Mississippi requires all motor vehicles and trailers to be titled and registered. When new owners apply for a title, whether obtaining a new title or transferring a previously titled vehicle, a bill of sale or invoice needs to be provided as a supporting document.
Boat trailers, flatbed utility trailers, and other small trailers may be voluntarily titled if below 5,000 pounds gross vehicle weight, but all trailers must be registered and licensed.
Registering a Trailer in Mississippi
Newly purchased trailers must be registered within seven days of purchase. New residents must title and register their vehicles, including trailers, within 30 days of becoming a resident.
Trailers below 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW) and trailers over 10,000 pounds GVW that only travel in Mississippi may be registered at the county tax collector’s office. Trailers above that weight that will travel outside the state must be registered at the Department of Revenue office in Clinton, MS.
What Paperwork Is Required To Register a Trailer in Mississippi?
Registering and titling a new trailer may be done at the same time. Registration is done through the county tax collector’s office in the county where you live or where the trailer will be stored. When you arrive at the office, the tax collector will provide the Application for Certificate of Title. You will need to bring the following:
- Mississippi driver’s license or ID
- Bill of sale or MSO
- Title signed by the previous owner
- Payment for fees and taxes
The bill of sale should show the sale price and VIN if not shown on the title. Both parties should sign the bill of sale.
If there was a prior lien on the vehicle, you may need a release or assignment of lien to title and register the trailer. Owners should ask the tax collector’s office when titling and registering their trailer.
Mississippi allows family and friends to pick up and renew your registrations with a signed limited Power of Attorney.
Trailer Registration Fees
The county assesses fees and includes the registration fee, title fee, ad valorem taxes, and other fees and taxes where applicable.
Some counties offer online tag renewal, but not all. You can verify if you live in a county with online renewal here.
Title for Trailer
Mississippi requires that all vehicles, including trailers, be registered. Trailers below 5,000 pounds, boat trailers, and small utility trailers can be titled voluntarily if the owner desires.
Fast-track titles are available for an additional $30 fee. This service issues a title within 72 hours of submitting all documents. The fast-track service does not change any of the requirements for titling the vehicle.
Mississippi does not require separate trailer insurance; drivers must carry liability insurance. Fleet trailers and commercial trailers may need to be insured by their companies. It is recommended that owners have more than the required liability insurance to cover serious damage if they use their trailers often.
Mississippi has no exemptions for registration for any trailers used on the roads.
Mississippi Trailer Bill of Sale Sample
Download a Mississippi trailer bill of sale template below in PDF or Word format: