Do You Need a Title for Horse Trailers in Florida?

By Gerard S. Walen

Florida does not require a title for a horse trailer that weighs less than 2,000 pounds, but requires a title for all trailers with a gross vehicle weight of 2,000 pounds or more, according to the state's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. No exemptions are allowed for horse trailers that weigh 2,000 pounds or more.

Determine Status

The owner of a used horse trailer with a net weight of less than 2,000 pounds, whether it is manufactured or homemade, can get a Florida license tag, but must have a bill of sale and the previous owner's license plate number. If the horse trailer has never been registered in Florida, a certified weight slip is also required.

If the horse trailer weighs 2,000 pounds or more, you must obtain a Florida title in your name to get a license plate.

Weigh Your Trailer

Some truck stops and moving companies offer public vehicle scales. Bigrigjobs.com offers free access to a list of scales on its website. The facilities will charge a nominal fee to weigh your horse trailer. For example, Flying J Travel Plazas charge $7.50.

Register Your Horse Trailer

Any county license plate agency in Florida can issue a tag for your horse trailer. The state provides a list of links to the offices at http://www.flhsmv.gov/offices/.

If the trailer is 2,000 pounds or more, you must bring a Florida certificate of title that lists you as an owner or co-owner of the horse trailer, according to the Florida DMV. If you don't have one, you can apply for one at the agency. A title is not required if the horse trailer weighs less than 2,000 pounds, but you must bring the documentation previously cited.

About the Author

Gerard Walen started writing professionally more than 16 years ago. He's been published in "The Tampa Tribune," Sunbelt newspapers, the "Sarasota Herald-Tribune" and college publications. He wrote a story for the Hillsborough Community College "Triad" magazine that was named the 1997 ACP/LA Times Story of the Year. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the University of South Florida.

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