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Old 06-08-2006, 08:05 AM
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Default Registering a trailer without a title

You can steal a car, Hold it for 11 yrs. and register it with out a title. But, A 16 yr. old boat trailer - forget it in RI. Called RI registry, Talked to 4 different people 3 of witch were complete P#*cks and 1/2 hour later - Home made registration is what I got out of it. What do you need to show U made it?? Thanks Mitch
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Old 06-08-2006, 08:09 AM
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Direct from the RI dmv website:

"A custom built car or motorcycle can be registered or just titled and re-sold. You must present the DMV with documentation for all parts used to build the vehicle. The Enforcement section in the Pawtucket DMV will verify all your documents. Once your paperwork has been approved by Enforcement, you will need to visit the Title Office, also in the Pawtucket DMV, to submit your paperwork and pay the title fees. Fees for this transaction range from $25.00 to $28.00.

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If this is a boat trailer from a real manufacturer, just call up the manufacturer and use the serial number to get a copy of the MCO, this will allow you to title/register a boat trailer.
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Hayzus, Thanks for the reply, Just talked to the enforcement section again who tranfered me to registration who then sent me to titling and then to a supervisor and then got disconneted. Over 20 min. waiting and talking. As far as mfg. name it is a Hydrasport name tag. I contacted them (HS) and they have no records after the OMC purchass in 1990.
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Old 06-08-2006, 09:16 AM
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a Hydrasport trailer? Never heard of them...then again, I'm not all that old either lol.

Best bet would be have a law enforcement officer to a VIN/Serial number check on it, for confirmation purposes, maybe then take the trailer to weigh station to get the weight of the trailer. Maybe that would be enough for them to title and register it.

Here in Florida, they don't title trailers, which can make things complicated if you buy a trailer from out of state since they don't accept out of state registrations for trailers (cars are fine, just not trailers).
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Old 06-08-2006, 01:15 PM
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... just call up the manufacturer and use the serial number to get a copy of the MCO, ...
Dont waste any more time on this. The Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin is shipped seperatly to the dealer. I worked for a car dealer who lost one of these before I was hired in May, that car was still sitting there when I went back to school in September. MCO's are even more sensitive than a title. With a title you can prove who you are and you're name is already on it.

The MCO will have the name of the first customer on it, usually a dealer or retailer. In fact, I have one in my hand as I am writing this since my state doesnt require a title for a trailer I hung onto it.

To summarize it...

"Certificate Of Origin For A Vehicle

"I, represent the company named below and certify the new vehicle described is the property of my firm and is transferred under invoice indicated to the following distributor or dealer."

You would need to have this document and a bill of sale from the named dealer to get a title.

I'm sorry to only provide bad news but if anyone does a search for this topic, there is more info on the subject.

Good luck!
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I had the same problem bought a boat in a state that did not title trailers got back to NC called DMV and told them what I had and they prety much told me there was nothing they could do without the MCO even though the guy I bought the boat from made out a bill of sale??? My fix was wing nuts on the license plate!
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Default RE: Registering a trailer without a title

How about this one....

Purchased a boat from a VA party, trailer had a VA permanent tag on it, I live in MD. Any chance I don't have to register it in MD, just keep the VA perm tag on there?
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