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Old 10-28-2007, 07:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How to Register an UnRegistered Trailer?

While passing through Minnesota, on my way back to California, I found a Canadian Military trailer for sale on the side of the highway. The price was right, so I bought it.

Problem is that the trailer has never been registered. How do I legally tow it back to California?

Thanks for giving me some direction before I start calling the DMV in the morning.

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Old 10-28-2007, 07:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should be able to get a temporary license for it.
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'd just have the previous owner write up a bill of sale and drag the trailer back home. I can't imagine a police officer giving you any trouble for that.
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Old 10-28-2007, 07:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Normally temporary registration wouldn't be an issue, if I were in california. They seem to have an issue with understanding the concept of leaving the state. Do you know if there is some sort of program in place for issues such as mine?

As far as driving with a bill of sale, last time I bought a trailer, I did exactally that! I was driving from Baja Mexico up to where I was living in Fort Collins, CO. Just over the CO state line the kind highway patrol informed me it was illigal to tow my trailer through the state un-registered. Luckly I got out of that one by being 2 blocks from a DMV. I don't intend on doing that again!
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As has been said, I'd just get a bill of sale and run it. I've drug trailers all over the place without plates on them and never been hassled about it in the past. I would however make sure that all the lights are functional and would be careful to make sure that you don't do anything that would motivate an officer to pull you over.
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Old 10-28-2007, 09:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As has been said, I'd just get a bill of sale and run it. I've drug trailers all over the place without plates on them and never been hassled about it in the past. I would however make sure that all the lights are functional and would be careful to make sure that you don't do anything that would motivate an officer to pull you over.
X2 With a bill of sale you will be ok to haul it home any cop will understand I would make sure it has the date of sale on it
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Old 10-28-2007, 10:07 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Can you get a MN temp registration for it?
Mind you, I don't know if MN uses trailer plates, I know I never, ever see boat trailers from there with plates on 'em up here....
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Old 10-29-2007, 12:32 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I wish it were legal to take a perm trailer plate from your (insert here)trailer back in Ca. and put it on the new trailer. Hell, my m416 doesn't even have a data plate or any serial numbers on the whole thing. Sure would solve things and save time.

When I picked up my trailer in Tx I temp regd in Tx. then regd in Ca.

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If you're planning to hit the DMV in the morning anyway, pick up a temp permit for it.

I can't imadgine any cop giving you trouble for a trailer if you have a dated, addressed bill of sale and a temp permit from the state you bought it in.
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Can you get a MN temp registration for it?
Mind you, I don't know if MN uses trailer plates, I know I never, ever see boat trailers from there with plates on 'em up here....
Boat trailers aren't registered in MN from what I understand (because the boat is registered), but I'm pretty sure that other trailers have to be registered. My buddy lives over in MN and he was trying to describe the trailer laws there and from what he was describing it sounds like a screwed up mess.
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Tell them it is an Oklahoma trailer you are borrowing from you dad. No registration needed .
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Old 10-30-2007, 12:14 PM   #13 (permalink)
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all trailers(with some farm exceptions maybe) are registered in MN. However, if the trailer has a capacity of 3000lbs or less, you can get a permenent registration for it, which is just a sticker on the tounge(for $75)
higher than that, and you need to license it for a weight class, IIRC it's $21 for a 9K plate, $24 for a 12K plate, etc.
For homebuilt, you just need to show them the total cost for building it, so they can charge you sales tax acordingly.

If I was in your shoes, I'd buy it, get a bill of sale, and be on your way..
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