There are specific requirements for titling and registering trailers in Texas. Registration is always required for a trailer, but the need for a title is based on the trailer weight. If the trailer is over 4,000 pounds gross weight (empty plus carrying capacity) it must be titled, but if it is 4,000 pounds gross weight (empty plus carrying capacity) or less, titling is optional. If the trailer was previously titled, it must continue to be titled.
There are exceptions for farm trailers:
- Title is required if it is over 34,000 pounds gross weight or was previously titled
- Title is optional if it is 34,000 pounds gross weight or less
- Registration is optional if the farm trailer is 4,000 pounds gross weight or less
- Farm trailers are exempt from inspection
You will need to take the following to a county tax office in order to title/register the trailer:
- Evidence of ownership – Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin, title, bill of sale, or out-of-state registration receipt
- Completed Application for Texas Title and/or Registration (Form 130-U)
- Completed Trailer Verification Statement of Fact (Form VTR-141)
Only required if the trailer is being titled and is:
- A new travel trailer or park model trailer
- Any travel trailer or park model trailer last titled/registered out-of-state
- Any homemade trailer being titled for the first time
- Weight Certificate, if applicable
- Required for all out-of-state trailers, unless the empty weight is shown on the out-of-state title or Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin
- Applicant's current driver license or government-issued photo identification
- Proof of current inspection, if applicable
- Inspection is required for trailers over 7,500 pounds gross weight (farm trailers exempt)
- Inspect your trailer at any state inspection station within your county of residence. Look for stations with a TL or TLMC endorsement remark. We recommend contacting the inspection station to confirm they conduct trailer inspections
- Click here to view the inspection criteria for trailers. Proof of insurance for the vehicle pulling the trailer will be required at the time of inspection
- Fees: Contact a county tax office for the exact fee amount and payment methods
Additional information on trailers, including requirements for assembled trailers, can be found here.
Titled trailers require a vehicle identification number. If the trailer does not have a vehicle identification number, more information can be found on the VIN Assignment/Reassignment Process.