Trailer VIN number...?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by dewos, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. dewos

    dewos LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    I am using one of my old trailers this year but transfered the plate to the newer trailer.. well I can not find the Title for the Trailer and need one to get a plate.. contacted the people at DMV & Messenger service and they told me I need The VIN on the trailer...

    I can not find this thing anywhere.. They told me to look by the front.. I looked everywhere can not find this thing for the life of me lol.. Where to go from here? or any idea's where to look
  2. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Say it is homemade. Get it weighed, and be done at least we can do that here in Florida.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Well, gosh...
    Wasn't this newer trailer ever registered?
    If so, a personal visit to the DMV might be required, but they should release the VIN to you,
    I think you have to apply for a duplicate registration (lost / stolen).

    Try telling them the little plate with the VIN might have fell off because you just can't find it.
    You may have to go to a different DMV :p
    I am not kidding, some days the only difference between a failed or a successful transaction depends
    on the kind of day the person behind the counter is having, and it ain't right but what can you do.

    If you never registered it, that can get tricky.
    The last registered owner of that trailer has to do it.
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2009
  4. cantoo

    cantoo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,910

    Some trailer manufacturers also put the vin number on the inside of the trailer frame just behind the front left corner. Crawl underneath and see if you can see it. They wled the number on for id purposes incase of theft.
    We can plate ours as homebuilt here in Ontario. I build trailers in my spare time and have no problem getting plates.
  5. dewos

    dewos LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    Thanks man thats what I will do tomorrow.. I will go down and see if I can file for a lost one.. It was registered about 3 years ago.. starting another crew up and figured they can use the small one for time being.. just been sitting there .
  6. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 7,051

    I was going to transfer the tag off my small trailer to my larger trailer and was told you can't transfer trailer tags. I told the lady I was going to sell the other trailer and she then said I'd have to return the tag and get a new tag! On top of all that, they claim I had to pay tax. I showed her the receipt that it was new and I already paid tax. Then she said, oh, that's just sales tax, you have to pay excise tax! They get you coming AND going. I hate dealing with the DMV.
  7. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776

    Ditto, you can do that here in IL. The DMV doesn't really care either. When I titled my trailer, we couldn't find the old one and the lady just gave me home made plates.

    Saved a lot of time and headache.

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