New federal requirement for covered farm vehicles with regular ND license plates goes into effect August 1 Beginning August 1, 2015, a covered farm vehicle with a regular license plate will need to have a designation form inside the vehicle when transporting farm or ranch products. This federal exemption allows regularly plated North Dakota vehicles, not falling into the farm plate category, to move their own agriculture products and still qualify for relief from certain commercial driver’s license (CDL) regulations. This requirement does not affect current farm exemptions for vehicles which have farm plates. For questions about the new regulation, please call the Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Division at 701-328-5128.
The new designation form may be obtained from the NDDOT website at http://www.dot.nd.gov/forms/sfn60860.pdf or by calling the NDDOT Drivers License Division at 701-328-2601.
A covered farm vehicle is a commercial motor vehicle that:
a. Is operated by a farm or ranch owner or operator; or an employee or family member of the farm or ranch owner or operator;
b. Is being used to transport to or from a farm or ranch: 1. Agricultural commodities 2. Livestock 3. Machinery or supplies;
c. Displays a special license plate or other designation which helps enforcement personnel identify it as a covered farm vehicle; and
d. Has a gross vehicle weight of: 1. 26,001 pounds or less and is traveling anywhere in the United States; or
2. is greater 26,001 pounds and traveling anywhere within the State in which it is registered; or
3. When crossing state lines, is greater than 26,001 pounds and operated within 150 air miles of the farm or ranch. A covered farm vehicle does not include a vehicle that is operated by a for-hire carrier or a vehicle transporting hazardous materials in a quantity that requires the vehicle to display placards.