PennDOT defines a miscellaneous motor vehicle business (MMVB) as a vehicle salvage dealer, transporter, financier-collector/repossessor, or a person who maintains an established place of business and who is engaged in the business of repair, service or towing of motor vehicles including but not limited to passenger cars, trucks, implements of husbandry and special mobile equipment.
MMVBs may apply for registration plates that may be displayed on vehicles owned or in the possession of the business in lieu of registering each vehicle individually. Section 1337 of the Vehicle Code lists the types of businesses that are eligible to apply for MMVB registration plates:
REPAIR OR TOWING – Any person regularly engaged in the business of mechanical or body repairs or towing for direct compensation of motor vehicles owned and operated by other persons.
VEHICLE SALVAGE DEALER – Any person regularly engaged in the business of acquiring and dismantling used, wrecked, damaged, abandoned or salvage vehicles for the purpose of selling the usable parts and selling the remaining vehicle hulk materials for recycling or processing.
TRANSPORTER – Any person regularly engaged in the business of transporting new or used vehicles on their own wheels, owned by or in possession of a manufacturer or dealer.
FINANCIER OR COLLECTOR-REPOSSESSOR – Any person who is duly authorized by the Department of Banking to do business in this Commonwealth as a financier or collector-repossessor and who is regularly engaged in the business of financing sales, making loans on the security of vehicles or repossessing vehicles which are the subject of installment sales contracts as an independent contractor.
WATERCRAFT TRAILER DEALER – Any person regularly engaged in the business of selling watercraft and trailers used exclusively for the transport of the watercraft.
MMVB plates may only be used when the vehicle is used for one of the following purposes:
- In the conduct of the Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Business. If the owner of the Miscellaneous Motor Vehicle Business is engaged in another business, the miscellaneous motor vehicle business plate(s) may not be used on vehicles in the other business, nor used on vehicles used in both businesses.
- For the personal pleasure or use of the owner of the miscellaneous motor vehicle business or members of the owners immediate family or when the business is a corporation, for the pleasure or use of not more than three officers or members of their families, or for the personal use of the regular employees. A spouse or child of the registrant or a parent, brother or sister of the registrant, who lives in the same residence as the registrant, is defined as immediate family.
All vehicles specified in the above paragraphs must be titled in the name of the business or family member, and sales tax must be paid.
For more information, refer to Publication 458, Requirements for a Miscellaneous Dealer, on PennDOT’s Web site, www.dot3.state.pa.us/pdotforms/misc/pub_458.pdf.