DMV: Reassignment of Missing Trailer VIN

Reassignment of Missing Trailer VIN

Holiday Closing:  On Friday, October 5, DMV offices will close at 12:30 p.m. to observe the Columbus Day holiday.  Offices will remain closed on Saturday, October 6, and will reopen on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:45 a.m. 

Light-weight camp, utility, and boat trailers are usually sold by the original manufacturer with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) displayed by the Mylar decal or sticker-type label required under the federal motor vehicle safety standards.

But many times, when an older, used trailer is purchased, the VIN cannot be verified at the time of inspection. This is to differentiate from the situation in which a stamped or riveted VIN has been removed.

Note: If, under special circumstances, this standard is applied to a trailer 10,000 lbs. or more gross weight capacity. It should only be used as a guide since these are typically commercial trailers with special requirements.  For trailers 10,000 lbs. or more gross weight capacity, please contact the Vehicle Identification Unit at 860-263-5090.

What to do:

  • The trailer must be accompanied by a valid title or other appropriate proof of ownership dependent on its age, weight, and jurisdiction of prior registration.
  • A properly executed Bill of Sale, (form H-31) which clearly indicates the name and address of both the seller and the buyer and shows the model year and original VIN must be presented.
  • An inspection of the trailer for its VIN must show that the factory VIN is missing or illegible.
  • Once eligibility is established, the purchaser of the trailer will be required to complete an affidavit.

Assignment of VIN for Trailers

After the purchaser of the trailer has fulfilled all of the requirements, a new VIN may be assigned in accordance with the following:

  • Inspection of trailers that require a VIN assignment are performed at a DMV safety inspection location.
  • The newly assigned VIN will be a trailer VIN of the type used for homemade trailers.
  • The assigned VIN will be installed on the tongue portion of the frame by an inspector. If the tongue of the trailer is of the "V" or "Y" shape, the VIN sticker will be installed on the left half. The inspector may advise the new owner of the trailer that he or she may have the new VIN metal stamped in an area adjacent to the VIN sticker.
What it will cost:
  • If the trailer is 3,000 pounds or less GVWR there is no fee.
  • If the trailer is over 3,000 pounds GVWR the cost is $50.

Any trailer with a VIN that appears to have been tampered with will have to be reported to the Vehicle Identification Unit at 860-263-5090 before the trailer can be registered.

Content Last Modified on 4/26/2017 1:17:59 PM