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How to License a Trailer in California

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Whether you have recently purchased a trailer or are new to the state, if you live in California, you need to register and license your trailer. It is a fairly simple process to license a trailer in California after you have completed the registration papers and paid all the fees. You can even get personalized or special interest plates for your trailer.

Step 1

Register your trailer with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You must register your trailer in California within 10 days of acquiring it. If the trailer was purchased from a dealer, the dealer will handle the registration and transfer of title for you. However, if the trailer was purchased from a private seller, you will need to contact the DMV to make an appointment for registration. According to the DMV, to register your trailer, you will need: a completed application for title/registration, proof of ownership, bill of sale, smog certification (if the trailer is an RV or motorhome), transfer fee, registration fee, tax and vehicle license fees.