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Commercial Motor Vehicle Trucks and Trailers

Commercial Motor Vehicle Trucks and Trailers in Douglas County, Kansas.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Services now available in Douglas County!

Douglas County residents can register their commercial vehicle from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday at the County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts. 

To make an appointment outside CMV hours please call 785-832-5176 or e-mail.

February 28 is the deadline for Commercial heavy trucks and trailers to renew their registration.

Non-commercial farm vehicles and trailers are not affected and can be processed at any of the Douglas County Treasurer's offices.

Beginning January 1, 2014, Motor Carriers will no longer pay ad-valorem tax (tax based on value), nor personal property tax on Commercial motor vehicles (CMV). With the passage of HB2557 during the 2012 legislative session, CMV's will pay a new "Commercial vehicle fee" that will be collected at the time of registration.

The definition of a commercial vehicle * is not changing; the federal rules have been in place since July 2000. The new system will help ensure that all commercial vehicles are properly registered and comply with existing federal and state laws. Currently, commercial vehicles should be operating under a U.S. DOT number; that DOT number will be used to set up the new intrastate commercial vehicle registration account.

* A commercial vehicle is a non-farm vehicle used to transport property or passengers and:

  • Has a gross vehicle weight or gross combination vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more or
  • Is designed or used to transport 15 or more passengers, including the driver or
  • Is used to transport hazardous material in a quantity requiring placarding.

If a vehicle meets any one of the three criteria, it is considered a commercial vehicle.

Motor carriers operating solely in Kansas as an intrastate motor carrier will receive a new license plate. The new white and purple plate marked "Commercial" will provide an easy reference for law enforcement. Kansas-based motor carriers that drive in Kansas and other states and currently have an apportioned tag will continue to receive the license plate that is white with red marked "Apportioned."

More information is available in the commercial vehicle registration section of www.truckingks.org, where operators can also register for a DOT number.