Register a trailer

How do I register my trailer?

In general, the procedures to register and title a light-duty trailer 1 are the same as to register and title a vehicle. However, there are some differences

Please note that all trailers must get an annual safety inspection.

If you use your trailer to tow a boat, be sure to learn how to prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species.


How long are the registrations?

Trailer registrations are for one year with a fixed expiration date of December 31st. One plate and one yearly sticker are issued with the registration document.


What are the trailer registration fees?

The annual fee is $5.39 for each 500 pounds or fraction of 500 pounds, maximum gross weight, with a minimum annual fee of $14.38. The fee is prorated on a daily basis.


Will I be issued a title for my trailer?

It depends. The DMV issues titles for trailers that are

  • over 999 lbs
  • model year 1973 and newer

Trailers under 999 lbs or older than model year 1973 will be issued a transferable registration as proof of ownership.


Do I need special equipment for my trailer?

Yes. See Equipment Required for Trailers (MV-529C).


Does my trailer need to be inspected?

Yes. Your trailer must have an annual safety inspection. A DMV-licensed inspection station that inspects passenger vehicles and other light-duty vehicles can inspect a trailer. The inspector will give you the inspection sticker. Carry the inspection sticker in the vehicle that tows the trailer.

  • 1. Light-duty trailers include boat trailers, ATV trailers and snowmobile trailers, camper trailers, utility trailers and other small trailers.