ALL the state DMV's and most local county clerks have "THE BIG BOOK" that outlines all the registration
guidelines for each state in the union as it pertains to the registration
of vehicles, trailer's in each state as the registration
of these type of conveyance is still the domain of each state and not the Federal government.
As such they ALL can find out the registration guidelines for our trailers when that trailer comes from out of state if they do not know and want to find out. Your lazy county clerk or registration agent may not want to look HOWEVER they all can find out the information and provide the necessary requirements for registration of your new to you trailer in your state of residence.
Say you won't buy a vehicle from a state without a title
? Well you won't be buying a 1973 or older vehicle from the State of New York, a 1975 or older vehicle from Alabama or a 15 year old vehicle from Georgia. They do not issue title's on those vehicles. All you get is a license
plate and tag receipt. Got a privately owned utility trailer in Tennessee this is NOT used commercially? You do not need to title
or tag the trailer. Got and RV trailer in Tennessee? You have to title
, register and tag it! Got a boat in Tennessee? You register the boat for the keel number however there are no titles issued for boats in Tennessee. Many older vintage trailers do not have titles as titles were not necessary what back when they were new in a lot of states.
Point being that ALL the states DMV and county clerks can find out what the registration requirements were for the vehicle or trailer in the previous owner's state of registration IF they want to. Getting them to do it might be a whole nother discussion!
You as a buyer can also find out this same information on every state's DMV webpage if you want to take the time to do so. That way you too can be properly prepared if the trailer you are purchasing does not have a title, registration or from another state different from your state of residence.
All it takes is a little effort on both the buyer's and seller's part to know what to do.