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MN Commercial Vehicle Recertification

This mandatory 6 hour course is designed to provide recertification for commercial and/or self-truck inspectors already certified in Commercial Vehicle Inspection. This class is for individuals whose certification is due to expire. Individuals who have their certificates expire must complete this course within six months of expiration date.

2015-2016 Course Dates:

  • December 9, 2015 - East Grand Forks
  • December 10, 2015 - Thief River Falls
  • January 6, 2016 - Thief River Falls
  • January 7, 2016 - Thief River Falls

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Relaxed Laws for farm vehicles effective August 1, 2014:

In response to the federal transportation bill known as MAP-21, several Minnesota Statutes relating to the operation of covered farm vehicles go into effect August 1.

Covered farm vehicle (CFV) means a single unit or articulated commercial motor vehicle that:

  • Displays a farm license plate or other designation * issued by the state,
  • Is operated by a farmer, or a family member or employee of the farmer,
  • Transports argicultural commodities, livestock, machinery or supplies to or from a farm,
  • Is not used in for-hire carrier operations,
  • Does not transport hazardous materials in a quantity requiring the vehicle to display placards;
  • When the gross vehicle weight (GVW) is 26, 001 pounds or less, is operated anywhere in the United States;
  • When the GVW is greater than 26,001 pounds, is operated wholly within its state of registry; or when crossing state lines, is operated within 150 miles of the farm.


Covered farm vehicles and their drivers are exempt from requirements for:

  • Commercial driver license (CDL)
  • Medical qualifications (medical cards)
  • Hours of service and log books
  • Annual inspection and daiy vehicle inspection requirements.


In addition, covered farm vehicles are only subject to inspection by enforcement personnel if probably cause exists to believe the vehicle or its equipement is unsafe or illegal activity is suspected. Covered farm vehicles are still subject to being stopped, but will be allowed to proceed if there is no probably cause to conduct a complete vehicle inspection.

*Vehicles displaying Minnesota apportioned, truck class, or passenger class license plates, and meeting all othr qualifications for a CFV, may complete, print, and carry a CFV self designation form. The form must be carried in the vehicle and displayed upon demand by enforcement personnel. The self-designation form is available under the Commercial Vehicles tab at

For more information, call 651-405-6196 or write to