Trailer Registration Guide
Trailers registrations are determined by whether or not the trailer will be used for commercial purposes, and on the weight of the trailer (both as certified by the owner). A trailer may be eligible for a regular registration (one, two or five year) or a permanent registration.
Permanent registration will be issued for the following:
- Noncommercial trailers with a declared gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 10,000 lbs or less (one-time $125 registration fee, reduced to $75 if converting a current commercial trailer registration to noncommercial)
- Trailers with a declared GVW of more than 10,000 lbs (one-time $800 registration fee). If previously registered in another state and the model year of the trailer is less than six years old (fee is reduced to $500), if at least six years old (fee is reduced to $195).
Permanent registration is a one-time fee and a PERM license plate tab is issued. There is no annual billing for vehicle license tax or registration fees. If the trailer has a special plate, only the fee for the plate will be billed annually.
The public safety fee is collected at the initial registration and for each transfer of ownership.
The following are not eligible for permanent registration:
- Travel trailer or camper/tent trailer
- Commercial trailer with declared GVW of 10,000 pounds or less
- Historic trailer that is designed for commercial use, but is not used for commercial purposes