RV & Motorhome Registration in Delaware
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Motorhome travel has become a popular recreational activity for many families, individuals, and retirees. If you are a Delaware resident and have a motorhome, recreational vehicle (RV), or travel trailer, you will need to properly title and register the vehicle.
Recreational vehicles can be pretty expensive; you will need to pay attention to lienholder requirements if you have a loan on your travel rig. You will also want to consider the weight of your RV when registering it at the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
You should also inspect your RV before taking a trip to make sure that it is ready for the road. Inspecting your RV is different than inspecting your car because it is taller, longer, and heavier. Some tips to keep in mind when looking over the vehicle include:
- Look for good tire tread.
- Check that all lights are in working order.
- Make sure your cargo is safely stored.
- Check your brakes and brake adjustments.
- Make sure your mirrors are intact and working.
- Look for clear sight lines.
There are many varieties of motor homes and travel trailers. It is your responsibility to make certain your RV is safe for the road. Pre-trip inspections are a great idea any time you leave out with your RV or stop for a roadside rest.
Recreational vehicles can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you financed your RV be sure to include the lienholder when you apply for the Certificate of Title. When the DMV issues your Certificate of Title, it will be mailed to you (or the lienholder, if you have one).
If you're buying a used RV, carefully fill in the buyers section of the Assignment of Title. A dealership will know how to do the paperwork to get the Certificate of Title issued properly.
After you have the RV inspected have the Certificate of Title properly assigned, you are ready to register your motorhome with the Delaware DMV.
The annual fee you pay on an RV is the same as an automobile―$40. However, additional fees do apply to your RV; how much more is based on the vehicle's weight. The first 5,000 lbs. are covered by your $40 fee. Every 1,000 lbs. beyond the first 5,000 will cost $6.40.
The DMV will send you a registration renewal notice 90 days before your vehicle registration expires.
Because the inspection process can take longer for RVs and travel trailers, try to allow plenty of time for the inspection before the registration is due; you may even consider hitting the inspection during the 90 days prior to your registration expiration, if an inspection is required. (Very new vehicles may not require inspection.)Other Topics in This Section