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?