Is trailer registration required?

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Yes, in most states. Check to see if you need to register your trailer by viewing this guide.

Even though trailer registration may be required in your state, sometimes not every type of trailer needs to be registered. So, you might want to ask your state's motor vehicle agency before heading to the branch office. In most cases, the trailer registration process is similar to that of a car registration.

Also, if you have to register your trailer, there's a good chance you'll need to title it, too. You can usually handle this at the DMV at the same time.

Registration Required Registration Not Required
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Connecticut
x
Delaware
x
Florida
x
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
Illinois
x
Indiana
x
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Registration is required only on some trailers; it depends on the trailer's type and weight
Kentucky
x
Registration is required if the trailer will be used outside the state
Louisiana
x
Maine
x
Maryland
x
Registration is required only on some trailers; it depends on the trailer's type and weight
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Minnesota
x
Mississippi
x
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
New Hampshire
x
Registration is required only for some trailers; it depends on the trailer's weight and age
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
New York
x
Registration is required only for some trailers
North Carolina
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Registration is required only if the trailer will be used for commercial purposes
Oregon
x
Registration is required only for some trailers
Pennsylvania
x
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Registration is required only for some trailers
Tennessee
x
Registration is required if the trailer will be used outside the state
Texas
x
Registration is required only for some trailers
Utah
x
Registration is only required for trailers weighing over 750 pounds
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Washington
x
West Virginia
x
Wisconsin
x
Registration is only required for trailers weighing over 3,000 pounds
Wyoming
x
Washington DC
x

Visitor Comments

  • Posted by Anonymous on June 28th, 2010

    This isn't entirely correct. In Kansas, a trailer does not need to be registered if the weight of the trailer and boat is less than 2,000 pounds. If greater than 2,000 pounds, the trailer must be registered.

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