2005 California Vehicle Code Sections 9101-9107 Article 1. Exemptions

VEHICLE CODE
SECTION 9101-9107

9101.  No fees specified in this code, except fees not exempted
under Section 9103, need be paid for any vehicle operated by the
state, or by any county, city, district, or political subdivision of
the state, or the United States, as lessee under a lease, lease-sale,
or rental-purchase agreement that grants possession of the vehicle
to the lessee for a period of 30 consecutive days or more.
9102.  The fees specified in this code except fees for duplicate
plates, certificates, or cards need not be paid for any vehicle owned
by an educational institution of collegiate grade not conducted for
profit and having an enrollment of 5,000 students or more and having
an acreage of 5,000 acres or more, if such vehicle is used for
fire-fighting purposes within the limits of the acreage of such
institution and is operated principally on roads owned by such
institution.
9102.5.  (a) In lieu of all other fees which are specified in this
code, except fees for duplicate plates, certificates, or cards, a fee
of fifteen dollars  ($15) shall be paid for the registration and
licensing of any privately owned schoolbus, as defined in Section
545, which is either of the following:
   (1) Owned by a private nonprofit educational organization and
operated in accordance with the rules and regulations of the
Department of Education and the Department of the California Highway
Patrol exclusively in transporting school pupils, or school pupils
and employees, of the private nonprofit educational organization.
   (2) Operated in accordance with the rules and regulations of the
Department of Education and the Department of the California Highway
Patrol exclusively in transporting school pupils, or school pupils
and employees, of any public school or private nonprofit educational
organization pursuant to a contract between a public school district
or nonprofit educational organization and the owner or operator of
the schoolbus.
   This section does not apply to any schoolbus which is operated
pursuant to any contract which requires the public school district or
nonprofit educational organization to pay any amount representing
the costs of registration and weight fees unless and until the
contract is amended to require only the payment of an amount
representing the fee required by this section.
   (b) When a schoolbus under contract and registered pursuant to
subdivision (a) is to be temporarily operated in such a manner that
it becomes subject to full registration fees specified in this code,
the owner may, prior to that operation, as an alternative to the full
registration, secure a temporary permit to operate the vehicle in
this state for any one or more calendar months.  The permit shall be
posted upon the windshield or other prominent place upon the vehicle,
and shall identify the vehicle to which it is affixed.  When so
affixed, the permit shall serve as indicia of full registration for
the period designated on the permit.  Upon payment of the fees
specified in Section 9266.5, the department may issue a temporary
permit under this section.
   (c) Notwithstanding any other provision, any schoolbus used
exclusively to transport students at or below the 12th-grade level to
or from any school, for an education-related purpose, or for an
activity sponsored by a nonprofit organization shall be deemed to be
a schoolbus for the purposes of this section and shall pay a fee of
fifteen dollars ($15) in lieu of all other fees which are specified
in this code, except fees for duplicate plates, certificates, or
cards.
   (d) This section does not apply to a schoolbus, operated to
transport persons who are developmentally disabled, as defined by the
Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (Division 4.5
(commencing with Section 4500) of the Welfare and Institutions Code),
to or from vocational, prevocational, or work training centers
sponsored by the State Department of Developmental Services.
9103.  No fees specified in this code, except fees for duplicate
plates, certificates, or cards need be paid for any vehicle of a type
subject to registration under this code owned by the United States
or by any state or political subdivision thereof or by any
municipality duly organized under the Constitution or laws of this
state.
9104.  The fees specified in this code except fees for duplicate
plates, certificates, or cards need not be paid for any vehicle of a
type subject to registration under this code owned by a public fire
department organized as a nonprofit corporation and used exclusively
for firefighting or rescue purposes or exclusively as an ambulance,
nor for any vehicle owned by a voluntary fire department organized
under the laws of this state and used exclusively for firefighting or
rescue purposes or exclusively as an ambulance.
9104.5.  The fees specified in this code, except fees for
registration under Section 9250, need not be paid for any vehicle of
a type subject to registration under this code if the vehicle is
