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Vehicle modifications and registration class

Modifications to a vehicle can affect its registration

Part 106 of the DMV Regulations describes the vehicles that are registered in the commercial class and in the passenger class. Part 106 also describes how some modifications that you make to your vehicle can affect the correct registration class of your vehicle. A description of the modifications appears below. Each description includes a reference to the DMV Regulations.

Important: The DMV cannot examine your vehicle to determine the correct registration class. You must determine the correct registration class for your vehicle.


Modifications that change a registration from 'Passenger' class to 'Commercial' class

  • Cars (Part 106.2 (e)) - you can register your car in the 'Commercial' class if all the seats behind the driver are removed. Instead of the seats, you must install a permanent box or permanent rack to carry cargo.
  • Station Wagons and Vans (Part 106.2 (f)) - you can register your station wagon or your van in the commercial class if all the seats and all the seat fittings behind the driver are removed completely.


Modifications that change a registration from 'Commercial' class to 'Passenger' class

  • Vans (Part 106.3 (d)) - you can register a van in the 'Passenger' class if the van has
    • at least one side window behind the driver

and

    • at least one seat or set of seat fittings that is installed behind the driver

or

    • camping equipment that is installed behind the driver.
      • 'camping equipment' indicates that you have a permanent bed, a permanent stove, or a permanent refrigerator in the vehicle
      • if this equipment is removed and you use the van, you must register the van as a commercial vehicle
  • Pick-up Trucks (Part 106.6 (c)) - you can register a pick-up truck in the passenger class if the pick-up truck complies with all of these requirements
    • the pick-up truck has an unladen weight of more than 5,000 lbs. and is used for non-commercial purposes
    • the pick-up truck does not have any business advertisements
    • a permanent camper top completely encloses the truck bed, and which has one or more side windows
    • the pick-up truck has seats, seat fittings, or permanent camping equipment installed in the truck bed
      • 'camping equipment' indicates that you have a permanent bed, a permanent stove, or a permanent refrigerator in the vehicle
      • if this equipment is removed and you use the pick-up truck, you must register the pick-up truck as a commercial vehicle