Nevada requires all utility and travel trailers to be registered if they travel on public roads. Trailers are exempt from odometer, insurance, and smog requirements; otherwise, they are registered and titled like other motor vehicles.
Homemade and assembled trailers must be inspected before they can be titled and registered. Towed tools, such as cement mixers and air compressors, do not have to be registered unless they exceed 70 inches in width.
Registering a Trailer in Nevada
All motor vehicles, including trailers, are registered by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). New residents and newly purchased vehicles must be titled and registered within 30 days. Non-residents who work in Nevada or whose children are enrolled in a Nevada public school must also register their vehicles in Nevada.
The Reno, Henderson, Carson City, and Las Vegas DMV offices require appointments for titles and registrations. Other offices have walk-in availability. You should register the trailer in the county where you reside.
What Paperwork Is Required To Register a Trailer in Nevada?
Trailers must have a valid title before they can be registered. If you do not have a title and the original owner cannot be located or will not cooperate in obtaining a duplicate title, you will need to contact the DMV to obtain a bonded title.
You will need to bring the following:
- Title signed by the original owner
- Proof of release of lien or financing agreement, if any
- Estimate of Registration Fees
If there is no title, and the trailer is a 2010 model or older, title forms and a bill of sale may be sufficient to transfer the title. The DMV recommends that both buyer and seller come to the DMV to complete the transaction.
For vehicles newer than 2011, the seller must obtain a new title and transfer the title to the buyer.
Trailer Registration Fees
Trailers may be registered for one or three years. Owners may compare the fees on the fee estimate page. Trailers are not eligible for online registration.
Title for Trailer
Nevada requires all trailers to be titled, registered, and licensed to travel on public highways. Titles are granted to all vehicles meeting the definition of a trailer under the law.
Manufactured homes and RVs over 400 square feet are licensed by the county assessor’s office. They require a movement permit from the Nevada Department of Transportation (DOT).
Nevada trailers are exempt from insurance requirements. However, Nevada drivers must carry basic liability insurance. Nevada does not require uninsured motorist coverage. It is recommended that trailer owners consider purchasing more than the minimum coverage to protect their trailers against property damage in case of collision or other road hazards.
Active duty military, out-of-state students, registered students in Nevada for a short-term work-study program, and seasonal farm workers do not need to register their vehicles.
Special mobile equipment, such as road graders, does not have to be registered, but these vehicles must be titled and licensed according to other regulatory requirements.
Nevada Trailer Bill of Sale Sample
Download a Nevada trailer bill of sale template below in PDF or Word format: