NJ Commercial Vehicle Lettering Law

Commercial truck or tractor (Code 11)
Includes every type of motorized vehicle used for commercial purposes, such as transportation of goods, wares and merchandise (39:3-20).

Required lettering:
Clearly visible sign or nameplate (as prescribed by law 39:4-46 see below) that must contain:
Name of owner, renter or renting party
Municipality of residence
The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or the combined gross vehicle weight rating if vehicle is 26,001 pounds or more and the vehicle is registered or principally garaged in New Jersey
Lettering height must be at least three inches

Exceptions:
You may be exempt from displaying the name of the municipality if the vehicle displays a USDOT registration number. The owner, lessee or lessor of 50 or more vehicles must use those vehicles by franchised public utilities (including gas, power and telephone companies)
You can acquire a Federal DOT registration number online or by calling the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at (703) 280-4001

 

39:4-46. a.

Every vehicle used for commercial purposes on a street or highway, except for passenger automobiles and vehicles owned or leased by a pharmacy and utilized for the transportation or delivery of drugs, shall have conspicuously displayed thereon, or on a name plate affixed thereto, the name of the owner, lessee or lessor of the vehicle and the name of the municipality in which the owner, lessee or lessor has his principal place of business.

Franchised public utilities and operators of fleets of 50 or more commercial vehicles, shall be exempted from displaying the name of the municipality, provided that their vehicles display a corporate identification number.

The sign or name plate shall be in plain view and not less than three inches high.

Where available space for lettering is limited, either by the design of the vehicle or by the presence of other legally specified identification markings, making a strict compliance herewith impractical, the size of the lettering required by this section shall be as close to three inches high as is possible, within the limited space area, provided the name is clearly visible and readily identifiable.

In the case of a combination of two vehicles the requirements of this section will be served when either unit of the combination conforms with the above identification specifications. No person shall operate or drive or cause or permit to be operated or driven on a road or highway a commercial vehicle, except for passenger automobiles and vehicles owned or leased by a pharmacy and utilized for the transportation or delivery of drugs, which does not conform hereto.

 

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