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Old 02-05-2008, 09:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Trailer registration in CA?

Does anyone know the requirments on getting a custom trailer registered in california?
I was told by AAA that i would have to take it to the CHP for VIN assignment but before i do that i want to make sure that what i built is within the requirments.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:51 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't believe you need to take it to the CHP. Look at Vehicle Code Sections 5014 and 5014.1.
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http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc5014.htm

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc5014_1.htm
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:29 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yup,you take it to the DMV,the guy asks you a couple of questions,like what it cost to build it,who did all your tattoos,where do you hang out at,what your sign is,and if you've ever been to Frisco and then he hands you a slip with a 7 digit number written in pen in the back and sends you on your way...Something didn't seem quite right though.
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Old 02-05-2008, 11:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Seriously though,mine was custom made and I went to the DMV and dude asked what it cost to build it and checked the lights and everything,put a sticker with the VIN on it and I went and paid for the registration.I think it was something like $55,it was about 4 years ago.
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Old 02-05-2008, 03:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Seriously though,mine was custom made and I went to the DMV and dude asked what it cost to build it and checked the lights and everything,put a sticker with the VIN on it and I went and paid for the registration.I think it was something like $55,it was about 4 years ago.

Thanks man! did you put brakes on your trailer?

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I don't believe you need to take it to the CHP. Look at Vehicle Code Sections 5014 and 5014.1.
Went to dmv today with copies of 5014 and 5014.1 hoping thats all that would be needed but they said i do have to go to the CHP for a freakin VIN assignment and then return back to dmv for the registration.
I cant get a chp vin appoinment until april 11 so it looks like i will be towing it to TDS and moab without plates.
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Can you go to any CHP office for the Vin inspection? If so, I might have an "in" at the San Bernardino office.
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pretty much you take it to the dmv. and they would check the lights works bla blah blah. I don't remember what else they ask. I did it to mine like 5 years ago

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Can you go to any CHP office for the Vin inspection? If so, I might have an "in" at the San Bernardino office.
I am not sure on that.
They gave me a 1-800 number to call for the chp. When I called they asked me what county i lived in and made me an appointment.
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I didnt build my trailer with brakes so i am not sure if that is a CHP requirment. When i bought my axles the place was out of axles with already installed brakes so i just bought 2 of the regular 3500lbs axles.
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I've built a few trailers and registered them in CA in the last year and have never had to go to CHP to get a vin. Also the cost is only $20 if you've already paid tax on the materials, if not you can expect to pay tax on whatever you declare the materials to be worth.YMMV
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I am not sure on that.
They gave me a 1-800 number to call for the chp. When I called they asked me what county i lived in and made me an appointment.
Try the DMV again and talk with a supervisor. If you hit another brick wall, pm me and I will make a call to the local connection.
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Try the DMV again and talk with a supervisor. If you hit another brick wall, pm me and I will make a call to the local connection.
Thanks man, I am going to wait a couple of weeks and go back and try it again. I already missed work today and yesterday over this.
I dont need the trailer until TDS so i have a little time.
The trailer is sweet, all new axles, wheels, tires, lights, electrical and painted! all it needs is a license plate and i am done!!
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Yeah, just hit the DMV again. I've done quite a few trailers, sometimes 3 in one day. Never had to go to CHP.
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