I subscribe to a fantastic quarterly from VintageTrailerCampers.com, and am always excited at its arrival date… which was yesterday!
While perusing trailer owner highlights and news of upcoming rallies, I spotted the ad pictured below. It got my mind back on track – since I’ve been on a cerebral hiatus from Vintage Shasta Camper dreams for the past months.
We bought our camper without a title. We have nothing more than the camper itself and a bill of sale.
Will that get us a title and registration in California?
So, I owe Donna a call, and we’ll see if we what we have to do to get our girl street legal in California with nothing but a bill of sale in hand.
Vintage Camper Title and Registration in California
In most jurisdictions, state law stipulates that you have thirty days from the purchase to title and register your trailer. Use this as a guideline and not a rule, because state laws always vary.
Be aware that not every state titles and registers trailers; however, not titling and registering a trailer in a state that does require it will result in a penalty, which grows more severe the longer the trailer goes untitled.
Trailer Title and Registration Requirements
To title and register a trailer, the owner will normally have to submit:
- The properly signed title. Sometimes you can use other proofs of ownership, such as a bill of sale or a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO).
- A signed application for title and license.
- Receipts of paid personal property taxes.
- Proof of trailer insurance, depending on the state.
- All applicable title and registration fees.
How to Register Other Vehicle Types in California
If you have a special type of vehicle in CA, such as a custom-built car, off-highway vehicle, or trailer, you will need to submit separate paperwork and pay registration fees based on your type of vehicle. Some vehicle types, like RVs or motorhomes, are registered the same way as you would a standard car or truc
- Complete an Application for Title of Registration (Form REG 343).
- Bring the form along with the trailer’s title and previous registration to your local California DMV office.
- Pay the registration fee determined by the trailer’s value.