Log book required to drive a truck to new owner?

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by cali-driver480, Apr 11, 2024.

  1. cali-driver480

    cali-driver480 Bobtail Member

    Apr 11, 2024
    Hey everybody, on Friday a friend of mine is buying a truck in Utah. I’m from California and he asked if I can drive it to Cali for him. I was wondering if I’m required to have a logbook for the drive back? New to trucking so I’m not really sure.
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  3. 201

    201 Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
  4. flood

    flood Road Train Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    Technically no... until its licensed as a CMV it not covered by fmcsa..
  5. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

    Dec 18, 2011
    get a log book, log the trip.

    Putting not for hire is meaningless.

    It is a cmv until the title is changed or registered as an RV.
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  6. Grumppy

    Grumppy Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Dec 11, 2010
    West Monroe, La
    A truck....?????? That don't tell us much. We're assuming at this point.

    What's the registration say? How is it Insured? What does it say?
  7. Studebaker Hawk

    Studebaker Hawk Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2010
    NW Indiana
    A Vespa scooter delivering pizzas is a commercial vehicle. Whether you need a log book or a CDL to drive it is an entirely other matter.
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  8. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    One would think it doesn't matter what the vehicle is being bought from out of state. Regardless of previous registration.

    It's not hauling freight. And won't have any numbers. It's nothing more then someone taking his recently purchased vehicle home.

    My last boss routinely bought trailers from other states. And towed them home without logs. Drove semis home too. Without logs.
  9. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    I don’t know, sounds like a farm truck to me. Just because it has a 5th wheel and can pull trailers doesn’t mean it’s a commercial vehicle. Who knows what your friend will use it for, right?

    3 of the 4 trucks I’ve owned since 2011 were purchased out of state. I told my insurance I was getting a truck and drove them back. One from WV to SD, one from PA to SD, and one from MT to SD. No temp permits, no log books, and I had zero issues. The last truck I only had to drive about an hour from the dealer to my house, but it was the same way. People tend to overthink driving a truck home.
  10. unloader

    unloader Road Train Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    And if you don't need it? Toss it in the trash. Cover your ###. If you are driving back a modern tractor reset the the trip log on the tach to match your logs (you want driving hours here). Motive is free and is a lot easier than tearing out a sheet of paper on a log book, but if you wanna keep it old school I ain't gonna argue with it.

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