Farm Truck & Trailer Regulations
Farm Truck & Trailer
If you are a farmer using a pickup truck to haul your own items around and the loaded truck (gross vehicle weight) is 10,000-lbs or under and you are plated at 10,000-lbs or under, you are not required to comply with state regulations. If you are pulling a trailer and the combined gross weights of both the truck and the trailer, or the combination of both the truck and trailer license plates do not exceed 10,000-lbs, you are not required to comply with state rules and regulations.
If you are pulling a trailer and the gross weight of the truck by itself, or the combined gross weights of both the truck and the trailer exceed 10,000-lbs, or the license plates you have on both the truck and the trailer add up to more than 10,000-lbs, you are subject to the rules and regulations of the state. Also, if you haul a trailer that has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) above 10,000-lbs, you are subject to the rules and regulations of the state. If you stay in state and do not cross state lines, some states require you to have a USDOT number, where other states do not if you are 'Not for Hire' and hauling your own 'stuff' as a farmer with a farm plate on the truck or tractor. You will need to check with the state agency responsible for DOT regulations.
Later on, we should have a list of states with their individual DOT rules and regulations as they apply to farm-plated vehicles.
If you cross state lines as a farmer with a truck or truck and trailer / tractor and trailer combination exceeding 26,000-lbs, then you will need to apply for a USDOT Number and register for IFTA fuel tax with your home state.
Click here on Farm Plated Trucks Crossing State Lines.
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