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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-09-2017, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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Just purchased my first truck: 17 Canyon, SLT, 4x4 Diesel. Looking to get some CA special plates on it and was surprised to see the original plates sent from the DMV is a commercial plate.

Wondering if anyone living in California can confirm that pickups must be classified as a commercial vehicle? When ordering plates via DMV system, do I need to select "commercial" instead of "auto"?

I guess if it is commercial, am I allowed to park in those yellow commercial loading zones on the street? :)


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Yep. Pretty sure all trucks are considered commercial in the SSRofKulifornia
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I think you can, but if you are seen towing or hauling anything its a ticket and a hefty fine. At least that's what my mom and dad tell me. How can you even afford to drive a truck? My mom just paid something like $800 to get tags on her F150... I pay $55 a year and have a special plate that is customized... I think Virginia has the most special plates out there.

The downside is this. I pay $700 a year in personal property tax on my truck. So it all comes out in the wash I guess. I feel for you though with that new Gas Tax Governor Moonbeam forced down on everyone.
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CA is not like other states where you can register a truck as a car to save money as long as you don't haul in it.

In CA trucks are trucks that's it.
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You can reregister as car if you add a cap. It's a pain as it needs new title, but worth it. I did my GMC Sierra crew cab in 2013

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Ok thanks guys. I had no plans to re-register. Just needed to know if I needed to apply as "commercial" for vanity plates. Thanks again!


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Hi all,

Just purchased my first truck: 17 Canyon, SLT, 4x4 Diesel. Looking to get some CA special plates on it and was surprised to see the original plates sent from the DMV is a commercial plate.

Wondering if anyone living in California can confirm that pickups must be classified as a commercial vehicle? When ordering plates via DMV system, do I need to select "commercial" instead of "auto"?

I guess if it is commercial, am I allowed to park in those yellow commercial loading zones on the street? :)


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I say pick auto and maybe you will get lucky and pay less? lol And yes, you can park wherever you want, you just have to put your tail gate down....thats what I do at Walmart, works like a charm....ahahahaha

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You can reregister as car if you add a cap. It's a pain as it needs new title, but worth it. I did my GMC Sierra crew cab in 2013

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That's only true if you meet the DMV's definition of a "permanent" installation. Whatever that is but I'd doubt standard shell clamps would count as permanent.
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First having spent an entire career in policing in California, up until I retired a cap on a pick up could allow the "house car" designation and non commercial plates could be assigned.
Second, who in their right mind after paying the exorbitant fees for registration in Calif would voluntarily give more money for a special plate?
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Did it. Standard ARE fiberglass cap. Normal C clamp installation. DMV didn't even look at it. Only hard part was getting title released, but that only took couple phone calls.

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Walshie, A visit to a Calif DMV should be part of every University course in Stress/Anger Management.

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You can literally put whatever you want on the order form (except motorcycle) if there is even a check box for that. The plates are exactly the same for each. When you go to pick them up and assign them to the actual vehicle, they will classify it with the appropriate classification and fees. You are allowed to move the plate from a car to a truck and back to a car if you want. So, it really doesn't matter if you select commercial or auto on the order form because the initial order cost is the same.

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The cost of the vanity plate remains the same for all classifications but the fees charged for auto vs commercial are very different. Added together in Calif the total registration is somewhere close to obscene.
Ernster500, What is the fee for a vanity plate in Calif? Just the plate not entire registration.

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Ernster500, What is the fee for a vanity plate in Calif? Just the plate not entire registration.
Mine are $40 or $50 a year I believe.

Clearly I'm not in my right mind. ;)

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Didn't it used to be that only trucks rated as 1 ton or higher were considered "commercial"? When did this change?

Also, where is this commercial designation? Is it on the registration? On the plates?

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24v. Ok fifty Bucks, but confession time: while still in California and shortly after the plates became popular I had one (I B Mikey) on my 55 Chev Pick up. Years later when fees became incredibly high on my ther cars in protest I went back to standard plates. Our 55Chev 2dr Hard Top had "Year Of Manufacture" ( original and restored) plates but as I recall they did not cost extra after the initial fee.

Bumble Z, Commercial plates in Calif are distinctive with a single letter and then numbers ( may have changed I have not been there in twelve years) and the Registration indicates Commercial Vehicle. Many years ago (sixties) DMV required Commercial plates on all pickups, prior to that the small Ranchero and others were under the weight requirement for Comm status. Large companies like utilities bought them and put pass car reg on the vehicles. DMV put the screws to that quickly. As a then young patrol officer I explained to many drivers the change in requirements for their registration. The bean counters won again.

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Ernster500, What is the fee for a vanity plate in Calif? Just the plate not entire registration.
Depending on the plate, because there are different styles, it's between $48-98 for specialty/vanity plates with a similar annual fee.

Here is the California DMV Special Interest License Plate website page... It shows all the different plates and related fees.

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