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How to Get Commercial License Plates

by Sameerah Blue

Having to put your business on hold because your company vehicles don't have the right license plates can cost you time and money. The best way to prevent these kinds of holds is to make sure that your company vehicle has the proper license plates from the beginning. In most states the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has streamlined their process by allowing you to make appointments and download forms online, taking a lot of the hassle and stress out of getting a commercial license plate.You will still have to make a trip to the DMV, but now you won't have to spend your entire day there.

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Contact the DMV and apply for a commercial driver license. You can get the application forms for a commercial driver license from your local DMV office. Some states will allow you to download the forms online, but you will still have to submit the forms in person.

2

Take your driver test. Even if you already have a driver license for personal use the DMV may still require you to take both a written and a road test to show that you are capable of operating a commercial vehicle. Once you pass the tests you will be issued a commercial driver license. Most DMV offices will allow you to make an appointment online for both the written and road tests.

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Register your vehicle. After you have a commercial driver license you will have to register the vehicle with the DMV to get your commercial license plates. Take your commercial driver license, proof of insurance, title, and any other ownership papers into the DMV. Once you have shown that you are the registered owner of the vehicle you will be issued your commercial license plates.

Tip

  • Always try to make an appointment to go to the DMV. Having a scheduled time to submit your paperwork or take your tests can save you a lot of hassle. If you're unsure what paperwork the DMV needs from you to register your vehicles, look at the DMV website to see what you need or call to make sure you have everything you need.

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About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Sameerah Blue has been writing professionally since 2000. She has been a contributing writer for "Step Magazine," "Rapport Magazine" and "Highland Park News." She is also a writer and editor for the blog Ectomag.com

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