Trailers

If the total gross weight of a trailer, which is the combined weight of the trailer and its cargo, is 3,000 pounds or less, a Massachusetts Title is not required.

 

However, Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90D requires all purchasers of trailers with a gross weight of more than 3,000 pounds to apply for a new Title within ten days of purchase. The law also requires anyone who builds a homemade trailer with a gross weight of more than 3,000 pounds to apply for a Title within ten days of completion of the construction of the trailer. Failure to apply for a Title and pay a sales/use tax, if due, as required may result in penalties and interest added to the original tax.

 

Note: Builders of homemade trailers with a gross weight of more than 3,000 pounds must apply for a Massachusetts Assigned Vehicle Identification Number (see the Massachusetts Assigned Vehicle Identification Number section for more information).

 

The gross weight of a new or used trailer is determined by the manufacturer and will be listed on the trailer's Certificate of Origin and on the trailer itself. The gross weight of a homemade trailer is determined by the builder of the trailer.