Written by: Timothy Fitzgerald
05/07/2010 6:05 PM
I live in NY State, do I need to register my (RV) trailer?
Dear Trailer Owner,
The short answer is yes, trailers must be registered in the State of New York. Simply follow the steps below in order and you should be registered (in New York State) and ready to hit the road in no time.
When buying a used or new trailer there are one of three scenarios that you will be faced with; 1) buying a new trailer from a dealer, 2) buying a used trailer from a dealer, and 3) A private used trailer sale from a non-DMV licensed dealer. In each scenario when you buy or receive your trailer, make sure that the legal owner of the vehicle can give you acceptable proof of ownership.
1. I bought a new trailer from a dealer
Source: NY State DMV - for further information please contact New York State DMV directly.
2. I bought a used trailer from a dealer
3. I bought a used trailer from a from another person in a private sale
All trailer registration stickers expire on December 31st and are pro rated to the day you register your trailer e.g if you register your trailer on October 1st you will be charged for 3 months. Also, the cost of the registration is based on the loaded weight of the trailer. This is a little different if you happen to be in California or Florida.
More information to help you out
Our 'Round the Campfire question comes from a trailer owner in New York State. As such we have contacted the NY DMV to investigate. We also recognize that each state has slightly different registration requirements for trailers. Here is a brief roundup for trailer owners in California and Florida. For other states, please contact your DMV directly.
California - In California trailers that do not exceed 16 feet in overall length and 8 feet in width may register as a Permanent Trailer Identification. The fee for this Identification is $10 every five years.
If a trailer exceeds 16 feet in overall length or 8 feet in overall width (measured from foremost point of trailer hitch to the rear extremity of the trailer body, and where a trailer telescopes out), it must be registered as a "trailer coach." Trailer coaches require annual registration fees, just like an automobile.
Source: California DMV - for further information please contact California DMV directly.
Florida - If the trailer is non-powered and is less than 6 feet in length, it is not required to be registered or titled. However, if the non-powered trailer is 16 feet or more in length it is required to be registered and titled.
Source: Florida DMV - for further information please contact Florida DMV directly.
For additional information be sure to visit your state's DMV website.
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