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Exempt from Registration

Reference: Minnesota Statutes, 168.012 details what vehicles are exempt from registration tax and license plate display. For complete details, please refer to the statute.


Farm Vehicle

Implements of husbandry, as defined in section 168A.01, subdivision 8, and tractors used solely for agricultural purposes or tractors, together with trailers or wagons thereto attached, occasionally hauling agricultural products or necessary commodities used on the farm from said farm to and from the usual marketplace of the owner, tractors for drawing threshing machinery and implements of husbandry temporarily moved upon the highway.

Small Farm Trailer

Farm trailers with a gross weight of less than 10,000 pounds, drawn by a passenger automobile or farm truck and used exclusively for transporting agricultural products from farm to farm, and to and from the owner's usual marketplace.

Fertilizer Trailer

A trailer used exclusively to carry liquid or dry fertilizer for farm use.

Spotter Trucks

As defined in section 169.011, subdivision 77.

Special Mobile Equipment 

A vehicle/equipment not designed for the transportation of persons or property and only incidentally operated or moved over a highway. Examples: ditch digging apparatus, moving dollies, well drilling equipment registered under chapter 103I, asphalt spreaders, bituminous mixers, bucket loaders, leveling graders, finishing machines, motor graders, road rollers, scarifiers, earth-moving carry-alls, scrapers, power shovels, drag lines, self-propelled cranes and earth-moving equipment. The term does not apply to vehicles designed for the transportation of persons or property to which machinery has been attached.

Camp Equipment

Bunkhouses, supply cars, shop cars, and other similar camp equipment mounted on trailers and used by highway construction contractors exclusively at construction camp sites.

Carrier of Certain Equipment

Motor vehicles, which are used primarily for the purpose of carrying sawing machines; well-drilling machines, pump hoists, and other equipment registered under chapter 103I; barn sprayers or corn shellers permanently attached to them. The exemption in this subdivision for well-drilling machines, pump hoists, and other equipment registered under chapter 103I applies regardless of whether the well-drilling machine, pump hoist, or other equipment is also carrying materials related to its operation.

Special Permit

Motorized golf carts and four-wheel all-terrain vehicles operated under permit and on roadways designated pursuant to section 169.045 . (These are often vehicles used by the disabled - and are required to be insured. Refer to Minnesota Statues 168.012 and 169.045 for additional information.)