If a car is owned by a trust, does it have to be registered as a commercial vehicle, or can it be considered a personal vehicle?

Since commercial vehicles have much higher tax rates, this has tax implications.

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    I think this is too broad, as written. I think it would depend on the state, the specifics of the trust (a charitable trust vs a family trust), the purpose for which the car is used, e.g. personal use by a family trust's beneficaries, or for a charitable trust employee to do business? – jamesqf Dec 11 '17 at 18:55

I would think that most if not all US states would not consider a vehicle owned by an individual trust a commercial vehicle. While there may be some commercial entities that are classified as a "trust", a trust meant to hold assets on behalf of one or more individuals (for estate planning purposes, for example) should not be considered a "commercial" entity.

  • The state here has no problem with my trust-owned vehicle being registered as an individual. (Except they're a little stupid about the insurance situation--all owners must be insured, whether they are drivers or not.) – Loren Pechtel Dec 12 '17 at 2:16

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