New Jersey Trailer Bill of Sale Form


A New Jersey trailer bill of sale form transcribes the negotiations of a car exchange. The merchant and interested party can transfer it by cash, trade, or gift. If both parties agree to a swap, or the owner gifts the trailer, the person completing the form must provide the details in the “Additional Terms” section. Similarly, cash transactions require the seller to enter the amount paid by the buyer. Under all circumstances, the document must contain the trailer’s description, the purchase date, and signatures from the buyer and seller.

  • Statutes: § 39:4-54
  • Signing Requirements: The person relinquishing ownership and the transferee must sign.

What is a New Jersey Trailer Bill of Sale?

A New Jersey trailer bill of sale is a testimony of the deal that a buyer and seller established. Each person associated with the transfer must enter their credentials, including their name, home location, phone number, and email address. The document also requires a full description of the trailer, such as its manufacturer, model, length, width, type, year, axles, and vehicle identification number (VIN). It becomes complete once it contains the sale date, payment amount, and all appropriate signatures.

How to Register a Trailer (3 Steps)

The state categorizes trailers as “other non-commercial motor vehicles,” which falls under Code 22. All trailers in New Jersey need registration; however, only tow-behinds weighing more than 2,500 pounds (unladen) need a title. This law applies to manufactured and homemade trailers with or without motive power. It does not include pole trailers or rigs towed by motor vehicles for carrying people or property. Residents can apply for a tag and title by making an appointment through their nearest motor vehicle agency.

Step 1 – Title

Trailers weighing over 2,500 pounds need a title. To obtain this document, owners visit a motor vehicle agency with 1) a properly assigned title*, 2) a Universal Title Application  (Form OS/SS-UTA), 3) and payment for the required fees. The state accepts cards, checks, money orders, and cash.

*Must include the buyer and seller’s names, addresses, signatures, sale date, purchase price, and buyer’s driver’s license number.

Step 2 – Registration

All trailers operated on public roadways require registration, regardless of weight. Owners must make an appointment with their local motor vehicle agency to submit the necessary documentation and payment. Residents who cannot attend the meeting can assign an agent to act in their place. They must provide the named individual with a signed power of attorney and their driver’s license.

Generally, all customers must provide the same forms; however, specific situations require additional paperwork. For example, leased or financed trailers require the lien holder’s information and financing statement, while companies must provide their business’ Entity Identification Number (EIN) and Federal Tax ID Number. While the state does not require insurance on trailers, they recommend it and request that the individual provide proof if applicable.

Individuals who built a homemade trailer (or had someone build it for them) have a separate set of requirements. In addition to providing the standard forms, they must also submit the original receipts for the parts used and a notarized statement with the construction details, a list of the parts and materials, and the date and location for all purchased parts. If the parts came from another trailer, they must include its VIN. They must also hand in a certified weight slip (only if it weighs more than 2,500 pounds), colored pictures from each angle of the trailer, and an Application for Certificate of Title for Homemade Trailer (Form OS/SS-32).

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Step 3 – Renew

Trailer owners in New Jersey must renew their tags every year. The expiration date exists on the sticker provided during the previous registration. Motor vehicle agencies also send renewal notices within three (3) months of expiration. The document contains information on how and where to submit the documents and payment. Residents must renew, even if they do not receive a notice. Anyone operating an unregistered trailer can receive fines and tickets from law enforcement.