Even though trailers aren’t motor vehicles, they must still be registered in Wisconsin. There are also title requirements for certain trailers. When selling a trailer to a private party or buying one, you must familiarize yourself with these legal requirements.
In addition to the title, you should also have a Wisconsin trailer bill of sale form. While a bill of sale isn’t mandatory to register the trailer and transfer the title, it proves that the private party transaction occurred. Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, a Wisconsin trailer bill of sale can protect you from complications and disputes.
Registering a Trailer in Wisconsin
The trailer registration process in Wisconsin is relatively straightforward. Register your trailer through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation if it is over 3,000 pounds (gross vehicle weight). In most cases, you can complete the registration process online. You can also download the form and complete the registration via mail or in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles Service Center.
What Paperwork Is Required To Register a Trailer in Wisconsin?
To register a trailer in Wisconsin, you will need to fill out an application that includes the following:
- Your birthdate
- Your social security number or Wisconsin driver’s license number
- The birthdate, social security number, or driver’s license number of any co-owners
- The trailer’s VIN (vehicle identification number)
- The trailer’s year, make, and color
- The date you first drove the trailer in Wisconsin
- The location (county and town or city) where the trailer is kept
- The dates for any periods when the trailer was not in use on Wisconsin public highways
- The lender’s information, if there is a loan for the trailer
You should include all the required information on the registration form to avoid problems.
Trailer Registration Fees
The registration fees depend on your trailer’s gross vehicle weight. You can find the appropriate fee through a convenient online chart.
Title for the Trailer
All trailers in Wisconsin must have a title, regardless of weight or registration status. To transfer the trailer’s title, you will need the original title. You can transfer the title online, by mail, or in person. There is a fee of $164.50, which is separate from the registration fee.
Non-motorized trailers in Wisconsin don’t need to carry separate insurance. You must still meet mandatory insurance requirements for your vehicle to tow the trailer.
Trailers under 3,000 pounds (combined weight and load) are exempt from registration in Wisconsin. There are special requirements for homemade trailers.
Wisconsin doesn’t require trailers to undergo safety or mechanical inspections. If you’re buying a trailer from a private seller, getting an independent inspection from a qualified mechanic before you complete the purchase is a good idea.
Wisconsin Trailer Bill of Sale Sample
Download a Wisconsin trailer bill of sale template below in PDF or Word format: