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How do I Return Apportioned License Plates in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, commercial vehicles used for interstate travel must have apportioned registrations and apportioned license plates from the Department of Transportation. The registration allows the driver to travel interstate without trip permits from each state on the route. When you decide to take the truck out of your fleet or end interstate travel, you must return the license plates to the Department of Transportation. If you return the plates before May, you will not be billed for the following renewal year.

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You can get a refund from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation if you have not signed the apportioned registration card or used the registration sticker.

Step 1

Complete Form MV-552A if you are deleting a vehicle from your apportioned account but not canceling your account altogether. You will need to provide information such as your name, address, phone number, license number and account number. In the section titled “Deletions,” provide the equipment number, vehicle identification number, and plate number. Also, provide the name of your insurance company, policy number, issue date and expiration date.

Step 2

Write a letter to notify the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation if you are canceling your apportioned account. Include identifying details of your account, such as your name, the account number and the vehicle identification numbers of the trucks registered in your account.

Step 3

Remove the apportioned license plates from your vehicle. You must return both plates to avoid being billed for the following year.

Step 4

Take the license plates, with Form MV-552A or your letter, to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. You could also mail the plates and documents to PA Department of Transportation Commercial Registration Section Bureau of Motor Vehicles P.O. Box 68286 Harrisburg, PA 17106-8286

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