Registering a Homemade Trailer
If you're interested in registering a homemade trailer, the first step is to contact your local Louisiana State Police Troop
to arrange for an inspection. After the inspection, the trooper will issue a vehicle identification number (VIN) that will allow you to complete the rest of the registration process at a local OMV. You are required to obtain a VIN, because this number is what uniquely identifies your trailer.
The OMV will collect between $5 and $10 for the VIN assignment, depending on where it was issued. The title fee for your homemade trailer is $18.50, plus an $8 handling fee. The OMV will typically charge between $10 and $25 for license plates, depending upon the type of trailer.
Boat trailer and utility trailer registrations are valid for four years. You must renew all other trailer registrations annually. As a courtesy, the OMV will send you a reminder notice in the mail shortly before your registration is set to expire.
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