Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby ukewarrior » Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:28 am

I just did a registration with Maine that was quick, easy and had great customer service.

I got 5 years of registration with shipping for $63 total.
That is quite a cost savings over the $40+ /year I would have faced.

My trailer is a 4x8 Harbor Freight build that will weigh less than 1000 lbs.

When navigating their site, they have this option:

My Trailer Weighs 2,000 LBS or less When loaded (GVW) Small trailer (very small trailers)- FOR PERSONAL USE

All I had to do was scan and send in two documents that were included during the sale from harbor freight:
1. The certificate of Origin for a Vehicle
2. The Bill of Sale that showed I had already paid sales tax

All the information I needed to fill in for their forms came from these two documents.

I also wanted to register it to my daughter, so they called me, yes a real human being called me on the phone and told me exactly what I needed to do which was fill out a bill of sale transferring the trailer to my daughter. They even have this form on their website !

Wow. I'm really impressed with the service and the price.

Thanks so much for starting this thread.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Andymanout » Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:55 am

Hopefully this helps those of us that live in Southern California.

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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby QueticoBill » Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:42 pm

Well, I went to the Illinois DMV to try to title and register my Ironton 5 x 8, even had my MCO, receipt, and the forms off the internet filled out, not that the Illinois DMV site is at all helpful or friendly. Of course, they need more info in the MCO filled out by Northern Tools - sure - that'll happen - so I guess it off to Maine. I use to live there.......

No wonder Illinois is going down the tubes.

PS: So I registered it in Maine online - couldn't be easier (I think - don't have plates yet) but also went to Northern Tool and through chat there got an apology that the certificate of origin was indeed incomplete, and that I could mail it to them along with a copy of receipt and they would add their information and sign it. So now hopefully I'll have it for the future incase I ever need it. I'm assuming after 5 year Maine registration I can transfer to Illinois or wherever I'm living then.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby poohquilt » Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:15 am

len19070 wrote:Recently a member from Maryland told me how easy it was to register his trailer.

Since I had never registered my trailer ever anywhere because of the ridiculous Hoops and outrageous Co$ts my state, Pennsylvania wanted me to jump through and pay.

I decided to try to do the right thing and register my trailer taking his advise.

I have been using another tag from another trailer for years.

Well, $21 and 6 days later I had a registration card and tags for 2 years!!

It was almost a Religious experience!


The Sun Came out, the Seas of Red Tape opened, the birds were Chirping...I was finally "Legal!

And how was this Revelation implemented?

By a simple phone Call to the Maine Department of Motor Vehicles.

1 207 624 9000, Ext. 52151

I called this number and spoke to a real live person....in English!

Told them I wanted to register a trailer as a Non-Resident. They took my address and 2 days later I received the forums...by the way the forms were in simple English too.

Filled them out, sent them in with a Check and 6 days later I had tags and an owners card.

They don't care if your from out of state

And they were Happy to do it!

I don't know about you but by the end of my builds my wallet is pretty well emptied and spending a couple Hundred Dollars and a lot of aggravation for a card to carry around in your Wallet just isn't in the cards....THOUGH IT IS A NECESSARY EVIL!

I Hope this Helps!

Happy Trails


Stupid question but when you registered your trailer did you do it as a utility trailer or camper trailer???

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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby jwlambert » Thu Feb 14, 2019 8:11 am

Great news for anyone building their own in Ontario. You can simply register it as a home built at any MTO office, no inspections required or annual licence or tag fees.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Wellcraft290 » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:14 am

does this work for a homemade camper with a frame you build?
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby Aguyfromohio » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:16 pm

It was effortless for us here in Ohio.
Homemade frame, homemade coach.

All they asked for was a certified weight ticket. Mine was 1,468 lbs, as weighed at a local junkyard.
Took the scale ticket to the BMV, paid my 50 bucks, and we have tags.

She asked me the VIN.
I said "one". She wrote it down.
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Re: Easy, Painless and Cheap way to Register your Trailer

Postby rjgimp » Tue Dec 17, 2019 1:56 pm

Aguyfromohio wrote:She asked me the VIN.
I said "one". She wrote it down.

Absolutely brilliant!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

I hope to make it to a Procrastinators Anonymous meeting someday...
just as soon as the steering committee gets around to scheduling one!
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