Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Section 14 of 38

Chapter 13: Commercial Vehicles

13.085 Multipurpose Vehicles

Multipurpose vehicles are designed primarily as passenger vehicles, but also have a limited cargo carrying capability. For example, a Jeep, Bronco, Blazer, Scout, and Jimmy. Any of these vehicles with a permanently attached top may be issued auto or commercial license plates.

To obtain commercial registration for a multipurpose vehicle, the following must be submitted:

  • The California Certificate of Title.
  • The registration card.
  • A weight certificate.

The procedures below must be followed:

  • Change the body type model (BTM) to “PK” for pickup.

Vehicles that have an open box-type bed or that can transform from a commercial (pickup) body to a noncommercial body type must be reported and registered as pickups, and weight fees are required. Refer to the Commercial Vehicle Definitions section in this chapter.

The Chevrolet Avalanche, Hummer H2 SUT, Cadillac Escalade EXT, and Ford Explorer Sport Trac are pickups, but their vehicle identification number (VIN) configurations may generate a utility (UT) BTM. If the automated system generates the BTM “UT”, change it to PK.