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Weight Class License Plates applies to trucks, tractor and truck-tractors, based on vehicle gross weight.
Trailers Small utility trailers3,000 pounds gross vehicle weight receive permanent registration. The registration sticker issued is displayed on the tongue of the vehicle (also see recreational trailers).Weighted TrailersFor trailers registered at over 3,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, that are not a recreational trailer or towed as a tractor-semi trailer combination. Registration is based on gross weight.Expiration: February - plate must display year validation sticker and gross weight sticker.
Semi-TrailerIs a trailer designed and used in conjunction with a truck-tractor so that a considerable part of its weight rests upon and is carried by the truck-tractor. This plate is non-expiring. The maximum gross vehicle weight of the trailer - truck/tractor combination may not exceed the registered gross weight of the truck-tractor.
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Permanent Minnesota Trailer Registration Sticker:
Front display A single license plate is issued to the following vehicles for display on the front of the vehicle.
Commercial Zone PlatesApplies to trucks, tractors, and truck-tractors with a manufacturers gross vehicle weight rating of one ton or more. Vehicle must stay within the limits of the commercial zone established for the municipality where the vehicle is based. The vehicle owner must be an authorized local cartage carrier in possession of either a Local Cartage Carrier (LCC) permit or a Local Cartage Exemption number. Registration is based on vehicle gross weight
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Expiration: February of each year - plate must display a year validation sticker and a vehicle weight sticker.
Registration Tax - Tax varies by vehicle, refer to the Registration Tax Page.
Contact your local Deputy Registrar for assistance in determining registration tax or email DVS at DVS.email@example.com
Refer to License Plate Fee Page or contact DVS at (651) 297-2126 for more information on fees.
Trailers: Minnesota Statute 168.002 subd. 30 & 35Farm Plates: Minnesota Statute 168.002 subd. 8Commercial Zone Plates: Minnesota Statue 168.002 subd. 34, 37 & 38
Digital Plate Technology
In 2008, Minnesota began to transition to digital license plate (DLP) technology. For the past several years, Minnesota has used digital license plate technology to produce the Critical Habitat Loon and Support Our Troops license plates. In 2008, Minnesota began to transition passenger plates to DLP. Eventually, all license plates in Minnesota will be manufactured using the DLP system. Digital License Plates are flat. The license plate numbers produced for the DLP system are black. If you have questions about the DLP system, please contact DVS at (651) 284-3896.
It will take several years to transition all Minnesota plates to DLP. In the meantime, many vehicles will continue to display license plates that are made of reflectorized sheeting applied to steel or aluminum. In most cases the letter and number characters are embossed and are non-reflective.License plates issued to passenger automobiles and dealer license plates are replaced at seven (7) year intervals; all other license plates are issued for the life of the vehicle.
Driver and Vehicle Services – Central OfficeTown Square Building445 Minnesota Street, Suite 190Saint Paul, MN 55101-5190Email:Motor Vehicle DVS.firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone:Motor Vehicles: (651) 297-2126Digital License Plates: (651) 284-3896Office Locations: (651) 297-2005Assistance for Hearing Impaired Callers (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555
DVS Office Locations