The Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is the maximum weight limit that a vehicle can safely carry, as determined by the vehicle’s manufacturer. This weight limit includes the weight of the vehicle itself, plus the weight of any passengers, cargo, and trailer tongue weight (if towing a trailer).
The GVWR is an important safety rating for vehicles, as it helps ensure that the vehicle is not overloaded and can safely operate on the road. Exceeding the GVWR can cause serious safety issues, such as poor braking performance, tire failure, and suspension problems.
The GVWR is typically listed on the vehicle’s safety compliance certification label, which is usually located on the driver’s side door jamb or in the glove box. It may also be listed in the owner’s manual or on the vehicle manufacturer’s website.
It’s important to note that the GVWR is different from the curb weight or the payload capacity of a vehicle. The curb weight is the weight of the vehicle without any passengers, cargo, or other added weight, while the payload capacity is the maximum amount of weight that can be carried in the vehicle without exceeding the GVWR.
It’s important for vehicle owners to understand the GVWR of their vehicles and to avoid overloading their vehicles, as this can pose serious safety risks on the road.
Why is having your GVWR accurately reported to the DMV important? Because not doing so will result in consequences:
Shown below are the annual fees for the respective operating weights.