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Tractor number plates in the USA

Are they required in the USA

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#1 Michael Halsall

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:11 PM

I have noticed in the US that tractors with obvious number plates are a rarity.
I have been told they have tractor number plates in Texas, what about other stares?

Are number plates only required in urban areas?

In my part of the world, Australia, any piece of farm machinery driven on public roads has to display number plates.

Road driven tractors, combines, forklift trucks and telehandlers etc all display number plates here.
There is a seperate "Primary Producer" number plate issued to farm vehicles and a special "H" (Historic) or "CH" (Classic Historic) plates for antique vehicles used for parades and displays etc.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:20 PM

In New Zealand, if it is on public roads tractors, and engine powered implements (combine harvesters etc) must have number plates and the driver must have the appropriate drivers license (car license for tractors etc but tracklayer category for crawlers) If the tractor can travel at more than 30 kph (about 20 mph) then it must also have a "warrant of fitness" (road worthiness: covers steering, wheel bearings, lights, brakes, tyres etc) which is valid for 6 months. You can tow farm implements behind (up to 12 feet (3.6m) wide) the tractor but in theory not behind other vehicles such as pick-ups, as the implements do not meet the rules for trailers or have registration (number) plates and warrants of fitness.
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Posted 24 April 2012 - 09:58 PM

I can only speak for Mo, but we dont require license plates on our tractors. Im pretty sure none of the US requires them, but I could be wrong. I was told by an old DOT officer that anything under 45mph doesnt have to have a license plate, so Im thinking that is the general rule for all over the US... The only requirement is an SMV sign and or flashers.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:04 PM

Here in Indiana there not required , but let some pollatition figure out away to make money off them and there will be.

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:46 PM

Not in South Dakota either.


#6 Art From DeLeon

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 05:52 AM

Not required in Texas. (Here in Colorado, they are NOT required either, but since this is the home of legalized marijuana, some yuppie or California transplant will, at some point, raise the issue.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:13 AM

not required in illionios but a while back i did hear a rumor that they were gonna make it that you had to have a cdl to drive one on the road. hope im wrong tho

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 06:28 AM

In Ontario you must be 14 to cross a road to another field I think and at 16 can drive on the road, must have have just a slow mover sign and have not had your Canadian drivers licence revoked. Legal to drive a tractor without a drivers licence but if you have lost it, you must walk... Lol

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 07:17 AM

Back in the 70's Indiana required tractors on the highway hauliing grain to the elevator to have plates. Some did and some did not. We did just one tractor to be safe.

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Posted 25 April 2012 - 11:04 AM

think our county highway dept has a tractor with a plate on it, never seen the tractor away from the garage area except when it is across the road at a tire shop getting a tire fixed. i have seen it at the county garage with a mower behind it, or hooked up to a generator in the winter other wise i have never seen it doing actual work.