Originally Posted by Meghan
Do you know how I might do that?
Looks like your new trailer might be more than "Yard Art" after all!
I thought if we looked hard enough we might find a solution...check this out!
The following is from a site about titling what they're calling "barn finds", which pretty much describes your circumstances.
It's posted for scooter owners, but I can't see why it wouldn't work for your trailer
The site is at Register a barn find - scoot.net
Here's their recommended method for New York:
Take ALL of these things down to the DMV, wait in line and hand them all over.
Original Bill of Sale by New York state resident(needs to include price, year/make/model, odometer reading and VIN
number and the names and signatures of the buyer and the seller.) A bill of sale from an out-of-state resident may need to be notarized and include additional details about ownership history.
Completed FORM DTF-802 (Statement of Transaction) - http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/forms/dtf802.pdf
Completed FORM MV-51B (Statement of Ownership) - http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/forms/mv51b.pdf
Completed FORM MV-82 (Vehicle Registration/Title Application) - http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/forms/mv82.pdf
Verification of the VIN
# (tracing/rubbing/clear photograph of VIN or signed statement from a police officer)
Proof of name and date of birth (NYS Driver's license
or "six points of identification" found at the bottom of NYS DMV - Identification Required to Apply for a Driver License
Proof of insurance (original insurance card)
You walk out with a NON-TRANSFERRABLE registration
and the TRANSFERRABLE one comes from Albany in 4-6 weeks. Also- it only cost someone $63.00 (and that included the tax they had to pay on the vehicle purchase price!).
If you want historical or vintage (scooter must be 25 years or older) license
plates, you must mail or visit the Albany DMV directly. The local DMV office will not be able to handle this - www.nydmv.state.ny.us/forms/mv440H.pdf
(Thanks Tom and Anna, via Stian) For reference: http://www.iscootny.com/faq
[Giving credit where due: This was written and first posted by "Chonky" (Allison) on Gotham Rally
board. - Rob S.]
This all requires full cooperation from the seller, of course.
If you can't find a VIN/serial #, you might have to get a new one of those, too.
Hope this helps!