Register a trailer

How to register a 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.

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.


Fee's

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.


Title for trailer

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.


Special equipment

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


Inspection

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.

 

Do I need insurance for my trailer?

DMV requires insurance for commercial trailers.  This includes agricultural class vehicles and trailers registered with an agricultural registration.

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

Do it at the DMV

Bring your completed registration application and additional documents to a local DMV office.


Make a reservation online before visiting DMV offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties.

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For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.