(a) Every person applying to register a vehicle at a registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 26,000 pounds shall provide to the Department with the application documentation of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating for such vehicle.

Terms Used In Delaware Code Title 21 Sec. 2105

  • State: means the State of Delaware; and when applied to different parts of the United States, it includes the District of Columbia and the several territories and possessions of the United States. See Delaware Code Title 6 Sec. 4307
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(b) Any of the following items shall constitute acceptable documentation of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating in accordance with this section:

(1) A valid manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating plate, sticker or plaque permanently affixed to the vehicle; or

(2) New vehicle delivery documents which contain the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the gross vehicle weight rating; or

(3) A written statement from the manufacturer setting forth the vehicle identification number (VIN), the weight ratings of the major component parts of the vehicle, including axle assemblies, suspension system, frame and tires, and the overall gross vehicle weight rating. The manufacturer’s statement must be based on the design weight rating of the component parts, including tires, and upon the professional judgment of the manufacturer, in the exercise of due care, that the components and their installation are in accordance with accepted industry practice and in compliance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(4) In the case that a vehicle is missing a valid manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating plate, sticker, or plaque, or cannot obtain a manufacture’s statement, DMV shall assign a GVWR for that vehicle based on the federal bridge formula, or acceptable alternative.

(c) As used in this chapter, “manufacturer” shall include any maker of new, incomplete vehicles and such maker’s authorized sales and service representatives; any maker or final assembler of vehicle bodies, components or specialized equipment; and any installer of vehicle bodies, major components or specialized equipment which alters the vehicle’s gross vehicle weight rating, or which substantially changes its use, and which conforms to the requirements of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act [repealed; see now 49 U.S.C. §§ 30101, et seq.] and of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

(d) Any vehicle which has a gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds, except as provided in §§ 2152 and 4502(c)(2) of this title, shall not be registered at a weight in excess of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight for such vehicle or the Federal Bridge Formula in the absence of a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating. For those vehicles registered pursuant to § 2152 of this title, the actual gross weight of the vehicle, or each vehicle in combination, shall not exceed the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating. For those vehicles registered for extra weight capacity pursuant to the exception of § 4502(c)(2) of this title, the following shall apply:

(1) Vehicles registering for such extra weight capacity shall pay a fee of $100 per vehicle at the time of registration;

(2) No vehicle with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of less than 65,000 shall be registered at a weight in excess of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating for such vehicle;

(3) No vehicle being registered for the first time shall be registered at a weight in excess of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating for such vehicle;

(4) No vehicle with a model year 20 or more years prior to the date of registration shall be registered at a weight in excess of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating for such vehicle; and

(5) Commencing June 15, 2022, no vehicle shall be registered at a weight in excess of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating for such vehicle.

(e) If registered pursuant to § 2152 of this title, any vehicle which has a gross weight rating in excess of 26,000 pounds shall not be operated within this State unless such vehicle is properly registered pursuant to this section and either:

(1) Has permanently affixed to it an unaltered and legible plate, sticker or plaque which states the gross vehicle weight rating; or

(2) Has within the vehicle the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating documentation required by subsection (b) of this section.

(f) Any vehicle altered so as to change its gross vehicle weight rating or substantially change its use shall not be registered or operated within this State unless the vehicle’s new gross weight rating is documented in accordance with subsection (b) of this section.

(g) If the gross vehicle weight rating for a vehicle registered pursuant to this section is documented in accordance with paragraph (b)(2) or (3) of this section, the Division of Motor Vehicles shall maintain such documentation of the manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating as part of such vehicle’s title file.

67 Del. Laws, c. 400, § 1; 68 Del. Laws, c. 366, § 2; 69 Del. Laws, c. 3, § 1; 69 Del. Laws, c. 4, § 1; 70 Del. Laws, c. 339, §§ 1-3; 71 Del. Laws, c. 128, §§ 1, 2; 75 Del. Laws, c. 190, §§ 1, 2; 77 Del. Laws, c. 189, § 1; 77 Del. Laws, c. 244, § 1; 77 Del. Laws, c. 316, § 1.;