Trailer Registration

To register your trailer, all you have to do is provide the DMV with proof of ownership (title or bill of sale for the trailer) and fill out an application for registration. In doing so, you will have to prove that you have paid all applicable taxes and taken out proper insurance for your trailer.

How much does it cost to title and register a trailer

If there is no lien on your trailer, the cost of titling is $55. The annual cost to register trailers – depending on weight – will be $15 for up to 1,000 pounds; $20 for 1,001 to 2,000 pounds; $40 for 2,001 to 5,000 pounds; and for trailers weighing more than 5,000 pounds, an additional $18 for every 1,000 pounds.

Keep in mind that if you are shipping through different states, you will need to obtain a “distribution registration.” You get this registration in your state so that you can then move through other jurisdictions without having to obtain multiple permits or registrations. You pay fees wherever you operate in proportion to the number of miles you travel in each state.

Tax on the use of heavy road vehicles

In addition to regular business taxes, you, as a carrier, are required to file an annual heavy vehicle operating tax return with the IRS. This tax applies to operations involving vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 55,000 pounds or more on public roads.  

The Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, or HVUT, is an annual federal tax paid to the IRS for the use of heavy vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 55,000 pounds or more on public roads.

The taxable gross vehicle weight is calculated as follows:

  • the unladen weight of the fully loaded vehicle;
  • the weight of the fully loaded trailer or semi-trailer;
  • the maximum weight of the cargo carried on the vehicle and trailer or semi-trailer.

How to check a driver’s driving record

If you plan to hire drivers for your trucking business, you will definitely require a driver’s record check from each of them. There are two options for obtaining a driver’s record: in person or by mail. You can choose a three-year, five-year or full driving record, and each report will cost you $25. Contact us today.