A Georgia trailer bill of sale is a document used to record the sale of a trailer between private parties. While not typically mandated by state laws for registration purposes, it is still highly recommended. It is advisable for both the buyer and seller to retain copies of the bill of sale as they serve as evidence of the ownership transfer.
Registering a Trailer in Georgia
Georgia law generally requires registering a trailer within 30 days of owning it or moving to a new county. There are some exceptions, which we will discuss in detail. However, applying for a title as soon as possible is a good idea if you have just transferred ownership of a trailer.
What Paperwork Is Required To Register a Trailer in Georgia?
Unless you register a homemade trailer, there are no required forms in Georgia. You will need proof of your ID, and bringing a trailer bill of sale is a good idea. Otherwise, you will need the fees and to fill out the registration with the MVR.
The registration fee for a trailer in Georgia is $12.00
Trailers are exempt from the typical Georgia law requiring motor vehicles to have liability insurance. Other insurance may still be required. Even without a legal mandate, it may still be a good idea to insure it to protect yourself in case of an unexpected incident.
- The vehicle was made in 1962 or earlier
- It counts as an agricultural, horticultural, or livestock vehicle
- It is an all-terrain or off-road vehicle
- It is a boat trailer
- It is homemade
- It is a nonresident’s vehicle
- It weighs 2,000 lbs or less
- It is a vehicle not manufactured for highway use
In addition, title registration is optional in some situations. You may title a trailer if:
- It was manufactured between 1963-1985
- The owner on the front of the title has transferred ownership to you
- The owner on the front of the title has transferred ownership to a dealer, who then transferred ownership to you
Georgia does not have a safety inspection requirement for trailer registration. If you wish to register a title for your new trailer, you can go through the process, pay the registration fee, and receive a registration. A safety inspection can be a good idea to ensure your trailer will be worth the investment. However, it is not legally required.