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.

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.

StateEffective DateWhere PermittedSpeed RestrictionsVehicle Classification
Alabama01/01/2012Any road except interstate highways25 mphMini-Truck
Alaskano state law
Arizonano state law
Arkansas07/30/09Roads 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 mphMini-Truck
California01/01/07Only 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)NoAutoette
Coloradono state law
Connecticutno state law
Delawareno state law
District of Columbiano law
Florida06/16/09On roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less.35 mphMini-Truck
Georgiano state law
Hawaiino state law
Idaho01/01/09Local option; roads designated by the Idaho Transportation Board.NoUtility Type Vehicle (UTV)
Illinois08/31/07On roads with a posted speed limit of less than 35 mph if allowed by local ordinance.25 mphNeighborhood Vehicle
Indiana01/01/16On any road except interstate highways.NoMini-Truck
Iowano state law
Kansas07/01/08On public roads except interstate, federal or state highways; within corporate city limits if allowed under local ordinance.NoMicro Utility Truck
Kentucky6/24/13Local optionNoMini-Truck
Louisiana08/15/08On 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
Maineest. 9/09On roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less.25 mphLow-Speed Vehicle
Marylandno state law
Massachusettsno state law
Michiganno state law
Minnesota08/01/09Local optionLocal optionMini-Truck
Mississippino state law
Missouri08/14/08local option45 mphUtility Vehicle
Montanano state law
Nebraska01/01/11On any road except interstate highways, freeways or expressways.NoMini-Truck
Nevadano state law
New Hampshire9/11/10On roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less located within 25 miles of the registrant's home or place of business.NoLow-Speed Utility Vehicle
New Jerseyno state law
New Mexicono state law
New Yorkno state law
North Carolinano state law
North Dakota08/01/07On any paved road except highways with a posted speed of more than 65 mph.55 mphOff-Highway Vehicle
Ohio01/01/17On roads with a posted speed limit of less than 35 mph if allowed by local ordinance35 mphMini-Truck
Oklahoma11/01/08On any road except interstate highways.NoMini-Truck
Oregonno state law
Pennsylvaniano state law
Rhode Islandno state law
South Carolinano state law
South Dakotano state law
Tennessee07/01/08On 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 mphMini-Truck
Texasno state law
Utah10/01/08On any road except interstate highways.50 mphOff-Highway Vehicle or Street-Legal All-Terrain Vehicle
Vermontno state law
Virginiano state law
Washingtonno state law
West Virginiano state law
Wisconsinno state law
Wyoming01/01/08On 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

MakeModel YearsSpecifications
Suzuki Every1999 to PresentNon-turbo models only
Suzuki Carry1999 to PresentNon-turbo models only
Mazda Scrum1999 to PresentNon-turbo models only
Daihatsu Hijet2008to PresentTruck, Van and Deck-Van
Mitsubishi Minicab1999 to PresentTruck, and Van Models
Nissan Clipper1999 to PresentNT100 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.