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Old April 1st, 2008, 07:43 PM   #1
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Default MI Trailer Title/Plate/Registration?

I've searched a bunch here and on the SOS website, didn't find all the info I needed.

I'm probably buying a car hauler tomorrow night. Nothing crazy, 18', dual 3500 lb axles with electric brakes on both, weighs about 2000 lbs, etc. It comes with a bill of sale but no title.

What does it take to get the registration/title/plate for this? I know the permanent plate is $75 for an axle under 2500 lbs, but that's all I could really find. Do I have to take it somewhere to get weighed(and if so what type of place, preferably near Highland)? I've heard something about a cop having to inspect it first as well. Do I have to do all this before I go to SOS? Anything else? Or can I just show up with the bill of sale, tell them what I have, and get a plate and title? This is all I could find on the SOS website:


Trailer and Trailer Coach Plate Fees
Trailers and trailer coaches are registered with a permanent, non-expiring trailer plate based on the unit's weight. Trailer plates are nontransferable.
Trailers and Trailer Coaches
0-2,499 pounds $75

Trailers and Trailer Coaches
2,500-9,999 pounds
$200
Trailers and Trailer Coaches
10,000 pounds or more $300
Replacement Trailer Plate $5
Trailer or Trailer Coach Title $15 if applicable
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Old April 1st, 2008, 07:51 PM   #2
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If your buying from a private owner. You will need a bill of sale and the place of orgin. The place of orgin is like a title for the trailer. As well as the previous owners reigistration.

If it is a home built trailer you will need a certified scale receipt showing how much it wieghs.

The cost should be no more then 75 dollars for the permanent plate and registration. Although you may have to pay sales tax.

If they want it wieghed just go to a scrap yard near you and get it wieghed. Or a local truck stop that has a certified scale.
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i only had the old registration card from the previous owner when i plated mine. SOS didnt really give me any hassle.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:43 PM   #4
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When I registered my boat trailer they gave me a hard time and wanted me to pay the $200. She kept telling me it was on trailer weight, not how much weight the trailer carried and was trying to tell me it was more then 2500 pounds!!

Supposedly if you buy the wrong plate and get pulled over its a big fine.
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If your buying from a private owner. You will need a bill of sale and the place of orgin. The place of orgin is like a title for the trailer. As well as the previous owners reigistration.

If it is a home built trailer you will need a certified scale receipt showing how much it wieghs.

The cost should be no more then 75 dollars for the permanent plate and registration. Although you may have to pay sales tax.

If they want it wieghed just go to a scrap yard near you and get it wieghed. Or a local truck stop that has a certified scale.
It is from a private owner, he mentioned bill of sale but that's it. It's from a member on here who has bought and sold several trailers. Will it be a problem if I can't get a registration or place of origin from him? Could I just go get it weighed like I would on a homebuilt trailer?

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When I registered my boat trailer they gave me a hard time and wanted me to pay the $200. She kept telling me it was on trailer weight, not how much weight the trailer carried and was trying to tell me it was more then 2500 pounds!!

Supposedly if you buy the wrong plate and get pulled over its a big fine.
I assume you got the scenario backward but I know what you mean. It's the weight of the trailer itself that they charge by, in which case it should be $75. Hopefully it turns out to be hassle-free for me.
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The place of Orgin is not a big deal.

The reason for the previous owners registration is so the SOS Office can see the trailer specs. There for you don't need to get it wieghed.

If you have only a bill of sale you will need to have a certified wieght receipt from a certified scale. Most truck stops have Cat Certified scales and will wiegh your trailer for like 10 dollars. Or you can stop by a local scrap yard and get wieghed on there certified scale. Or contact a local trucking company that has a scale and see how much they would charge you to wiegh the trailer for you.
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Get the trailer weighed (can also be do at a local feed mill) and take your bill of sale to sos. Should be fine pay plate cost and taxes and get your plate.
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I assume you got the scenario backward but I know what you mean. It's the weight of the trailer itself that they charge by, in which case it should be $75. Hopefully it turns out to be hassle-free for me.

Yes it is the weight of the trailer itself and the dumb broad kept telling me my 24 foot aluminum boat trailer weighed more then 2400 pounds or something.
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here is something you might do to if it has alot of wood on it remove that if it is easy to do then weigh the trailer that way it's lighter and still can be legal to use..
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When i bought my car hauler, it came with some out of state hokey title the was illegible, the lady at the SOS took one look at it set it down, asked me what I thought it weighed and registered it as home built using Driver's License as vin number. Depends on how their day is going and if the boss is in the building I think.
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Registering a trailer here is a joke. Last time I had no bill of sale or registration. I just filled out a form that said I bought it and they gave me a plate.
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ya.. my friend bought a trailer with no title, we just told them it was home built, we gave them the weight slip and they gave us a plate... it was real simple...
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I Literally just got a permanint plate for my trailer

I needed:

Title or Bill Of Sale (with both the seller's and buyer's signatures on it)
and the weight slip

Take that to the SOS, they fill some stuff out, pay them $100 (well 108 total) and you get a permanint plate
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I Literally just got a permanint plate for my trailer

I needed:

Title or Bill Of Sale (with both the seller's and buyer's signatures on it)
and the weight slip

Take that to the SOS, they fill some stuff out, pay them $100 (well 108 total) and you get a permanint plate
I appreciate the help, but this thread is almost a year and a half old and it was taken care of long ago
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