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Find Out How to Title and Register Your RV or Motorhome

Date posted: 07/07/2012

by Kathy Teel on
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1425 Find Out How to Title and Register Your RV or Motorhome

Federal and state laws stipulate that you must title and register recreational vehicles and motorhomes, just as you would any other vehicle.

The exact process and amount you must pay, however, all varies from state to state. Some states charge fees based on the vehicle’s size and weight; others charge according to the model year. Some adjust the fees based on whether the RV uses diesel fuel.

Your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) or other state motor vehicle registration agency can help you title and register your specific RV or motorhome, but we can get you pointed in the right direction.

Motorhomes and Recreational Vehicles Defined

States commonly use the terms “recreational vehicle” (or “RV”) and “motorhome” interchangeably. Generally, these types of vehicles are identified by their living spaces and the kinds of amenities usually found in a house.

Though RVs are sometimes referred to as campers, a camper is considered a trailer when it is carried behind a motorized vehicle.

Check your state’s definition of recreational vehicles; if you’re still unsure how to categorize your vehicle, contact your DMV.

RV and Motorhome Title and Registration Documents

Again, the exact process will depend on your state, but be prepared to show:

  • The properly signed title or some other proof of ownership. Depending on your state, this might be a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or bill of sale.
  • A signed application for title and registration. Many states provide title and registration forms online.
  • Receipts of paid personal property taxes.
  • Proof of auto insurance.
  • All applicable title and registration fees.

NOTE: Some states might require smog checks before they’ll register RVs and motorhomes.

Do you have a recreational vehicle or motorhome? How did you title and register it?

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About Kathy Teel

Kathy Teel is a freelance writer and editor, a sometime college instructor, and a perpetual student. She has written extensively in the areas of local law, business, politics, addiction and recovery, marriage and sexuality, parenting, education, and religion and spirituality. She is a founding member of her town’s community theatre and works with learning disabled children in her local school. She makes her home in Missouri with her husband, another writer/ editor/ student/ actor, and her three incredibly talented children. Kathy has been writing for a living since 2006, and would love to consider new projects. Contact her at More articles by Kathy Teel

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