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When Do You Need to Title and Register Your Trailer?

Date posted: 07/07/2012

by Kathy Teel on
in Registration & Titling

1422 When Do You Need to Title and Register Your Trailer?

In most jurisdictions, state law stipulates that you have thirty days from the purchase to title and register your trailer. Use this as a guideline and not a rule, because state laws always vary.

Be aware that not every state titles and registers trailers; however, not titling and registering a trailer in a state that does require it will result in a penalty, which grows more severe the longer the trailer goes untitled.

What’s a Trailer?

A trailer is any unit carrying property or passengers, attached to and towed by a motorized vehicle.

Typical examples of trailers include:

  • Farm wagons
  • Boat trailers
  • Flat beds
  • Semi-trailers
  • Livestock trailers
  • Campers

Check your state’s trailer definitions; if you’re still unsure, contact your DMV.

Trailer Title and Registration Requirements

To title and register a trailer, the owner will normally have to submit:

  • The properly signed title. Sometimes you can use other proofs of ownership, such as a bill of sale or a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO).
  • A signed application for title and license.
  • Receipts of paid personal property taxes.
  • Proof of trailer insurance, depending on the state.
  • All applicable title and registration fees.

Do you own and travel with a trailer? What did you have to do to title and register it?

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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