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Old 01-11-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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My aunt is selling us her utility trailer that she no longer uses and my husband is driving down to Florida in a few weeks to pick it up. A friend of his told him that he might need tags for it, but I can't find any information on the SC DMV site to confirm. Can anyone confirm this for me?

I believe it's 5' x 8'..if that helps. Tx!
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:00 AM
 
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No. Trailers do not have to be registered in SC. I have a boat trailer and a utility trailer both not registered and do not have plates.
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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Thanks!!
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:50 PM
 
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Mayday is correct but if you plan on hauling it in to a surrounding state, you best have a tag on it or plan on possibly getting a ticket. Once you go to NC you are bound by their laws which require a trailer to be tagged.

I recently bought a Jet Ski trailer. Started asking around and heard NC is ticketing for non-tagged trailers regardless of SC requirements. Long story short, if you plan on entering another state, just go to SCDMV and pay the $50 for a permanent tag (you never have to renew), it is less than the ticket you may get. Otherwise you will be fine.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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That's interesting! I wouldn't think that you can get a ticket if you're just driving thru their state...but then again...they have to meet those quotas! He's picking it up from Florida...so the only state we'll pass thru besides Florida and SC is Georgia. I guess I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the heads up!
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:55 PM
 
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That's interesting! I wouldn't think that you can get a ticket if you're just driving thru their state...but then again...they have to meet those quotas! He's picking it up from Florida...so the only state we'll pass thru besides Florida and SC is Georgia. I guess I'll have to look into that. Thanks for the heads up!
Well you guessed it, it is all about revenue. If one were to get a "no tag" ticket in NC they could probably go to court and have it dropped but I am pretty sure most people would just pay it rather take the time to challenge it.

For me, I would rather just pay the minimal cost for a tag than have to deal with the hassle even once. The other good thing is that you also get a title to the trailer so if you ever want to sell it you can sell it to someone in another state as well.

If you decide to do it, make sure you ask for a Utility Purpose Tag, also known as an "UP Tag". This tag is Permanent, has a one time fee, comes with a title and it is not registered with the county so you don't have to pay yearly property tax on the trailer. If you get the Standard SC Permanent Trailer Tag, you have to pay property tax yearly. I think the UP Tag is good for trailers up to 1000lbs or something like that.

If you plan to use it exclusively in SC once you get it here I wouldn't worry with it though. In my case, I do go in the NC occasionally which was my reason, plus I wanted a title anyway. If you don't plan to take it to NC but still want a title, I think they have a title only option for around $35
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Old 01-14-2012, 07:07 PM
 
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Samana - Does your aunt have a valid tag on the trailer (Fla does require tags on some trailers) ?

If so, use her tag to transport the trailer. Then mail it back to her so she can turn it in.
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Old 09-18-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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old post, but figured I would update. I have a trailer that was purchased with no title and I was not worried about that because in SC you dont need them. But I bring this trailer to NC, TN, and other neighboring states and was hoping to avoid any problems.

The UP tag is now $75 plus a $15 fee to transfer the title...if you have one.

I'm trying to figure out how I am going to work this?

any suggestions on how to get a title?
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:02 PM
 
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I have a 5x8 utility trailer. Reg. In texas, how much does it cost to register it in fla.? It's empty wri ft is 1200.

Last edited by patty davey; 07-09-2015 at 04:03 PM.. Reason: Regarding a fla tag
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Old 07-09-2015, 04:08 PM
 
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Default Florida tag

Just wanted to find out what I have to do regarding making my texas trailer legal in Florida. I have a title. The title says the trailers empty weight is 1200 lbs. Thank you patricia davey
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