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Passenger Vehicle Transportation (PVT) and You

Starting July 1, 2014, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission will be implementing the “Passenger Vehicle Transportation (PVT) Initiative.” This initiative is part of the State of New Jersey’s effort to become more business friendly by providing a clearer picture to law enforcement and general public and to streamline government to work for you. This initiative creates seven (7) new vehicle plates and a simplified Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity process for the Commercial Bus Community.

Over the years, the means of providing passenger transportation has evolved from the traditional commercial bus, taxicab and limousine services to include the non-traditional transportation provided by nursing homes, adult care centers, retirement villages, medical liveries, recreational (outfitters) transports, hotel buses and other transport services.

As of July 1, 2014, Passenger Vehicle Transportation (PVT) vehicles will be required to be registered with special service-specific license plates.  This program will be implemented on a phased-in basis.  All PVT vehicles will be required to be re-plated with the appropriate PVT plates at the time of renewal. All PVT vehicles being registered for the first time will be required to be plated with the appropriate PVT plate. 

These vehicles include:

  • Omnibus 2 (New Category)
  • Ambulances
  • Hotel Buses
  • Jitneys
  • Mobility Assistance Vehicles
  • Paratransit
  • Taxicabs

As part of the "PVT and You" program:

  • The registration fees and insurance coverage requirements will not increase.
  • Vehicles will be required to be brought annually to a State Inspection Facility or an MVC licensed Private Inspection Facility to:
    • Be inspected for the applicable emission test
    • Be examined for mechanical defects
    • Meet all applicable Federal Motor Carriers Safety Standards
  • Vehicles that currently qualify for “no fee” registration will continue to receive “no fee” registration, however, their plates will designate their “use” rather than “no fee” (NF).

In order to initially register or renew the registration of a PVT vehicle, you must submit all of the following documentation at any NJ Motor Vehicle Agency:

  • Required documentation for the vehicle being registered (see below for details).
  • A completed MVC vehicle registration form.   
  • Vehicle registration.
Vehicle Type  Required Documentation
Omnibus 2 (New Category) Omni

A Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) which can be obtained by mail from the MVC Omnibus 2 Unit.

Application forms (Omnibus 2 Information) are available in the "Related Links” section at the top of page. The phone number for the Omnibus 2 Unit is 609-777-4186.

Ambulances
amb

Must submit provider license issued by the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH), Emergency Medical Services for Basic Life Support Ambulance.

or

New service providers will submit a “New Provider Application Letter” from the DOH.

Volunteer Rescue Squad must submit a certification from the governing body of political subdivision in which the squad is located, certifying that the squad provides Basic Life Support Services to the municipality and its' ambulance and ambulance equipment are qualified to perform emergency medical services as prescribed under N.J.S.A. 27:5F-13.1 through 27:5F-27.

Hotel Buses
hotel

Letter from hotel, inn or motel on company letterhead requesting that the vehicle be registered as a “hotel bus” and issued a US DOT number (if applicable). Letter must contain a full description of the vehicle and include the make, model, model year and vehicle identification number.

Jitneys 
jitneys

Must submit a letter or certificate from the local municipality or municipalities in which they operate stating that the vehicle or vehicles meet the minimum liability insurance required by law.

Mobility Assistance Vehicles
mobility
Must submit a provider license issued by the New Jersey Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services.
Paratransit
paratransit
Must present a paratransit certification that the organization operates paratransit vehicles as prescribed under N.J.S.A. 48:4-1. The paratransit certification form can found at the top of the page with the related links. Form must be completed and signed by an officer of the organization.
Taxicabs
taxi
Must submit a letter or certificate from the local municipality or municipalities granting authority to operate as taxi.