Indiana requires all trailers, including campers, pop-up campers, and utility trailers, to be titled and registered. An Indiana trailer bill of sale may be used to register the vehicle only if the title is unavailable.
Farm trailers used exclusively on farms to transport equipment may be registered as farm trucks. However, all utility trailers must be registered and licensed in Indiana.
Registering a Trailer in Indiana
Registration is handled through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Once the seller has completed the signature and other information required on the title, you may send the documentation to the BMV or bring it to the nearest BMV branch.
What Paperwork Is Required To Register a Trailer in Indiana?
Indiana provides a useful interactive guide to assist new registrants with assembling their documents. Users should be aware that some of this information contradicts other information provided on their website. However, the information provided here conforms with that available in the guide.
To title your trailer, you will need the following:
- The completed and signed title or notification from the dealer
- Bill of sale only if the title is not filled out completely
- Odometer disclosure statement only if the odometer information is not completed on the title
- Physical inspection form only for out-of-state vehicles or if the VIN is not easily viewed
- Indiana driver’s license or ID
To register your trailer, you will need the following:
- Proof of insurance
- Emissions test for self-propelled RVs (Lake and Porter Counties only)
If more than 60 days have passed since the date of sale, you will need to bring your trailer to a BMV branch for registration. After registration, you will receive license plates for your trailer.
If a buyer cannot provide proof of title through other means, you may be able to apply for a court order to apply for a certificate of title. Once this has been granted, the BMV will issue a certificate of title for the vehicle.
Trailer Registration Fees
Sales tax must be paid for any new purchase. When you buy a trailer through a private sale, you will pay this when you apply for a certificate of title. Registration fees are assessed annually. There may be additional county or municipal fees. Buyers should check their local BMV site when registering their trailer.
Title for Trailer
Travel trailers, campers, pop-up campers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, and other recreational trailers must all have titles in Indiana. Vehicles must be titled in the new owner’s name within 45 days of transfer of the vehicle.
Indiana does not require separate trailer insurance, but you must provide proof of liability insurance to register your trailer. It is usually a good idea to have additional coverage for your trailer in case of accidents since ordinary liability insurance may not cover the damages to a travel trailer.
Indiana does not exempt any vehicles from licensing and registration. Certain vehicles, such as farm utility trailers, may apply for special licensing if they are only used on farm property.
Indiana Trailer Bill of Sale Sample
Download an Indiana trailer bill of sale template below in PDF or Word format: