005 to apply to Intrastate carriers. This means that even if you stay within Kentucky with the commercial vehicle, you must comply with the Federal Regulations.
The Federal rules apply within Kentucky as well as crossing state lines.
Kentucky State Police
919 Versailles Road
Frankfort, KY 40601