Registration is required for all non-farm trailers operating on public highways. Registration and titling requirements vary according to trailer type and weight. Most utility trailers fall into two categories:
- Manufactured (built by a trailer manufacturer)
- Homemade (built by an individual in their garage or shop)
In addition, trailers are categorized by
- Gross weights (the trailer weight plus the weight it can carry) under
- Over 4,000 lbs.
Determine the Type of Trailer You Have
Start by looking on the trailer tongue. This is where you are most likely to find the manufacturer’s name, which confirms you have a manufactured trailer. If you do not know whether the trailer is manufactured or homemade, it must be inspected by an auto theft law enforcement officer. To find the nearest inspection location with an auto theft law enforcement officer, contact your local county tax assessor-collector office or TxDMV Regional Service Center.
Trailers with a gross weight exceeding 7,500 lbs. must pass an annual safety inspection.
In some cases, you may be asked to provide additional information such as:
- Weight Certificate
- Photograph of trailer
For information about all required documentation and fees, contact your county tax assessor-collector office.