Q: I am acquiring a new boat with trailer in Massachusetts. Do I need to have to sign-up the trailer just before I choose up the boat and deliver it back to Rhode Island?
— Jerry S., South Kingstown
A: If there is a plate on the trailer, then you can transfer the boat on that trailer.
If there is not a plate on the trailer, you will need to have to sign up the trailer to journey on any highway or highway.
Our internet site (www.dmv.ri.gov) has a whole section on “Trailer Registrations” that can be identified in the “Registrations & Titles” tab. This web site on our web site has registration information and facts for obtained trailers, purchased selfmade trailers and trailers created by the operator. You should make confident you comply with these directions to make it much easier for you when you come in to sign-up your trailer.
Trailers that are 2001 or newer with a GVWR of 3,001 pounds or much more have to have a title. We are nonetheless waiving the VIN inspections for trailers that slide into this category nevertheless, a safety inspection is needed for all trailers of 1,000 pounds and higher.
You will want a bill of sale or reward letter, proof of former possession (old registration or the title, based on the age and GVWR of the trailer), proof of insurance policy on the car or truck that will be towing the trailer, carrying ability, length of the trailer, as perfectly as a concluded TR-1 form and revenue tax variety. Kinds can be observed on our website, as well, below the “Forms & Fees” tab and Registration Varieties and Taxation Forms.
It is that time of 12 months the place people are purchasing boats and trailers, so I hope this facts is valuable, not only to you but to other people who may well be in the exact same problem.
Chuck Hollis is assistant administrator of the Rhode Island Division of Motor Autos. Please email your concerns to [email protected] with “Ask the DMV” in the matter subject.