RV & Motorhome Registration in Delaware
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Motor-homing has become a popular recreational activity for many families, individuals, and retirees. If you have a motor home or travel trailer that you use for recreational travel you will need to register your vehicle in Delaware.
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 Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Inspecting your RV is different than your car because it is taller, longer, and may even be towed. Some tips to keep in mind when submitting to inspections 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 want to include two owners on the new Certificate of Title, 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 the inspection and the Certificate of Title, you are ready for registration. 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 its weight.
The first 5,000 pounds are covered by your $40 fee. Every 1,000 pounds beyond the first 5,000 will cost $6.40. For example, if your motor home weighs 25,000 pounds you would pay the DMV $6.40 times 20 for the 20,000 pounds in excess of the first 5,000 pounds; $128 beyond your annual $40 registration fee.
The DMV will send you a registration renewal notice 90 days before your registration expires.
Renewing your registration is easily done at any DMV office. Because the inspection process can take longer on RVs try to allow plenty of time; you may even consider hitting the inspection lane during the 90 days prior to your registration expiration.
Not all vehicles require an inspection to renew registration, though; if your vehicle is very new, it may fall into this category allowing you to renew by mail.
Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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