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"The term “motor vehicle” means every description of carriage or other contrivance propelled or drawn by mechanical power and used for commercial purposes on the highways in the transportation of passengers, passengers and property, or property or cargo. 18 U.S. Code § 31 - Definitions | US Law | LII / Legal Information Institute"

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    That section of US law is about crimes such blowing up commercial vehicles. The definition distinguished cars and trucks from trains, horses and boats. Licensing is irrelevant to that part of the law. – user6726 Feb 27 '18 at 1:33
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You are required by state law to register and license a personal (or commercial) vehicle because state laws govern vehicle licensing, not the federal government as you cite. See Motor vehicle registration - Wikipedia.

States have the right, well established in case law, to require registration, taxation and insurance for all vehicles on all public roads.

The various websites and "sovereign citizen" arguments on the web that say you don't need to register or license a vehicle are wrong.

In some special cases, states issue waivers for what are known as farm or ranch vehicles driven solely on private property, and those cases may or may not pay taxes or require insurance.

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