trying to get my TT;s paper work done and make it legal. Do TT's need commercial plates ? does anyone know a title company in So Cal area they would recommend ? thanks Tom
In Washington (sometimes considered far northern California ) trucks had there own plates,
designated with a "T". Cars got an "X".
I know nothing about how it was done in California proper. I have a Washington state guy in
my references I could pass along, but would assume there are similar specialists that know your
local scene right there in your AO.
If you would like his POC, drop me a line.
Tom, I have a 25 TT. California didnt require Commercial plates till 1936 or so. But try and tell that to a Cop. So I paid the little bit extra and all is good. I have never been pulled over for any of my loads. Some were quite heavy. Scott
California did issue commercial license plates in 1926. I have seen them.
Google images "1926 California commercial license plate".
I was told by the California DMV that I would not need commercial plates for my 1923 light express delivery due to the age of the vehicle. They said that it was too old to be used as what is defined as real commercial vehicle usage.
years ago pre '36 California commercial vehicles could be given normal plates, provided the owner signed off that it would never be used commercially. I don't know what the current law is.
A few things I know, but do not have ready reference for.
I do NOT know if they were required or not, but California did have commercial plates in most of the 1920s. I had an original pair on the 1925 TT I had about 30 years ago. I have seen '24, I think '23, and also had and traded away a 1927 pair. They all had "COM" down one end of the plates (usually if not all on the viewer's left).
You do NOT have to license a truck as a commercial vehicle in Califunny if it was built before a given year (I THINK it is 1938, but do not know for sure, and it could have changed). I know this because I can't use this rule for my dad's '68 Chevy 3/4 ton PU and the state wants too much money because of the weight fees for the little bit I would drive it (hence it is on "non-op").
HOWEVER! IF you do not license it as a commercial vehicle, you are severely limited in what you can haul on it. Basically you are limited to TWO things. Items of similar historic interest, like antique farm equipment or hit and miss engines (an antique piano maybe?). OR small things that you would carry in an ordinary car, like a picnic basket, or a bag of groceries. You CANNOT haul a load to the dump without risking a hefty fine. As a matter of fact, the local "transfer station" (dump) here has a sign before the pay station warning that they WILL report such offenses to the state.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
I live in California and have an '18 TT stakeside. I registered it as a commercial vehicle so I wouldn't need to worry about how I use it. If you do register it as a commercial vehicle you'll need to have it weighed, but that's about the only (minor) downside I remember. I just renewed the registration. It was $102.00 for the coming year. I don't know how much of that would be saved by registering it as a car, but as far as I'm concerned it's worth the whole amount just to be able to use it as I please.
I have a 29 A pickup. When I first registered it in Calif DMV mistakenly assigned commercial plates to it. When I pointed it out to the clerk I asked the difference in costs. It was $1.00 difference in fees at that time in 1996. Current fees are $88.00 which is not bad for Calif It still has commercial plates.
A lot of people confuse the commercial plates for a private vehicle that can haul a cargo with commercial plates for a vehicle being operated for hire. Different rules and different fees. By the way its easy to tell a private limousine from a limousine service. Limo service has commercial plates on its cars
Tom, get hold of John Craig, he has a guy that does registration. There is also a guy who comes to the swap meet, but I'll have to look for his info if you need it.
You guys are great thanks much !