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Mini Trucks in the USA

How to Import Mini Trucks to the USA

This page compiles some of the key information needed to import a single mini truck, or full container, to the USA such as:

The Import Process
Street Legal Mini Trucks
Off-Road Mini Trucks
Mini Trucks For Sale to the USA

We’ve imported hundreds of mini trucks to the USA in recent years, to registered importers and individuals. We hope this guide makes the process a bit easier. If you have any questions, you can always contact us to learn more.

USA Import Process

1

Purchase and Shipment

2

Customs and Port Clearance

3

Domestic Transport (From port)

4

Registration
(If for street use)

Purchase and Shipment

Minitrucks.net supports you 100% of the way with this step. Our team of experienced buyers inspect all mini trucks before purchase, and our logistics team can organize shipments worldwide. We also translate and prepare all necessary documents for customs clearance. Dereg documents are sent to all parties once the vehicles are paid for and en route to the arrival port.

Customs and Port Clearance

There are two options to handle customs and port clearance:

Customs Broker: Hire a firm to receive and process all paperwork to get the mini truck through customs. This is the safest and easiest way to get your mini truck imported.

Self Submission: Handle all paperwork on your own. This option is possible for anyone and could save you money in customs fees. Services such as Eezy Import can assist with the process. 

We will support you and/or your customs broker with all necessary paperwork and information needed to get your mini truck through customs.

Domestic Transport

If you have a trailer and live close to a major port, then you are free to get your truck directly from the port. Customs brokers can aid in getting clearance to retrieve your vehicle from the port.

If traveling to the port is too far, or you don’t have a trailer, then you would need to arrange domestic transport to the final location. Many transport companies offer port-pickup for individual vehicles.

Local Registration

The final step is registering your mini truck for street use at your local DMV office. This process varies from state to state, and sometimes from person to person. Some differences between Japanese cars and American cars can cause confusion to local staff. For example, mini trucks manufactured in Japan do not have a VIN number. Instead they have a chassis number. As long as you come prepared with all of the required information, with a healthy dose of patience and explanation, you should be able to get your plate and drive down the road in your shiny little truck!

Please note, only 25+ year old mini trucks can be registered for street use in the USA. Please continue reading to see more information about street legal mini trucks in America.

State Effective Date Where Permitted Speed Restrictions Vehicle Classification
Alabama 01/01/2012 Any road except interstate highways 25 mph Mini-Truck
Alaska no state law
Arizona no state law
Arkansas 07/30/09 Roads with a posted speed limit of 55 mph or less, excluding interstate highways and controlled access highways if vehicle is being used exclusively for farm purposes. 55 mph Mini-Truck
California 01/01/07 Only if located on a natural island with an area in excess of 20,000 acres and that is within a county having a population in excess of 4,000,000. (e.g. Catalina Island) No Autoette
Colorado no state law
Connecticut no state law
Delaware no state law
District of Columbia no law
Florida 06/16/09 On roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. 35 mph Mini-Truck
Georgia no state law
Hawaii no state law
Idaho 01/01/09 Local option; roads designated by the Idaho Transportation Board. No Utility Type Vehicle (UTV)
Illinois 08/31/07 On roads with a posted speed limit of less than 35 mph if allowed by local ordinance. 25 mph Neighborhood Vehicle
Indiana 01/01/16 On any road except interstate highways. No Mini-Truck
Iowa no state law
Kansas 07/01/08 On public roads except interstate, federal or state highways; within corporate city limits if allowed under local ordinance. No Micro Utility Truck
Kentucky 6/24/13 Local option No Mini-Truck
Louisiana 08/15/08 On roads with a posted speed limit of 55 mph or less except interstate highways, controlled access highways, or multi-lane divided highways with partial or no control of access. No
Mini-Truck
Maine est. 9/09 On roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. 25 mph Low-Speed Vehicle
Maryland no state law
Massachusetts no state law
Michigan no state law
Minnesota 08/01/09 Local option Local option Mini-Truck
Mississippi no state law
Missouri 08/14/08 local option 45 mph Utility Vehicle
Montana no state law
Nebraska 01/01/11 On any road except interstate highways, freeways or expressways. No Mini-Truck
Nevada no state law
New Hampshire 9/11/10 On roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less located within 25 miles of the registrant's home or place of business. No Low-Speed Utility Vehicle
New Jersey no state law
New Mexico no state law
New York no state law
North Carolina no state law
North Dakota 08/01/07 On any paved road except highways with a posted speed of more than 65 mph. 55 mph Off-Highway Vehicle
Ohio 01/01/17 On roads with a posted speed limit of less than 35 mph if allowed by local ordinance 35 mph Mini-Truck
Oklahoma 11/01/08 On any road except interstate highways. No Mini-Truck
Oregon no state law
Pennsylvania no state law
Rhode Island no state law
South Carolina no state law
South Dakota no state law
Tennessee 07/01/08 On streets where the posted speed limit is less than 40 mph. A county or municipality may prohibit the operation of medium-speed vehicles on any road under its jurisdiction if the governing body of the county or municipality determines that such a prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety. 35 mph Mini-Truck
Texas no state law
Utah 10/01/08 On any road except interstate highways. 50 mph Off-Highway Vehicle or Street-Legal All-Terrain Vehicle
Vermont no state law
Virginia no state law
Washington no state law
West Virginia no state law
Wisconsin no state law
Wyoming 01/01/08 On any road except interstate highways. Must drive on highway shoulder. Multipurpose Vehicle

Source: IIHS

Off Road Mini Trucks in the USA

Did you know you can import brand new mini trucks to the USA directly from Japan?

A little known process allows for trucks that are brand new and up to 20 years old to be imported as off-road vehicles.

Minitrucks.net is one of the only companies that can certify and import mini trucks under 25 years old to the USA. As seen above, some states allow them to be driven on public roads under specific conditions as well.

Models Available For Import as Off Road Mini Trucks

Make Model Years Specifications
Suzuki Every 1999 to Present Non-turbo models only
Suzuki Carry 1999 to Present Non-turbo models only
Mazda Scrum 1999 to Present Non-turbo models only
Daihatsu Hijet 2008to Present Truck, Van and Deck-Van
Mitsubishi Minicab 1999 to Present Truck, and Van Models
Nissan Clipper 1999 to Present NT100 Truck and NV100 Van

Mini Trucks For Sale to the USA

Take a look through our inventory to see what we have available for the USA. Or you can let us know if you’re looking for something specific.