Horse trailer with no title?

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  1. horseysale

    horseysale Senior Member

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    I am buying another horse trailer. Current owner took the notarized bill of sale & registration card of the trailer to the DMV to get me a title (for replacement titles if they are lost you just need your drivers license & the registration/insurance card for the trailer). The DMV told her the registration card is stamped NON-TITLED vehicle & there's no way to get a title as it weights under 2,500 pounds empty. Does't the title go by GROSS weight?...which this trailer would surely be close to 5,000 pounds with 2 horses on? Now I'm at a loss as I need a title in my state & her state will not give a title since it says 'non-titled vehicle' on the registration. Any ideas?
     






  2. lacy

    lacy Senior Member+

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    I had that problem when we moved here.

    In MI you can get a permenant trailer plate w/o a title. We just took it up to the weight station (it is weighed empty) and they gave me a piece of paper to certify how much it weighs and a plate.

    We moved down to GA and they want a title... I had to go to the DMV, they give you a sticker with some number on it that you are supposed to stick to the trailer. Then schedule for an inspector to come out and match that sticker to the trailer in the books from the other state. Then they will give you a title and a license plate for your state.

    Lol, I never went through it and left my MI plate on there.
     
  3. horseysale

    horseysale Senior Member

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    Ok...so I won't have to bother with her state DMV then... just bring the notarized bill of sale & the current registration card to MY DMV & they'll set me up with what you said?? She went today & got a current registration & new plates for it (she left the old owners on it till today).
     
  4. lacy

    lacy Senior Member+

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    IF they work the same way as GA, then yes. It is up to each state to make their own laws on what they need and what they can do.
     
  5. horseysale

    horseysale Senior Member

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    bump....any other ideas?
     
  6. Taxi Jumper

    Taxi Jumper Senior Member+

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    Call the DMV in your state, see what they say.
     
  7. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Senior Moderator

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    Your state vehicle laws govern this kind of thing. In PA, I have a title for my 5'x9' utility trailer with a 2600lb GVR (2100lb payload capacity). Each state has different regulations.
     
  8. spinandslide

    spinandslide Senior Member+

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    Im kind of confused on this..forgive my ignorance..:)

    Can you register it as a "home made" trailer in your state? They allow this in Texas for "farm tag" vehicles..probably because alot of us bumpkins DO make our own trailers!:p
     
  9. joce

    joce Senior Member+

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    All I had to have was a bill of sale and the slip from the weigh station. For both the horse and boat trailer.
     
  10. CK Drafts

    CK Drafts Senior Member+

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    I might be able to help :) I sale horse trailers as well as other types of trailers. You most certainly need a title. I honestly have NEVER heard of a state that doesn't title trailers. They may not req. a trailer to be registered due to empty/unlaiden weight. But not requiring a title is a first for me. How else will you prove GVWR or Vin# or Ownership? Somethings I need to know before I can help you further is

    Is the trailer homemade or a manufactured trailer?

    Does the trailer have a vin#?

    Also what state is the trailer in and where does it need to be reg/title in?

    Answer those for me and I will be able to get a better answer for you on what to do.
     






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