If you’re a boater, there’s nothing like a Michigan summer, with thousands of lakes and waterways to explore. While you may have registered your boat, you may not realize your trailer must be registered, too. Here’s what you need to know about boat trailer registration requirements in Michigan.Do You Have a Case?
Before taking your boat trailer on the road, you must register it and obtain a license plate. This can be done at any Secretary of State branch office.
If your trailer weighs more than 2,500 lbs. empty:
If your trailer weighs less than 2,500 lbs. empty, you will need the following:
For new trailers, the weight is usually indicated on the Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin.
For used trailers, the weight should be listed on the Michigan registration you received from the seller.
If the trailer weight is not available, you will need to have the trailer weighed on a certified scale. You can usually find certified scales at truck stops, grain elevators, scrap metal recyclers and junk yards. According to Michigan law, you are allowed to tow it to the closest certified scale without a license plate. You will need the scale weight receipt when you register your trailer with the Secretary of State.
To register or obtain a title for a boat trailer, owners have to pay a 6% use tax. This amount is based on the purchase price or retail value of the trailer, whichever is higher. However, if you bought the trailer from a retail seller and paid 6% sales tax, you are exempt from paying the use tax. You will need to present your bill of sale showing you paid the sales tax when you purchased the trailer.
In addition, you will have to pay a license plate fee when you register your boat trailer. This fee applies regardless of whether you are required to pay the 6% use tax.
The current fees are as follows:
No. You only need to register a boat trailer once. Unlike registrations and license plates for motor vehicles, boat trailer plates and registrations do not expire. Further, you cannot transfer the plates when you sell the trailer. The new owner will have to transfer the title, register the trailer and obtain their own license plate.
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