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How to License a Utility Trailer in Ohio

by Angela M. Wheeland

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires all utility trailers to be titled, regardless of weight. If your trailer was previously titled in Ohio, you can register it at any County Clerk of Courts Title Office. If it was previously registered in another state, you must visit a Deputy Registrar License Agency before registering it at a title office. The amount of the registration fee is based on the weight of the trailer.

In-State Title

Step 1

Visit the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles website, and click the link for your county.

Step 2

Locate the nearest County Clerk of Courts Title Office.

Step 3

Go to the County Clerk of Courts Title Office, and provide your proof of ownership, which can be a signed title or a bill of sale.

Complete the trailer registration application, and pay any applicable fees.

Out-of-State Title

Step 1

Visit the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles website, and click the link for your county.

Step 2

Locate the nearest County Clerk of Courts Title Office and Deputy Registrar License Agency. If the location is designated by three stars, the site includes a title office and deputy registrar at the same office.

Step 3

Go to the Deputy Registrar License Agency, and inquire about obtaining an Ohio out-of-state vehicle identification number (VIN). As of November 2010, the fee is $3.50.

Step 4

Go to the County Clerk of Courts Title Office, and provide proof of ownership and out-of-state VIN verification.

Complete the trailer registration application, and pay any applicable fees.

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