Florida requires all trailers to be registered. Trailers weighing over 2,000 pounds (empty weight) are required to be titled. To determine the weight of your trailer, Sarasota County has several weigh stations.
To register and/or title your trailer, please see below for the option that best describes your trailer.
Used Trailer, under 2,000 pounds, currently registered in Florida
Used Trailer, under 2,000 pounds, NOT currently registered in Florida
*If the trailer was previously in a non-titled or non-registered state, the Bill of Sale should include year, make, TIN, certified weight slip and identify the state where the trailer was previously located.
In cases when a certified weight slip is required, a temporary license plate may be issued in order to legally take the trailer to be weighed. It is valid for 10-days, the fee is $5.00, the TIN number must be provided in order to issue the temporary plate.
New Trailer not currently registered in Florida
Homemade Trailer (built from parts purchased or parts already owned at the time of construction)
If the trailer is under 2,000 pounds, a Trailer Identification Number will be generated by the computer. It is advisable to have this number die cut or affixed to the trailer. If the trailer is over 2,000 pounds, call the Florida Division of Motorist Services at 941.755.4551 to arrange for an appointment and upon inspection a Compliance Examiner will assign and affix a Trailer Identification Number.
Sales tax, if applicable, registration fees and title fees will be collected.