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57-40.3-04: Motor Vehicle Excise Tax

Exemptions. There are specifically exempted from the provisions of this chapter and from computation of the amount of tax imposed by it the following:
 
1. Any motor vehicle acquired by, or leased and in the possession of, a resident disabled veteran under the provisions of Pub. L. 79-663 [38 U.S.C. 3901], a resident disabled veteran who has a one hundred percent service-connected disability as determined by the department of veterans affairs or a resident disabled veteran who has an extra-schedular rating to include individual unemployability that brings the veteran's total disability rating to one hundred percent as determined by the department of veterans' affairs who registers, or is eligible to register, the vehicle with a distinctive license plate issued by the department of transportation under subdivision j of subsection 2 of section 39-04-18. An unremarried surviving spouse who is receiving department of veterans' affairs dependency and indemnity compensation retains the exemption of the deceased, qualifying veteran in this subsection.
 
2. Any motor vehicle owned by or in possession of the federal or state government or a political subdivision thereof or a motor vehicle procured by or on behalf of the North Dakota lottery that is to be awarded as a prize in a game or promotion.
 
3. Motor carrier vehicles in excess of twenty thousand pounds [9071.85 kilograms] gross weight, whether owned or leased, engaged in interstate commerce but only to the extent their fleet miles outside North Dakota bear to their total fleet miles. For the purposes of this subsection, "fleet miles" means those miles reported in accordance with the international registration plan and must coincide with the mileage reporting period required by the plan. For the purposes of this subsection, "motor carrier vehicles" means any vehicles used upon public streets or highways for the purpose of transporting persons or property for commercial purposes. To claim this exemption, the motor carrier's vehicles must be both titled and registered in this state.
 
4. Any motor vehicle transferred without consideration to or from a person within thirty days prior to that person entering into the armed services of the United States or within thirty days after discharge therefrom or while serving in the armed services of the United States; provided the person certifies to the director of the department of transportation that the transfer is made only by reason of entering into, serving in, or being discharged from the armed services of the United States.
 
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a. A motor vehicle acquired by inheritance from, by bequest of, or operation of a trust created by a decedent who owned it;
b. The transfer of a motor vehicle that was previously titled or licensed in the name of an individual or in the names of two or more joint tenants and subsequently transferred without monetary consideration to one or more joint tenants, including a transfer into a trust in which one or more of the joint tenants is beneficiary or trustee;
c. The transfer of a motor vehicle by way of gift between a husband and wife, parent and child, or brothers and sisters, including a transfer into a trust in which the trustor and beneficiary occupy one of these relationships;
d. The transfer of a motor vehicle without monetary consideration into a trust in which the beneficiary is the person in whose name the motor vehicle was previously titled or licensed;
e. The transfer of a motor vehicle to reflect a new name of the owner caused by a business reorganization in which the ownership of the reorganized business remains in the same person or persons as prior to the reorganization, but only if the title transfer is completed within one hundred eighty days from the effective date of the reorganization; and
f. The transfer of a motor vehicle previously transferred under subdivision e which returns ownership to the previous owner; and
g. The transfer of a motor vehicle without monetary consideration from a revocable living trust to the trustor or to the spouse, child, or sibling of the trustor. 6. Motor  vehicles transferred between a lessee and lessor; provided, that the lessee has been in continuous possession of such vehicle for a period of one year or longer, and further provided that the lessor has paid either the tax imposed under section 57-40.3-02 at the time of titling or licensing the vehicle in this state or the use tax imposed by chapter 57-40.2.
 
6. Motor vehicles transferred between a lessee and lessor; provided, that the lessee has been in continuous possession of such vehicle for a period of one year or longer, and further provided that the lessor has paid either the tax imposed under section 57-40.3-02 at the time of titling or licensing the vehicle in this state or the use tax imposed by chapter 57-40.2.
 
7. Any motor vehicle in the possession of and used as a bus exclusively by a nonprofit senior citizens' or handicapped persons' corporation; provided, that such bus may not be used for commercial activities.
 
8. Any motor vehicle that does not exceed ten thousand pounds [4535.92 kilograms] gross weight and which is acquired by, or leased and in the possession of, a permanently physically disabled, licensed driver who is restricted to operating only motor vehicles equipped with special controls to compensate for the disability, or by permanently physically disabled individuals who have either surrendered or who have been denied a driver's license because of a permanent physical disability, provided the individuals obtain from the director of the department of transportation or the director's authorized representative a statement that the individual has a restricted driver's license or has either surrendered or has not been issued a driver's license because of a permanent physical disability; a copy of the statement must be attached to the application for registration of the title to the motor vehicle for which the exemption from tax under this chapter is claimed. Any motor vehicle acquired subject to this exemption must be disposed of either by transfer to another permanently physically disabled person or by a trade-in on another exempt sale or by a transfer involving a sale subject to sales or use tax before another motor vehicle can be acquired subject to the benefits of this exemption clause.
 
9. Any motor vehicle registered under chapter 39-04 for the first time by a person other than a manufacturer of motor vehicles, as defined in section 39-01-01, who assembled the motor vehicle for that person's own use.
 
10. Motor vehicles acquired by, or leased and in the possession of, any parochial or private nonprofit school to be used for the transportation of students; provided, that to qualify a school must normally maintain a regular faculty and curriculum and must have a regularly organized body of students in attendance, and provided that the vehicles are not to be used for commercial activities.
 
11. Any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of at least a class six, seven, or eight chassis, purchased for installation or assembly of heavy duty equipment by a person engaged in the business of installing or assembling the equipment, which when completed forms an integral part of a vehicle, has limited marketability, and is not normally sold to the general public. This exemption applies only when the manufacturer's statement of origin is reassigned to the installer or assembler by a licensed new motor vehicle dealer on a form prescribed by the tax commissioner. The motor vehicle and installed equipment must be sold as a unit when completed. "Heavy duty equipment" includes fuel delivery tanks, refuse bodies, cranes, aerial bucket devices, bus bodies regardless of gross vehicle weight, and digger derricks.
 
12. Motor vehicles acquired through purchase or gift by any nonprofit county and local historical societies that are exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code [26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3)].
 
13. Any motor vehicle acquired by, or leased and in the possession of, a resident who was a prisoner of war and who registers the vehicle with a distinctive license plate issued by the department of transportation under subdivision o of subsection 2 of section 39-04-18. The owner or lessor of the motor vehicle who qualifies for the exemption under this subsection is entitled to a refund of taxes paid under this chapter on acquisition or leasing of the vehicle if the distinctive license plate was acquired not more than sixty days after acquisition or leasing of the vehicle.
 
14. Any motor vehicle acquired by a charitable organization to be awarded as a prize in a raffle conducted in accordance with law if upon registration the motor vehicle will be subject to taxes under this chapter or the motor vehicle is registered in anotherstate.
 
15. A motor vehicle acquired at any location within this state by an individual who resides within the boundaries of any reservation in this state and who is an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian tribe.
 
16. A motor vehicle originally manufactured for use as an ambulance, when purchased by the operator of an emergency medical services operation licensed under chapter 23-27.
 
17. Motor vehicles registered in another state or territory, if the motor vehicle is registered in this state under section 39-04-18.2.