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Old 07-02-2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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how to file for a lost trailer title?

I Want to buy this trailer from a guy but he has no title. He claims he lost or never received it from a gentlemen in Katy. My question is, how can I check the vin and is getting a title possible with just the application and bill of sale?
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:47 PM   #2
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Ive never had a title for any trailer Ive owned.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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Ive never had a title for any trailer Ive owned.
How do you get a registered plate for said trailer?
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:59 PM   #4
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How do you get a registered plate for said trailer?


Whats a license plate?































Just go down to the tax office

Fill out form for homeade trailer, pay fee, they give you tags.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:00 PM   #5
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Just fill out a form:
http://www.txdot.gov/txdoteforms/Get...vletConfig.xml

My harbor freight trailer had no title ir VIN number. Just get a bill of sale.
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In most trailers I've ever had, they have all been older and needed work so when I'm done fixing them up and getting them road ready I've just told them its homemade.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:09 PM   #7
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I had a trailer that I put my own vin on in a hiden place then registered it as a homemade trailer. you shouldn't have a problem getting tags. Just make sure the trailer isn't stolen.
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Trailers less than 4000 lb in Texas are not titled. If the trailer has a tag you should be able to take that into the dmv and register it under your name and get a new tag.

If the trailer was not previously registered in Texas you will have to get it inspected and weighed (although you could probably feign ignorance on the weighing part. When I registered my last trailer, the lady was surprised that I had the weight certificate although the dps website at that time said that it was required.)

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Lets see a picture of trailer. Likely will not need tags. I have had numerous trailers that I never registered and took them all over the country with no issue.
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Lets see a picture of trailer. Likely will not need tags. I have had numerous trailers that I never registered and took them all over the country with no issue.
If it is towed on the street in Texas it needs a tag. No matter the size of the trailer.

If it is over 4000 lb it will also be titled.
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If it is towed on the street in Texas it needs a tag. No matter the size of the trailer.

If it is over 4000 lb it will also be titled.
I hear what you are saying, and do try to be legal on all of my vehicles (including trailers), but I am stating what seems to be the norm.

Also, motorcycles like cars should not exceed the speed limit, but....
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I hear what you are saying, and do try to be legal on all of my vehicles (including trailers), but I am stating what seems to be the norm.

Also, motorcycles like cars should not exceed the speed limit, but....
You could (theoretically in a non-legal sort of way) register a single trailer and move the tag around as you see fit. Most trailers don't have any identifying markings, so no real way to enforce it.

But you should always have a tag (unless you like giving the cops a reason to pull you over).

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Yes, any trailer of any size needs to be registered, if you are going to operate it on public roads.

That said, I'd had my HarborFreight 4x8 for 5yrs and never registered it, since I used it for hauling lumber/mulch/cement/etc. from the HomeDepot and Lowes that are right next to my neighborhood. I took a chance, like a lot of folks do, and got away with it.

Last yeat I got back into riding, so I needed it for towing. So I dug out the original sales receipt and Certificate of Origin from HF and registered it. County clerk looked at the CofO and told me it's easier to be registered as a homebuilt. Frankly, County just wants their tax money every year, so for small trailers they apparently don't really care if you have the paperwork or not.
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I bought a Kendon trailer from a judge recently that told me that the vin sticker was so weathered that it couldn't be read so he registered it as homemade. I trusted him and took the plate to the tax office and transferred ownership with no problem. Two weeks later I saw the sticker and I can make out the vin.

I had a cop buddy run the vin and it's clean so I'll probably just leave everything as is cause I don't feel like searching for the previous previous owner and paying registration/taxes again.
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