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Weight Distance Farm Truck

Identical in concept to the regular Weight Distance plate described on the Weight Distance page, this plate is intended for trucks used primarily on farms, ranches and farm-to-market roads. It has replaced the earlier Farm Truck plate. The Weight Distance Farm Truck plate has been issued in various configurations since about 1980, with a common characteristic being a prefix or suffix of WDFT or WDF. Beginning in the early 1990s the embossed words “WT. DIST. FARM TRUCK” were added to the plate. Registration fees are calculated in essentially the same manner as described above for the regular Weight Distance plate.

Weight Distance and Weight Distance Farm Truck plates came about not as a result of an Act of the legislature, but through an administrative decision made by the State Transportation Department regarding vehicles exceeding 26,000 lbs. In October 1979 it was announced that while the Motor Vehicle Division would continue to title such vehicles, the responsibility for annual registration would be transferred to the Motor Transportation Division. Concurrent with this change, the registration certificates issued by the MVD would be replaced by the Cab Cards issued by the MTD, with the latter serving the same purpose. The change was officially effective January 1980, at which time the new Weight Distance and Weight Distance Farm Truck plates replaced the existing plates previously in use on these vehicles. Notwithstanding the January 1980 effective date, a very few 1979 Weight Distance plates are known to have been in use, with some surviving today, none of them known to have serial numbers higher than about 01200. [Deming Headlight, October 31, 1979]


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