Michigan law requires all commercial motor vehicles to be registered and plated. Fortunately, vehicles used in agriculture have the option to register with special-use plates at a discounted price reflecting their seasonal and limited uses. Currently, the State offers three different agricultural plates: “Farm,” “Special Farm,” and “Log.” While similar, each plate is specifically designed for different vehicle operations. For example, “Farm” plates are allowed for vehicles that are in connection with the farm or other farming activities including personal use and not for hire. “Log” plates, however, are designed for the forestry industry and cannot be used for personal use but can be operated commercially for hire.
A vehicle can only be registered with one plate, so it is important for individuals to purchase the correct registration for the intended transportation activities. Unfortunately, the different restrictions within the special-use plates presents a challenge for farmers who are also involved in the forestry industry. In this scenario, the individual would be required to obtain a commercial plate such as the “Gross Vehicle Weight” plate or chose between a “Farm” or “Log” plate which would limit the vehicles use to one or the other allowed activities.
Contact: Craig Knudson | 231-357-3864 or Andrew Vermeesch | 517-679-4778.
MFB #95 Farm and Commercial Vehicles