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Old 05-17-2011, 06:22 PM   #1
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Default Temporary tag for trailer to get it home after sale????

How do you go about driving a trailered boat home after a private sale without taking a chancewithout a tag? Thanks
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:39 PM   #2
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Depends where you live, but I think in FL your bill of sale should be enough to get you home.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:40 PM   #3
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Would help if you told us what state you are buying it in and moving it to.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:41 PM   #4
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We do not have tags for trailers here in SC. Bill of sale will suffice.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:59 PM   #5
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I usually take a tag and registration from another trailer with me. Most police officers aren't going to compare traler numbers if you get stopped.
I've hauled from Florida to NC numerous times without a tag.
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Been towing for 30 years all over Fl and never questioned except for a boat with no trailer brakes in the Keys. Big ticket. Maybe I'm lucky, but don't worry. Take the thing home. Likelyhood of a stop is minimal and if so, the popo should give you a break if you explain.
Everyone is so afraid of the popo. Reach down and grab a set.
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It must be good to be lucky. I've bought several boats from Mass, Vermont and Maine and every time I get them into NH, I get pulled over by a "townie", always for some "issue" regarding the trailer. I think that it's just a way for the men in blue to check your trailer registration since all trailers must be titled in NH (but what's funny is they don't title either boats or outboard motors. Go figure).

Now I always have the seller fax me a bill of sale so I can go get the plate and apply for a title for the trailer before I pick it up, or I have them loan me the current registration and plate with a hand written note giving me permission to use it for the trip home and I mail them back as soon as I get home.
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Depends on the state, but most have some sort of grace period to get registration transferred or set up new. I would carry at least a photo copy of the bill of sale however.

Bottom line - check with your DMV to be sure.
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It must be good to be lucky. I've bought several boats from Mass, Vermont and Maine and every time I get them into NH, I get pulled over by a "townie", always for some "issue" regarding the trailer. I think that it's just a way for the men in blue to check your trailer registration since all trailers must be titled in NH (but what's funny is they don't title either boats or outboard motors. Go figure).

Now I always have the seller fax me a bill of sale so I can go get the plate and apply for a title for the trailer before I pick it up, or I have them loan me the current registration and plate with a hand written note giving me permission to use it for the trip home and I mail them back as soon as I get home.
Sorry you have to go throught that BS, We rarley have those issues here in Fl.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:19 PM   #10
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Just tow it home no one cares.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:34 PM   #11
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You might get a ticket. You might not get a ticket. Just a game of chance. I can tell you, I got pulled over in Manatee Co., bill of sale/title, no tag. Had to make a return trip just to go to a court date to plea no contest and pay the $200+ fine.

Take your chances, most people have better luck than me. Ha.
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:35 PM   #12
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I recently bought a new trailer in Florida and got a free temp tag with the sale.

I would think that you should be able to go to the DMV or tag service (that's what we have in Pa) and get a temp tag.

I loaded the boat and then dropped it off for the transom work.

When I got home, I took the paper work to the tag place and applied for the title and Pa tag.

I go down to bring her home next week, and I have my tag to put on it for the haul back north.
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The seller of my boat let me use his tag.

Since then I've used my own tag when I relocated a trailer. If you have a boat trailer already you should use the tag from that. Most registrations will describe the trailer 'type.' Boat, utility, camper, whatever... It's easy to see that your battleship on a 4-axle rig is not riding on a LonChin utility kit-built red wagon. They are less like to look past the word "boat" if they even run it at all.

Good luck!
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:48 AM   #14
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In most states:

Legal way: Go to the DMV and get a temp tag before you tow.

Usual way: Borrow the owner's tags or bring tags from another trailer or tow without tags or make your own paper tag.
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