When you purchase a new or used trailer in North Dakota, you may have to register it with the state. Even if you do not need to register the trailer, it is wise to document the ownership transfer with a North Dakota trailer bill of sale. A bill of sale for a trailer in North Dakota can serve as proof of ownership if you have a legal dispute. It also documents the value of the trailer for tax and registration purposes.
Registering a Trailer in North Dakota
In North Dakota, you must title and register any trailer over 1,500 pounds used for any commercial purposes. If your trailer weighs 1,500 pounds or less and is only for personal use, you do not need to register it in North Dakota.
You do not need a title or registration for a trailer you use to carry ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, personal watercraft, or unregistered motorcycles, regardless of the trailer’s weight. You must, however, register a recreational vehicle trailer irrespective of size if you use the recreational vehicle in competitions.
Whether or not your trailer requires a title and registration, you benefit from using a North Dakota trailer bill of sale to document the transfer of ownership.
What Paperwork Is Required To Register a Trailer in North Dakota?
The state may require the following paperwork for your North Dakota trailer registration:
- Application for Certificate of Title & Registration
- North Dakota trailer bill of sale
- Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin or out-of-state title
- Prior title and registration documents, if applicable
- VIN assignment request
- Certificate of vehicle inspection
Registration must be renewed annually, except for certain semi-trailers and farm trailers eligible for permanent trailer registration. Permanent registration is not transferable, so you must re-register a qualifying trailer for each ownership transfer.
Trailer Registration Fees
Fees for trailer registration in North Dakota differ depending on the trailer’s size and use. You may pay the following for a trailer title and registration in North Dakota  :
- $20 annual registration fee
- $120 permanent registration fee for qualifying trailers
- Large truck registration fees by weight
- 5% excise tax
Trailers used for agricultural purposes may register as farm vehicles for a different fee. You can also purchase an identification plate for a non-titled trailer for a $5 fee if you plan to take your trailer out of state.
Certain trailer types are exempt from registration in North Dakota. They include:
- Personal use trailers under 1,500 pounds
- Trailers for recreational vehicles not used for competitive events
- Two-wheel, single-axle car dollies
- Pup trailers
- Motorcycle trailers without sleeping quarters
- Wide load trailers with an oversize/ overweight permit
North Dakota’s Motor Carrier Division provides a detailed size and weight guide and weight limitations chart to help you determine whether you require an oversize/ overweight permit for your vehicle. If you are unsure whether your trailer is exempt from registration, titling, and permit requirements in North Dakota, speak with a local ND Department of Transportation office representative.
North Dakota Trailer Bill of Sale Sample
Download a North Dakota trailer bill of sale template below in PDF or Word format: