Restrictions for vehicles with inspection-only plates
Any vehicle with a temporary plate, for inspection purposes, is not allowed to carry a load of any kind under any circumstances.
Inspection-only temporary registrations are required for any commercial vehicles with a GVWR over 18,000 lbs. and trailers with a GVWR over 10,000 lbs.
Vehicles that receive temporary plates for inspection purposes are only able to use the plates to:
- Move the vehicle to or from the place of sale or transfer
- Travel to the plant, construction site or other job location
- Obtain repairs
- Drive to a site offering a safety inspection
Inspections for vehicles with temporary registrations
Once you receive the inspection-only temporary commercial plate, you need to have a safety inspection done on the vehicle within 10 days.
An inspection won’t take place if the title documents are marked "not safe for the road”, “junk”, etc. The owner of the vehicle needs a letter from a licensed dealer or repairer stating that repairs have been made and the vehicle is now safe for the road.
Temporary plates aren’t issued to a vehicle that has failed for service brakes, steering components, or frame rot until repairs have been certified by a licensed dealer or repairer as completed.
Any inspection requires a signed Inspector Qualifications form completed by the inspector.