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Bus Classes

Registration Period:

March 1 through February 28 (29 in leap years) of the following year. 

 

What you need to know:

  • Definition: A bus is a vehicle designed for carrying more than fifteen passengers including the driver, and used for transporting persons or is a vehicle designed for carrying more than ten persons including the driver, that is used for transporting persons, is owned by a nonprofit organization and is not operated for hire or commercial purposes. "Bus" also means every motor vehicle certified by the Department of Transportation as a special transportation service provider vehicle and receiving reimbursement as provided in section 256B.0625 - 2015 Minnesota Statutes.

    • The gross weight rating of the vehicle is not to be considered when determining whether to register a vehicle in the bus or passenger class. Only the seating capacity is to be considered.

Gross Weight:

  • For a school bus, gross weight is the weight of the vehicle fully equipped with all fuel tanks full, plus the weight of the passengers and their baggage computed at the weight of 100 pounds per passenger seating capacity.

  • For all other bus classes, gross weight is the weight of the vehicle fully equipped with all fuel tanks full, plus the weight of passengers and their baggage computed at the rate of 150 pounds per passenger seating capacity, including that for the driver.