Conn. DMV announces improvements to Dealer Registration System

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is announcing some MTAC-supported improvements to its system which allows commercial truck dealers to perform certain registrations in-house, rather than having to physically go to the DMV.

The DMV will now allow dealers to register commercial (non-IRP) trucks with a (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) as high as 73,000 pounds. The previous limit was 67,400 pounds. Additionally, new changes made by DMV will give dealers the ability to change the declared weight of the vehicle they are registering. For example, a manufacturer might rate a truck for a maximum GVWR of 100,000 pounds, but a dealer – knowing that their customer will only legally operate the truck at 70,000 pounds GVWR – can now register the truck in-house at a declared weight of 70,000 pounds GVWR.

A second example could be a truck rated by the manufacturer for 73,000 pounds GVWR is only registered by the dealer (for use by the customer) at a declared weight of 55,000 pounds GVWR. This is a common practice which has previously been conducted during in-person transactions at the DMV. MTAC members need to be aware that the declared weight must be at least 500 pounds more than the “light weight” of the vehicle.

The DMV is also testing additional changes to their system which would give out-of-state dealers the ability to register vehicles in-house. If successful, this system would also allow large companies with national operations to register their own vehicles in-house, as a dealer would. MTAC will keep members updated on developments with this initiative.

MTAC would like to thank DMV Commissioner Magubane and her leadership team for implementing these pro-business improvements at DMV.