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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Do I need to register my motorcycle trailer?

I know that in Tennessee I don't need to put a license plate on my trailer; but do I need to register it with the state?


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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 09:06 PM
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The answer is no. But I have tried twice to register my Bushtec. Both times the lady at the clerks office talked me out of it, and giving me a letter to carry showing no registration is necessary even out of state. That being said, I was questioned in Kansas and Colorado about not having a tag. A friend got a ticket in NM for not having a tag.I am still thinking about registering mine just to avoid the hassles.

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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-12-2009, 12:32 AM
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Tejas sucks !! Same price as a car or pickup.. about 25 bucks a year for plates on it... I lived in Oregon (Free) and New Mexico (Free) and moved here like a dummy I don't know yet, but on cars and motorcycles, you have to pass a safety test, Costs about 15 bucks, they just look at your lights and if they work, they give you a sticker.. So at this point, I am going to say it will also need to pass a safety check.



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I live in TN and own several trailers that are not required to be registered. I have chosen to register them. That places them and their VIN#'s in the "System" and takes care of any problem in other states. In TN it is a one-time fee so I say do it.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 10:43 PM
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Here's a related question....

I have a trailer registered in Michigan, with a permanent plate as they use there.

Having moved to Tennessee, I think I'll just leave the Michigan plate on the trailer. The plate won't expire, since it's "permanent", so I'm thinking that should be ok. Tennessee shouldn't care, since they don't even require plates.

Anyone have any thoughts on that?

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I would take your plate off. As a LEO for more than 30 years, we don't like to see people living in one place and vehicles (trailers) registered in another. To much chance of funny business.

Since it is a one time charge to register in TN, I'd just go ahead and do that. That way if it's ever stolen, and then recovered by the police, they can return it to you.

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I checked into this for a boat trailer we had. It was about $90 one time, just like the one put on an 18 wheeler trailer. They transfered me over to the Secretary of State of Tennessee, who said he had been pulled over a couple times in Kentucky for no tag, but after explaining to the cop was sent on with no ticket. He said I could get one, but he never did. Now, that is an adjacent state. I kind of worry about going further away. Oh yeah, the problems of living in a state that doesn't try to license and tax every step you take!

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Registering your trailer also helps if you ever sell it. I bought one in Oklahoma (no license required) and recieved the Certicate of Origin from the previous owner. When I went to register and tag it in Arkansas I was given the runaround by the DMV about it never being registered, and it would have to be treated like a "lost title" vehicle, needing a value assessment by the state, and release by the state troopers. I went to a small local town's revenue office and just gave them an itemized bill of sale along with the certificate, and it was no problem.

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The answer is no. But I have tried twice to register my Bushtec. Both times the lady at the clerks office talked me out of it, and giving me a letter to carry showing no registration is necessary even out of state. That being said, I was questioned in Kansas and Colorado about not having a tag. A friend got a ticket in NM for not having a tag.I am still thinking about registering mine just to avoid the hassles.
I finally put a tag on mine. To me it is worth the money to avoid any hassles while out of state.The clerk gave me a "semi" tag. pay the fee one time and you're done.

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