Trailers are registered based on usage (non-commercial or commercial) and declared GVW (gross vehicle weight).

Non-commercial usage with a GVW of 10,000 pounds or less is registered as “permanent”.  Commercial usage with a GVW of 10,000 or less is registered as one, two or five-year registration.  Trailers with a GVW over 10,000 are registered as “permanent”.

The user will be asked to declare in writing the intended usage on trailers that are registered with a GVW of 10,000 pounds or less.  When used non-commercially, permanent registration fees are assessed.  Permanent registration is a one-time fee and a “PERM” tab will be mailed to the owner.  By registering as “PERM”, you’ll never pay vehicle license tax ore registration fees for this trailer again.

Permanently registered trailers with a personalized and/or specialty plate are subject to the annual personalized and/or specialty plate fee.



How do you determine the intended usage of a trailer?
The user will be asked to declare in writing the intended usage on trailers that are registered with a GVW of 10,000 pounds or less.

Is there an advantage to registering a trailer for non-commercial use?
Yes.  When used non-commercially, permanent registration fees are assessed.  Permanent registration is a one-time fee and a “PERM” tab will be mailed to the owner.  By registering as “PERM”, you’ll never pay vehicle license tax ore registration fees for this trailer again.


What if I have a trailer that I use for non-commercial purposes but I have a personalized or specialty plate on it?
Permanently registered trailers with a personalized and/or specialty plate are subject to the annual personalized and/or specialty plate fee.

How much are the renewal fees?

The list below shows the fees for non-commercial and commercial trailers.

  • Non-Commercial, GVW 10,000 or less, PERM Registration = $75.00 – One-time Vehicle License Tax ($70.00) and Registration Fee ($5.00)
  • Commercial, GVW 10,000 or less, 1 Year, 2 Years or 5 Years = Vehicle License Tax is collected based on registration type of 1 Year, 2 Year, or 5 Year

Under state law, trailers with a GVW greater than 10,000 pounds are required to be permanently registered.

I have a travel trailer.  May I obtain a permanent registration for this use?
Travel trailers are not eligible for permanent registration.  They are registered either as one, two or five-year registration.



I am ready to register my trailer.  What do I do now?
Just come into any Desert Title location, fill out your application, and we will quickly take care of you.  There is no appointment needed.