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April 17, 2022

Do You Want To Cross State Lines With A Farm-Plated Truck?

If you are a farmer you must own a farm-plated truck. You might also face situations where you have to cross state lines with your grain or livestock. You could also be carrying farm equipment across state lines. Whatever the purpose is, getting into another state and back to your farm can be made far less complicated if you are aware of this information. Most states across the country would let you cross into their state lines with your farm plates that are already bolted or fixed on your trailers or tractors or trucks.

However, You May Need To Fulfill A Few Requirements Such As:

Having A USDOT Number

If you are a farmer and want to cross state lines, you must have a USDOT number. In case your vehicle has a GVWR of more than 10,000 LBS or if the combined gross vehicle weight rating of your truck and trailer or any other combination of automobile or adjoining apparatus is more than 10,000 lbs, you will need to apply for a USDOT number

If your gross weight or the combined weight of your tractor and trailer combination or any other similar apparatus comes out to be more than 26,000 LBS and you want to cross state lines with that vehicle, you will also have to register for the unified carrier registration program. In addition to this, you will also have to apply for your IFTA fuel tax.

Do Weight Distance Tax States Come Into The Picture?

A few requirements have been listed above but if you are looking to cross into any of the weight distance tax states such as New York, Oregon, and Kentucky, you will have to fulfill this requirement as well.

New York

If the gross vehicle weight of the automobile that you are driving including any of the combined truck or trailer combinations is more than 18,000 LBS, you will have to register for the New York Highway Use Tax.

Oregon

Oregon doesn’t require you to file for your IFTA fuel tax. You can pay the Oregon weight distance tax right at the border which turns out to be very convenient.

Kentucky

If you want to enter Kentucky, you will have to apply for a USDOT number and register for the IFTA fuel tax with your home state as well. This applies to you if the gross weight of your vehicle is more than 26,000 LBS. If the gross vehicle weight turns out to be more than 60,000 LBS when you are crossing into Kentucky, you must apply for the Kentucky KYU number as well.

The Unified Carrier Registration Program

If you intend to cross state lines with your trailer or truck or truck and trailer combination or tractor and trailer combination that has a weight of more than 26,000 lbs, you must have a USDOT number and the IFTA fuel tax as well. Registering for the Unified Carrier Registration program is also a requirement you will have to fulfill.

The driver must be at least 21 years old and must have a CDL driver’s license. In case you travel more than 100 air miles from your farm that is located in your home state, it is essential to fill out a logbook for the entire trip.

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