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A bus may be registered as a for-hire bus (formerly referred to a commercial bus) or a not-for-hire bus based on how the vehicle is used.
A bus that is used to carry passengers or operated for compensation must be registered as a for-hire bus and appropriate weight classification.
A bus that meets the following use type must be registered as a not-for-hire bus:
A not-for-hire bus, excluding a school bus, must be registered as a private bus if the vehicle is designed to transport more than 14 passengers and is used by any of the following:
Proof of a completed safety inspection must be provided to the BMV on the Certificate of Passed Private Bus Safety Inspection – State Form 55962 is required to register a private bus.
All school buses, including school buses owned by Municipal School Corporations and special purpose buses are required to have a safety inspection completed by the Indiana State Police (ISP). For more information on title and registration requirements please visit:
Registration Fee and Taxes
The cost of a standard bus license plate includes a registration fee and county and municipal tax (except church bus and school bus).
This plate can be ordered at BMV license branches and full/partial service providers. You will receive the plate in the mail within 14 days.
For information or questions related to school bus conversion or safety inspections please visit:
Your plate must have stickers showing the day, month, and year of your next registration renewal. Indiana law prohibits license plate frames or covers that obscure stickers, text, or numbers on your plate.