Definition of a Commercial Vehicle:

A commercial vehicle is any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle engaged in commerce

  • ■  that is used to transport property or passengers when the vehicle
  • ■  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 materials in a quantity requiring placarding.

Your vehicles are operating in furtherance of commerce if any of the following apply to you:

  1. Money earned is declared as income from a business for tax purposes;
  2. Costs for the underlying activities are deducted as a business expense for tax purposes;
  3. Products and/or money is accepted for advertising a sponsor;
  4. The transport vehicle is being used in the furtherance of a commercial operation.

Do I need a USDOT Number to register my vehicles?

  • If your commercial vehicles travel outside of Kansas you will need to have a USDOT number.
  • If your vehicles fit the definition of a Commercial Vehicle, are engaged in the furtherance of Commerce and do not fall under one of the exemptions, you need a USDOT number.
  • *If registered weight is under 26,000 pounds a USDOT number is not required.*


Contact Commercial Motor Vehicle at: 785-296-3621

*This location does NOT process IRP registrations*

For a listing of IRP and CMV Locations please visit:

Additional information can be found at: - The official Web site of the trucking industry