How to Register a Homemade Trailer in Texas

How to Register a Homemade Trailer in Texas

In Texas, all trailer needs to be registered, except the farm trailers. Especially, if your homemade trailers are operated on the highways, it’s mandatory to register it. The registration process is different for each type of Trailers. All trailers are get categorized according to its gross width. However, here we will explain the full procedure on how to register a homemade trailer in Texas.

Determine What Kinds of Trailer You Have

As a first step, you have to recognize your trailer and understand what kind of trailer you have. There are three types of Trailers according to its manufacturing & usage. Here are the types of trailers you may have.

Manufactured Trailers

If your trailers are manufactured by a company, then it’s a manufactured trailer. Firstly, look at the tongue of your trailer. Probably you would get the name of your trailer manufacturer.

Homemade Trailers

If you have built an entire trailer by yourself, then it’s a Homemade trailer. Those kinds of trailers also required registration. Follow the registration instruction for your Homemade trailer.

Farm Trailers

The trailer used for farming and related tasks is known as Farm trailers. Generally, it gets used by farmer and ranches to transport farming items. Generally, farm trailers don’t need to be registered. Unless it’s more than 4,000 lbs.

If you are in confusion on what kind of trailer you have, inspect it by an auto theft law enforcement officer. Once you configured that it’s your homemade trailer, just follow the registration process one by one.

How to Register a Homemade Trailer in Texas

If you have done building your trailer, it’s time to register it. Firstly, you have to measure your trailer gross width. You can assess your trailer in a local car garage, body shops. After getting the width of your homemade Trailer, use the registration process for it.

If your Trailers is Under 4,000 lbs.

It’s not mandatory to register your homemade trailer if it’s under 4,000 lbs. However, the Texas DMV(Texas Department of Motor Vehicles) suggest you title your trailer and get VIN(Vehicle Identification Number). The VIN would help you if it ever gets stolen.

If your Trailers is over 4,000 lbs.

All trailers that are over 4,000 lbs. in width, is required to get registered. Here’s what you will need to collect to register your Homemade trailers that are over 4,000 lbs.

Step 1: Firstly, proof the ownership of trailer. If you have a newly built a trailer, just complete the Statement of Fact (Form VTR-141) with proper information.

Note: If you have a used homemade trailer, you have to collect the Title Certificate of your trailer.

Step 2: Fill up the Texas Certificate of Title (Form 130-U).

Step 3: Manage the Register application fee for your homemade trailer.

If you have done everything, just go to the nearest Texas country tax office. Then all of the registration processes will get completed one by one. However, if your trailer width exceeds 4,500 lbs. Then your trailer has to pass through annual safety inspection and verify photograph and width certificate.

Contact Information of Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

In-state callers(512) 465-3000
Out-of-state callers(888) 368-4689


You should always contact your Texas DMV office for detailed information. The rules and regulation might get changed anytime. Therefore, once you complete the full registration steps, you are ready to use the trailer. Also, it’s verified to operated on the highway road on Texas.

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