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Some transactions are exempt from Motor Vehicle tax depending on who purchases the vehicle, as listed in the table below. For these sales, you must keep on file Form PS2000, Application to Title/Register a Vehicle, showing the exemption code.
Who is the customer?
They can buy the following vehicles exempt from Motor Vehicle Tax
Note:Exemption includes accessory items used to initially equip ambulances and repair and replacement parts for ambulances
Note: Purchaser must have grant assistance under U.S. Code, title 38, section 3902
Federal government and its agencies
All vehicles (purchased, leased, or rented)
Federally Qualified Health Center
Vehicles used only as mobile medical units for providing medical and dental services by a federal qualified health center. Leases of these vehicles are taxable.
Job opportunity building zone (JOBZ)
Vehicles primarily garaged, used as part of, or in direct support of, the buyer’s operations carried on in a JOBZ zone. To claim exemption, the business must provide a written statement indicating they:
are a qualified JOBZ business
have a Business Subsidy Agreement
Vehicles used as a bookmobile or delivery vehicle
Metropolitan Transit Council
Buses (purchased or leased)
Municipal fire department
Fire trucks, pumper trucks, hook and ladder trucks, and clearly marked trailers
Note: Exemption includes items used to assemble or initially equip these vehicles or items that are permanently attached to the qualified vehicle
Trucks, buses, or automobiles primarily designed to carry at least 10 people.
Note: Limited to groups organized for charitable, religious, or educational purposes to transport goods and people, but not employees. State or local government organizations, schools, universities, or private bus companies do not qualify for this exemption.
Marked police patrol vehicles
Note: Exemption includes accessory items used to initially equip the vehicle
Private non-profit or public school
Vehicles used as instructional aids in a vehicle body and mechanical repair course.
Note: This exemption does not include vehicles used in driver education programs.
Public or private transit operations
Vehicle used for transit services.
Vehicles used to provide transportation services for the elderly or disabled may also qualify. To qualify, the provider must receive financial assistance or reimbursement under Minnesota Statute 174.24 or 473.384, or operate under Minnesota Statute 174.29, 473.388, or 473.405.
Ready-mix concrete trucks
Snow plows, dump trucks, and other motor vehicles used only for road maintenance
Note: This exemption does not include automobiles, vans, or pickup trucks. This exemption does not apply to purchases by other local governments.
Volunteer fire department
Fire trucks, pumper trucks, hook and ladder trucks, trailers, or components used to assemble these vehicles
Note: Exemption includes components to assemble these vehicles and accessories, replacement parts, and repair parts.
By inheritance, including transferring a motor vehicle inherited upon death
From joint tenancy to one of the joint tenants for no monetary consideration
From an individual into the individual’s revocable trust.
Between husband and wife in a divorce proceeding
By gift between:
Parents and a child
Grandparents and a grandchild
No affidavit is required when a gifted motor vehicle is transferred between these relatives.
Between related companies as defined in Internal Revenue Code sections 118, 331, 332, 336, 337, 351, 355, 721, 731, 1031, 1033, or 1563(a). For more information, see Isolated and Occasional Sales.
A gift to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization when the motor vehicle is used exclusively for religious, charitable, or educational purposes
A gift from a limited used vehicle dealer licensed (nonprofit charitable organization) to an individual – if there is no monetary or other consideration, or the expectation of consideration. The transferring parties must sign an affidavit when transferring the title.
If you bought and titled your vehicle under your name for at least 60 days in the other state, tax is not due when you register the vehicle in Minnesota.
If a Minnesota resident registered and paid sales tax to another state, Minnesota allows credit for tax paid to the other state. If the other state’s tax rate is lower, then tax is due on the difference in rates to Minnesota.
If a buyer has a dealer’s or lessor’s license and is in the business of selling or leasing vehicles, the purchase for resale is not taxable. Without a dealer’s license, individuals cannot purchase a motor vehicle exempt for resale.
The type of dealer’s license the buyer has restricts what vehicles they can buy for resale. For example, a person licensed as a used car dealer cannot buy a new car exempt for resale. For more information, contact the Dealer’s Unit of the Department of Public Safety at 651-201-7800.
Motor vehicle dealers must place dealer plates on any vehicle they buy for resale and use for demonstration purposes, which include use by:
the dealer, dealer's spouse, or any full-time employee of the dealership
a part-time employee for business purposes of the dealer
It is illegal to use dealer plates on vehicles that are used for other purposes such as loaner vehicles, tow trucks, service trucks, or parts vehicles.