Hawaii Trailer Bill of Sale Form


A Hawaii trailer bill of sale form authorizes negotiations between buyers and sellers. It allows each person to organize the essential information into easy-to-read sections. After filling out the form, both parties can use it as a quick reference if questions arise post-sale. Most importantly, the buyer and seller must provide their full name, signature, and date to indicate their approval of the details listed within the form.

  • Statutes: § 286-47.2 | § 286-52.5
  • Signing Requirements: The buyer and seller must acknowledge the document by signing.

What is a Hawaii Trailer Bill of Sale?

A Hawaii trailer bill of sale personifies an agreement created by two (2) individuals. It represents each person’s willingness to carry out the deal legally. By signing, the buyer and seller verify the information and agree to follow state law.

The buyer uses the completed document to prove ownership when registering the trailer. Therefore, they must ensure it meets the standards of the licensing office. Otherwise, the state can reject their application, thus delaying their ability to use the trailer.

How to Register a Trailer (4 Steps)

Trailer registration must occur within thirty (30) days of buying a new or used trailer (§ 286-52.5). Incoming residents bringing a trailer into the state also need to register in this month’s timeframe.

Step 1 – Trailer Weight

Hawaii requires owners to provide proof of the trailer’s weight. New trailers come with a manufacturer’s statement of origin (MSO), which they can use as a weight slip.

However, owners of used trailers without an MSO or homemade trailers must take them to a weigh station. A certified state weighmaster assesses the trailer and gives the transferee a form with the weight on it. The motor vehicle office requests this document during registration.

Step 2 – Inspection

The motor vehicle office requires a Hawaii Vehicle Inspection Certificate for trailers weighing 10,000 pounds or less. Similarly, they request a State Department of Transportation Inspector Certificate for trailers over 10,000 pounds. Used trailers with a Hawaii registration do not need an inspection if the new owner has the certificate.

If the trailer does not have a certificate, the owner must visit a safety inspector. They must bring the MSO, weight slip, or another form with the trailer’s weight.

The trailer must pass pre-inspection, or the owner must fix the issue and have it re-inspected. Trailers without registration will “fail registration.” The owner must bring the safety check and fail certificate to the motor vehicle office within thirty (30) days.

Out-of-state and homemade trailers require two (2) inspections. First, they must meet with a motor vehicle control inspector who verifies or assigns a VIN. Next, the individual sees the safety check inspector, who must provide a pre-inspection pass and failed registration certificate.

Step 3 – Registration

The trailer owner must bring the appropriate paperwork and fees to their local motor vehicle office. Individuals must register in the county in which they reside.

After the applicant passes, they receive a registration and license plate. Then, they go back to the safety check inspector to present the information. The inspector completes the check and attaches the “pass” sticker to the trailer.

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Step 4 – Renewal

Hawaii trailer registration renewals must occur annually. The owner should receive a mail notice and renewal application within forty-five (45) days of the expiration date. They cannot renew if they have unsettled traffic violations or owe money to the state.

Residents must provide the completed renewal application, certificate of safety inspection form, and payment no more than ten (10) business days before the expiration date. Individuals who fail to do so must pay additional penalties. Renewals can occur by mail, at a kiosk, or online.