owned by a federally recognized Indian tribe and the vehicle is used
exclusively within the boundaries of lands under the jurisdiction of
that Indian tribe, including the incidental use of that vehicle on
highways within those boundaries.
9105.  (a) The fees specified in this code, except fees for
duplicate plates, certificates, or cards, need not be paid for any of
the following vehicles,  that are of a type subject to registration
under this code, and  that are not used for transportation for hire,
compensation, or profit, when owned by any former American prisoner
of war, any disabled veteran, or any Congressional Medal of Honor
recipient:
   (1) Any passenger motor vehicle.
   (2) Any motorcycle.
   (3) Any commercial motor vehicle of less than 8,001 pounds unladen
weight.
   (b) The exemption granted by subdivision (a) shall not extend to
more than one vehicle owned by any former American prisoner of war,
any disabled veteran, or any Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
and is applicable to the same vehicle as described in subdivision (b)
of Section 10783 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
   (c) (1) The department may require any disabled veteran applying
for an exemption under this section to submit a certificate signed by
a physician or surgeon substantiating the disability.
   (2) The department may require any person applying for an
exemption under this section for either of the following reasons to
do any of the following:
   (A) By reason of the person's status as a former prisoner of war,
to show, by satisfactory proof, his or her former prisoner-of-war
status.
   (B) By reason of the person's status of receiving the
Congressional Medal of Honor, to show, by satisfactory proof, that he
or she is a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
   (d) This section shall become operative on July 1, 1999.
9106.  The fees specified in this code, except fees for duplicate
plates, certificates or cards, need not be paid for any vehicle of a
type subject to registration under this code which is operated by the
Civil Air Patrol, when the vehicle has been transferred to the Civil
Air Patrol by the United States Government, or any agency thereof,
if by federal regulation or directive the use of such vehicle is
restricted to defined activities of the Civil Air Patrol, and if by
federal regulation or directive the vehicle must be returned to the
United States Government when no longer required or suited for use by
the Civil Air Patrol.  Such vehicles shall be registered as
otherwise required under this code by the Civil Air Patrol and the
Civil Air Patrol shall display a license plate or plates bearing
distinguishing marks or symbols as specified in this code, which
plate or plates shall be furnished by the department free of charge.
9107.  The weight fees for commercial vehicles specified in Sections
9400 and 9400.1 do not apply to any of the following:
   (a) A vehicle operated by a passenger stage corporation, as
defined in Section 226 of the Public Utilities Code, that is subject
to the jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission, if all of the
following conditions are met:
   (1) The vehicle is operated exclusively on any line or lines
having a one-way route mileage not exceeding 15 miles, and each of
those lines is operated in either of the following areas:
   (A) In urban or suburban areas or between cities in close
proximity.
   (B) Between nonadjacent urban or suburban areas or cities, the
area between which is substantially residential, commercial, or
industrial as distinguished from rural.
   (2) The principal business of the passenger stage corporation is
the operation of vehicles on a route or routes as defined in
paragraph (1).
   (b) A vehicle operated exclusively on any line or lines within the
limits of a single city by a person engaged as a common carrier of
passengers between fixed termini or over a regular route, 98 percent
of whose operations, as measured by total route mileage operated, are
exclusively within the limits of a single city, and who by reason
thereof is not a passenger stage corporation subject to the
jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission.
   (c) Vanpool vehicles.
   (d) A vehicle purchased with federal funds under the authority of
paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of Section 5310 of Title 49 of the
United States Code or Chapter 35 (commencing with Section 3001) of
Title 42 of the United States Code for the purpose of providing
specialized transportation services to senior citizens and
handicapped persons by public and private nonprofit operators of
specialized transportation service agencies.
   (e) A vehicle operated solely for the purpose of providing
specialized transportation services to senior citizens and persons
with disabilities, by a nonprofit, public benefit consolidated
transportation service agency designated under Section 15975 of the
Government Code.


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