Commercial vehicle

We explain the permit requirements for commercial vehicles.


A commercial vehicle is:

  • A truck or other vehicle
  • Used only for picking up or delivering merchandise

To qualify for a commercial vehicle permit, the vehicle cannot have any other use, such as:

  • Private transportation
  • Service work
  • Delivery of equipment used for service work
  • Use by a salesperson to:
    • Drop off displays or samples
    • Take orders
driver sitting in delivery vehicle



Each commercial vehicle must work for a company that has either:

  • Current motor carrier insurance
  • Appropriate insurance as a private carrier

Permit display

The vehicle must have the commercial permit permanently affixed to the vehicle.


  • Affix permits on each side of the vehicle between the wheel well and the front door at wheel height.
  • All permit numbers must correspond to the vehicle license number on the approved application form.
  • If you attach the commercial permit or decal in a way that allows easy removal, the City will suspend the permit.

Company display

The vehicle must properly display the name of the company for which it works.


  • If professionally produced, the sign can be a temporary, such as a magnetic sign.
  • This identification must appear on the front door of both sides of the vehicle.
  • The lettering must be 2 to 2 1/2 inches in height.


The company must:


Apply in person at Traffic & Parking Services


  • $400.00 a year (includes up to five permits)
  • $20.00 a year for each additional permit
  • $12.00 for a temporary 30-day permit
  • $11.00 for a replacement permit

The permit fee is for a 12-month period. Permits expire on their anniversary date.

Permits issued before the last five working days of a month:

  • Include that month.
  • Expire one year from the last day of the previous month.

Permits issued in the last five working days of a month:

  • Will be treated as if they were issued on the first day of the following month.
  • Will expire one year from the last day of the month in which they were issued.

Submit your application

Apply in person at Traffic & Parking Services

If you have questions, contact:

More information


Report concerns about a business


The information on this page should serve only as guidelines. 

Contact us

Traffic & Parking Services

Public Works




ABM Parking Offices
33 North 9th Street
Suite B-50

Minneapolis, MN 55403


10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday


Minneapolis 311


Office hours

7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday – Friday