Titling and Registration of Trailers

You have 30 days from the date of purchase to title and pay sales tax on your newly purchased trailer. If you do not title the trailer within 30 days, there is a title penalty of $25 on the 31st day after purchase. The penalty increases another $25 for every 30 days you are late with a maximum penalty of $200.

Trailer definition:

A trailer is a unit attached to and towed by a motorized vehicle designed to carry property and/or passengers. A trailer cannot be motorized or self-operable. A trailer may include (but is not limited to) the following:


The following types of trailers are exempt from titling and registration:

To title and register a trailer in the state of Missouri, the owner must submit the following:

Proof of ownership:

In most cases (as outlined above), the applicant for title will submit a Certificate of Title or a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) as proof of ownership. However, there are certain exceptions:

You will pay:

Estimate your taxes:

Homemade Trailer Inspection Requirements:

If you have constructed your own homemade trailer you will not pay sales tax when you title the unit, but there are special inspection requirements.

When you apply for title at the license office, an Identification Number Plate will be issued to you. This number plate should be affixed to the tongue of the trailer's frame.