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Old 03-22-2013, 10:54 AM   #15
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Check with the Canadian Provencal rules. Alberta says the license plate belongs to the current owner, not the trailer. When sold, the owner should remove the plate. If you have no transit permit, you'll be towing a trailer with no license plate. The US customs form is a 7501 and it needs to be stamped at the border. This is the form that you state's dept. of transportation needs to see to issue a new title.
While that is true, the plate can not be reused. A new plate is issued every time you register a trailer. The last person I bought a trailer from let me take the plate, as long as I promised to destroy it when I was done.
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Old 03-22-2013, 11:31 AM   #16
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plates in Ontario can be reused.. you just need to pay the fee to transfer
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:21 PM   #17
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While that is true, the plate can not be reused. A new plate is issued every time you register a trailer. The last person I bought a trailer from let me take the plate, as long as I promised to destroy it when I was done.
Alberta issues "permanent" (never expires, no renewal required) trailer plates, so perhaps that has something to do with their re-use. Motor vehicle plates here can be routinely transferred to a succession of vehicles... for the same owner. The buyer of any vehicle does not get the plate.

I can see getting away with using the previous owner's plate - who will ever check it? - but that's not how the system is supposed to work, as far as I know. I assume an in-transit permit is supposed to be used instead for exceptional cases such as buying and exporting a vehicle.

Although these owner-associated plates (which are probably used in all provinces by now, but at least B.C., Alberta, and Ontario) don't go with the vehicle, the registration form does - it normally has a section in it which is used to document the transfer of ownership; the new owner presents that when registering it in their name.
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:31 PM   #18
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Check with the Canadian Provencal rules. Alberta says the license plate belongs to the current owner, not the trailer. When sold, the owner should remove the plate. If you have no transit permit, you'll be towing a trailer with no license plate. The US customs form is a 7501 and it needs to be stamped at the border. This is the form that you state's dept. of transportation needs to see to issue a new title.
Are you saying that no plate/temporary registration tag is required if the 7501 form is stamped at the border?
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Old 03-22-2013, 03:38 PM   #19
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Are you saying that no plate/temporary registration tag is required if the 7501 form is stamped at the border?
Those are two completely separate issues/jurisdictions.

Licence plates are for traveling on roads. It's unlikely that a State/Provincial LEO that stops you for no plates will be interested in a form issued by a Customs agency.

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Old 03-22-2013, 07:03 PM   #20
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The plates in Ontario are permanent for trailers as well, it's just that here it's plate to owner, not plate to vehicle. I have one trailer plate that is over 30 years old, and has been on at least 10 different trailers. each trailer i sell goes without a plate, and each one I buy or build gets registered with the old plate. our ownership(registration) takes the place of a US title. the ownership goes with the trailer after the previous (current) owner signs it.
In Ontario it is a small green form about half the size of a title with all the pertinent information on it. this is what you would give the DMV, and they should convert that into a title for you.
In Ontario, after importing a vehicle, the title goes to the ministry of transportation when you register it , they keep the US title, and issue an Ontario ownership.

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Old 03-22-2013, 08:54 PM   #21
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I think "keep the plate" jurisdictions are more sensible than the ones (like Oklahoma) in which the plate goes with the vehicle. The latter routine has been known to give rise to problems, like when a new owner gets into a bind over a previous owner's unpaid tickets!

Interestingly (to me anyway), in Oklahoma a travel trailer must be tagged (local parlance for 'license plate') and titled, but a cargo trailer need not be tagged nor titled.
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