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    registering a trailer

    Does anyone know how you go about registering a homemade trailer. I am thinking about building a small 4' x4' offroad trailer. Approx weight i am guessing about 3001bs with 1500lbs axles. Do i have to register this thing and get it plated.

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    You do have to register it and have it plated.
    Just go to your nearest MTO office and tell them that you've built a trailer. They'll give you an ownership and plate it for you. It's easy as pie.
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    ......and you will likely be asked to make up a serial number for it, i remember when my father had to register his, they asked for a serial number, he said there isn't one for it, woman behind the counter said just use your phone number, which he did.

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    When I registered my homebuilt trailer they just asked me a couple questions about it and that was it...

    I believe how many axles... Approx weight... colour.. and type(is in enclosed? etc...)
    That was it.

    As for serial number they just used HMBLT or something like that stating it was home built.

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    I just registered mine a few weeks ago.
    Took about 15 mins total.

    They asked me apprx. weight of the trailer, how many axles, and colour. Didn't even ask if it was flat deck, enclosed etc (that I recall). All they wanted was my driver's license, had a plate and ownership and was on my way for $20 or something like that (like I said, it was about a month ago)
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    Quote Originally Posted by }{avoc View Post
    I just registered mine a few weeks ago.
    Took about 15 mins total.

    They asked me apprx. weight of the trailer, how many axles, and colour. Didn't even ask if it was flat deck, enclosed etc (that I recall). All they wanted was my driver's license, had a plate and ownership and was on my way for $20 or something like that (like I said, it was about a month ago)
    never did ask how u liked it.. Sorry for the hijack.. and yes u need to know the weight of it and colour and they will ask if it has brakes.

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    Just found this thread, really helpfull - thank to those who posted.

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    Did my trailer last week. Said home made approx weight given. no question on brakes did say twin axles though.
    see gave me plate and a VIN number said I have to mark that somewhere on the frame.
    was so easy its nuts. about $30 paid.
    cheers Joe

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    I did a trailer about 2 months ago. Walked in, "I need a plate and papers for a trailer I built"

    Questions were;
    -When did you build it?
    -What colour is it?
    -How much does it weigh?
    -How many axles?

    It says HMBILT or something like that instead of serial number. Took 10 mins, and I think $30 (10 for papers, 20 for plates).
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    No "weight certificate" any more? The last time I registered a homebuilt tandem, I had to have it weighed by a certified scale. Would not have needed it for a single axle.

    It also sounds like they're not using "file numbers" any more. Some years ago, I bought a used Bantam trailer. It came with an ownership that had something called a "file number" in place of a serial number. When I stripped the paint off it, I found a brass plate with the name Bantam and a serial number. Being able to prove it really was a Bantam made it more valuable, so I thought it was worth paying the sales tax to get it properly registered. When I asked them to enter the serial number in place of the file number, they said they couldn't do that unless I went through a dealer.

    It's hard to believe that something has actually gotten simpler, but it seems trailer registration has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uglydukwling View Post
    No "weight certificate" any more? The last time I registered a homebuilt tandem, I had to have it weighed by a certified scale. Would not have needed it for a single axle.
    I have built a few tandem axle trailers and have never needed to provide a weight certificate. I just told them what it weighs and they filled in the blanks. The registered empty weight of a trailer doesn't mean much, anyway.
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