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Boat Trailer Registration Tips for First-Timers

Boat Trailer Registration Tips for First-Timers

By Debbie Hanson

Apr 03, 2018

Get boat trailer registration tips for first-time boat owners. When you register boat trailer it can be quick, simple, get on the water faster with these tips

One of the best things about owning a trailerable boat is the ease of exploring new waterways; just don't forget to check your state's specific boat trailer registration laws. If you're thinking about buying a boat trailer in the near future, or just purchased your very first boat trailer, these boat registration tips may be helpful.

  1. In most states, you will have thirty days from the date of purchase to title and register your trailer. However, you should keep in mind that this should only be used as a guideline because state laws will vary.
  2. Always check the specific boat and trailer registration laws for your state. You can search online using the keywords "register boat trailer" and add your state (for example: "boat trailer registration Texas" or "register boat trailer Florida").
  3. If your state requires you to register your boat trailer at the DMV or Tax Collector's office, check to see if you can schedule an appointment time in advance or ask if they provide approximate wait times on the office website. Most offices DMV or Tax Collector's offices will let you know which days and times tend to be less busy, so you can shorten your wait.
  4. Have the required documents ready in advance. To register a trailer, you may be asked to provide the following: a signed title, a signed application for title and license, receipts of paid personal property taxes, proof of trailer insurance (depending on the state), and any applicable title or registration fees. Since laws can vary from state to state, you should always check your state's specific boat trailer registration laws.
  5. Be aware that some states may require tandem or triple axle boat trailers to pass a boat trailer inspection for safety purposes.
  6. For the future, keep in mind that many states will allow you to renew your boat trailer registration (and boat registration) online. Some states even give you the option to renew for either one year or two years at a time. If you can, renew for two years to save time and money.

You can have your trailer and boat registration wrapped up in no time by following these easy tips. Now is the time to get on it. The sooner you have it done, the sooner you can be trailering your pride and joy to an exciting new fishing spot.

Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson
Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and freshwater guide living in Southwest Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. To learn more about her work, visit or follow her on Instagram @shefishes2.