How to Register an Untitled Trailer in Florida

By Maria Raether ; Updated April 11, 2017
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Florida's Department of Motor Vehicles determines what kind of vehicles need to be registered, which ones need to be titled and which ones need both. Fortunately, the process of registering and titling vehicles – even a previously untitled trailer – is a simple one, handled through your local county tax collector's office.

Find out how much your trailer weighs. If it's less than 2,000 pounds, it doesn't require a title for registration in Florida. If it's more than 2,000 pounds, you'll need to apply for a new title at the time you register it.

Take proof of ownership for the trailer and proof of insurance to your county tax collector's office, which issues Florida tags and titles.

Complete and sign Florida's title application form (available online) and pay the title fee to the tax collector if your trailer weighs 2,000 pounds or more. Title fees cost $77.25 for new vehicles, $75.25 for used Florida vehicles and $85.25 for vehicles from outside the state.

Purchase or transfer your trailer's Florida tag by paying the appropriate tag fees and registration costs.

Tip

Trailers under 2,000 pounds also don't require verification of their vehicle identification numbers, unlike most vehicles in Florida.

Don't know how much your trailer weighs? You can usually get it weighed at the nearest waste transfer station.

Check with your tax collector's office or branch office to find out what form of payment they require. You don't want to be caught short without the necessary cash, check, debit or credit card.

About the Author

For 25 years, Maria Raether worked as a writer, copy editor, assignment editor, designer and photographer for a variety of newspapers in the Midwest and Florida. She now serves as a professional pet-sitter and is pursuing a career in real estate.