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Commercial license plates
#1411205 Mon May 24 2021 07:53 PM
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Wondering how I would go about running commercial plates on my 52 suburban. I have seen pics online of people running them.

I am in California, DMV says I can only run car plates. I resisted my suburban as an auto, not sure if it would have been considered a truck....


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Re: Commercial license plates
NorCal52Suburban #1411209 Mon May 24 2021 08:06 PM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
The way it is done in the fleet for little vans, is there has to be no seats in the back. Only cargo area.

I would like to ask, why would you want to? Commercial costs more!

Re: Commercial license plates
MNSmith #1411210 Mon May 24 2021 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by MNSmith
The way it is done in the fleet for little vans, is there has to be no seats in the back. Only cargo area.

I would like to ask, why would you want to? Commercial costs more!

Just to be different is all.....

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Re: Commercial license plates
NorCal52Suburban #1411247 Tue May 25 2021 01:27 AM
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I am happy as can be that I didn't have to register my two ton as commercial. I think it was oversite on the part of the secretary of state office. I applied for a new title and it came through with the word 'Pickup' typed on it. When I registered it and bought plates it is no different then any of the pickups I've registered other than the cheap cost due to the low value of the truck.


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Re: Commercial license plates
NorCal52Suburban #1411255 Tue May 25 2021 03:13 AM
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"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
My '98 C3500 is registered commercial. I asked why since it was for my private use. I got no answer.

Re: Commercial license plates
NorCal52Suburban #1411256 Tue May 25 2021 03:15 AM
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If it's registered commercial, can you park legally in loading zones? Might be useful.


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Re: Commercial license plates
NorCal52Suburban #1411264 Tue May 25 2021 06:13 AM
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Back when I owned a '72 K10, Alaska licensed all trucks no matter how small with truck plates (two letters and 4 numbers), and charged an extra $5 over car plates (3 letters and 3 numbers). Sometime down the road, they quit doing that and everything that's privately owned gets the 3 letter and 3 number plate.


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Re: Commercial license plates
NorCal52Suburban #1411307 Tue May 25 2021 04:02 PM
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I'm pretty sure that in California, you would have to pay tonnage for a commercial vehicle license.
I would not register it as a commercial vehicle, and use the money that would be paid as tonnage for a specialized plate.


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Re: Commercial license plates
MNSmith #1411314 Tue May 25 2021 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by MNSmith
My '98 C3500 is registered commercial. I asked why since it was for my private use. I got no answer.

Because it has 8 lugs. I pay commercial fees on both of my C20's. One is 1965, the other is 1981. Neither is used to haul anything business related. Only personal use.

To the OP, Avoid commercial plates. It's okay to be different, but this state already takes enough of our money, no reason to willingly give it to them.


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Re: Commercial license plates
NorCal52Suburban #1412268 Tue Jun 01 2021 07:42 PM
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You may get to use it if you register the plate as YOM (Year Of Manufacture). From my experience they only look at the numbers & letters. The (COM) on your plate likely wouldn't be part of that. The regulations are kind of fuzzy around the edges and also depend on which clerk you speak to. As long as the year of the vehicle matches the year of the plate they should accept it. I have the yellow YOM plates on both my truck and car and they both reflect what would have been issued back then. However, I have seen truck sequenced numbers on cars and vice versa. Look at he the newly issued black plates, you see the same number sequences issued to Priuses and F250's. They still charge the weight fees on trucks regardless.
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