Register a trailer
How to register a trailer
- insurance is not required for non-commercial trailers
- there are special requirements to register a custom or homemade trailer
- there are machines and other devices that are similar to trailers or that look like trailers that don't need to be registered (see Trailer-type Vehicles Not Requiring Registration (pdf) (MV-274))
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.
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.
You may also need to pay taxes and plate fees.
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.
See Equipment Required for Trailers (pdf) (MV-529C).
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.