168.127 Fleet vehicles; registration, fees.
Subdivision 1. Unique registration category. A unique registration category is established for vehicles and trailers of a fleet. Vehicles registered in the fleet must be issued a distinctive license plate. The design and size of the fleet license plate must be determined by the commissioner.
Subd. 2. Annual registration period. The annual registration period for vehicles in the fleet will be determined by the commissioner. The applicant must provide all information necessary to qualify as a fleet registrant including a list of all vehicles in the fleet. On initial registration, all taxes and fees for vehicles in the fleet must be reassessed based on the expiration date.
Subd. 3. Registration cards issued. On approval of the application for fleet registration the commissioner must issue a registration card for each qualified vehicle in the fleet. The registration card must be carried in the vehicle at all times and be made available to a peace officer on demand. The registered gross weight must be indicated on the license plate.
Subd. 4. Filing registration applications. Initial fleet applications for registration and renewals must be filed with the registrar or authorized deputy registrar.
Subd. 5. Renewal of fleet registration. On the renewal of a fleet registration the registrant shall pay full licensing fees for every vehicle registered in the preceding year unless the vehicle has been properly deleted from the fleet. In order to delete a vehicle from a fleet, the fleet registrant must surrender to the commissioner the registration card and license plates. The registrar may authorize alternative methods of deleting vehicles from a fleet, including destruction of the license plates and registration cards. If the card or license plates are lost or stolen, the fleet registrant shall submit a sworn statement stating the circumstances for the inability to surrender the card, stickers, and license plates. The commissioner shall assess a penalty of 20 percent of the total tax due on the fleet against the fleet registrant who fails to renew the licenses issued under this section or fails to report the removal of vehicles from the fleet within 30 days. The penalty must be paid within 30 days after it is assessed.
Subd. 6. Fees. Instead of the filing fee described in section 168.33, subdivision 7, the applicant shall pay an equivalent administrative fee for each vehicle in the fleet. The administrative fee must be deposited in the state treasury and credited to the highway user tax distribution fund.