DMV: Requirements for the Registration of a Camp Trailer

Registration of a Camp Trailer       

A trailer for personal use (i.e., boat trailer, utility trailer, snowmobile trailer, etc.) is registered as a Camp Trailer. See section below concerning Tow Dollies.

New manufactured trailer:

To register a new manufactured trailer you will need the following:

  1. Bill of Sale (form H-31) identifying the trailer must include the buyer and seller information, purchase price, year, make, body style, and vehicle identification number (VIN) of trailer. Connecticut licensed dealers must complete the appropriate area on the application for registration and certificate of title. 
  2. Certificate of Origin properly assigned from dealer or manufacturer to the new owner. If the trailer was purchased from a retail store and the gross weight rating of the trailer is 3,000 pound or less the Certificate of Origin does not need to be assigned, however, a register receipt will be required.  .
  3. Completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13). Download the form, fill out online, and print to bring with you.
  4. Identification will be required to register a trailer. Please see list of Acceptable Forms of Identification
  5. Fees (see acceptable forms of payment):
  • Registration fee - $19 to $22.50 (depending on month registered).
  • Title fee - $25 plus $10 for each lien-holder listed. (if the GVWR is more than 3,000 lbs.).
  • Safety plate fee - $5.
  • Sales tax will be 6.35 percent for vehicles purchased at $50,000 or less.  In addition, the sales tax will be 7 percent for vehicles over $50,000.  Credit will be given if tax was paid to a retail store as shown on the register receipt, or to a Connecticut licensed dealer and the appropriate area is completed on the application for registration (form H-13).

Used manufactured trailer:

To register a used manufactured trailer you will need the following:

  1. Bill of Sale  (form H-31) or dealer invoice identifying the trailer must include the buyer and seller information, purchase price, year, make, body style, and *VIN of trailer.
  2. If previously registered in Connecticut and the GVWR is 3,000lbs or less proof of CT registration is required. If the trailer was previously registered out-of-state a VIN verification will be required.
  3. Title properly assigned if GVWR is over 3,000 lbs. and 1981 or newer.
  4. Completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13). Download the form, fill out online, and print to bring with you. 
  5. Identification will be required to register a trailer. Please see list of Acceptable Forms of Identification.
  6. The trailer may require a safety inspection or VIN verification:
  • If the GVWR of the trailer is over 10,000 lbs. an inspection is required. The inspection of the trailer is done at a DMV Safety Inspection Station.
  • If the trailer was previously registered out-of-state, a VIN verification is required. 

A 10-day temporary registration will be issued to bring the vehicle to inspection. The cost of the temporary plate is $21 for 10 days.

*If the trailer does not have a VIN or if the VIN is missing, an inspection will be required, no fee, and a VIN will be assigned. Please see Reassignment of Missing Trailer VIN and Assignment of VIN for Trailers for more information. There is a $50 fee for the new VIN if the trailers GVWR is over 3,000 lbs.

Fees (see acceptable forms of payment):

  • Registration fee - $19 to $22.50 (depending on month registered). See acceptable forms of payment.
  • Title fee - $25 and $10 for each lien-holder listed. (if the GVWR is over 3,000 lbs. and 1981 or newer).
  • Safety plate fee - $5.
  • Sales tax will be 6.35 percent for vehicles purchased at $50,000 or less.  In addition, the sales tax will be 7 percent for vehicles over $50,000. Credit will be given if tax was paid to a Connecticut licensed dealer and and the appropriate area is completed on the application for registration (form H-13).  
  • Administrative fee - $10, if the vehicle was previously registered out of state or if the vehicle requires a DMV inspection. 

A 10-day temporary registration will be issued to bring the vehicle to inspection. The cost of the temporary plate is $21 for 10 days. Sales tax is collected at the time the temporary plate is issued.

New Homemade Trailer:

To register a trailer that you have made (homemade), you will need the following:

  1. Receipts for the parts/items that were used to make the trailer. Please see Classification of Trailers as Homemade for more information.
    Completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13). Download the form, fill out online, and print to bring with you. Vehicle information should identify the trailer being registered (i.e.: year-2010, make-Homemade, body style-boat trailer). A VIN will be assigned at time of inspection.
  2. Identification will be required to register a trailer. Please see list of Acceptable Forms of Identification
  3. An Affidavit of Ownership (form H-115) must be completed. An Affidavit of Ownership (form H-115) must also be completed when prior ownership cannot be determined.

Inspection:

A safety inspection is required for all homemade trailers. Please see Inspection of Trailers for more information. A VIN will be assigned to the trailer. Please see Assignment of VIN for Trailers for more information. There is a $50 fee for the assigned VIN if the GVWR of the trailer is over 3,000 lbs.

A 10-day temporary registration will be issued for inspection purposes. The cost of the temporary plate is $21 for 10 days.

Fees (see acceptable forms of payment):

  • Registration fee - $19 to $22.50 (depending on month registered).
  • Title fee - $25 and $10 for each lien-holder listed. (if the GVWR is over 3,000 lbs.).
  • Safety plate fee - $5.
  • Sales tax will be 6.35 percent for vehicles purchased at $50,000 or less.  In addition, the sales tax will be 7 percent for vehicles over $50,000. Credit will be given if tax was paid on items when purchased. 
Used Homemade Trailer:

Same requirements apply as listed above for Used Manufactured trailer.

Note: If the trailer is being registered to a minor (16 or 17 years old), parental consent and special financial responsibility insurance are also required.

Tow Dollies:

A tow dolly is exempt from the registration requirements of chapter 246 of the Connecticut general statutes. A "tow dolly" means a two-wheeled trailer without motive power that is towed by a motor vehicle, that is designed and used to tow another motor vehicle, and upon which the front or rear wheels of the towed motor vehicle are mounted while the other wheels of the towed motor vehicle remain in contact with the ground. These types of trailers are often rented, and therefore move from state to state.





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