Commercial Motor Vehicle

A motor vehicle used, designed, or maintained for the transportation of persons or property and either having 2 axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds or 11,793 kilograms, or having 3 or more axles regardless of weight, or that is used in combination, when the weight of the combination exceeds 26,000 pounds or 11,793 kilograms gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight, except for motor vehicles operated by this State or the United States, recreational vehicles, school buses, and commercial motor vehicles operated solely within this State for which all motor fuel is purchased within this State. Vehicles that are exempted from registration, but are required to be registered for operations in other jurisdictions may apply for a motor fuel use tax license and decal under the provisions of the International Fuel Tax Agreement.


A state of the United States, the District of Columbia, or a province or Territory of Canada.

Motor Carrier

Any person who operates or causes to be operated any commercial motor vehicle on any highway within this State.

Motor Vehicles

Motor vehicles as defined by The Illinois Vehicle Code and watercraft propelled by an internal combustion engine.


Any natural individual, firm, trust, estate, partnership, association, joint stock company, joint adventure, corporation, limited liability company, or a receiver, trustee, guardian, or other representative appointed by order of any court, or any city, town, county or other political subdivision in this State. Whenever used in prescribing and imposing a fine or imprisonment or both, the term "person" as applied to partnerships and associations shall mean the partners or members thereof, as applied to limited liability companies the term "person" means managers, members, agents, or employees of the limited liability company, and as applied to corporations the term "person" shall mean the officers, agents, or employees thereof who are responsible for any violation of the Motor Fuel Tax Law.

Additional IFTA-related terms are defined in our MFUT-53, IFTA Carrier Compliance Manual.