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There are few things as exciting as buying a new (or new to you) RV. But before you can start your new RV adventure, there’s one thing you need to do: register your RV. Here are the RV registration rules by state.

No matter what kind of RV you have, you’ll need to register it before you can legally take it on the road. But because the process varies from state to state (and even county to county), things can get confusing. But don’t worry; we’re here to walk you through the process in all 50 states and DC. First, let’s take a look at some common registration questions.

Do RVs and Camper Trailers Need to be Registered Like a Regular Vehicle Does?

Do RVs and Camper Trailers Need to be Registered Like a Regular Vehicle Does?
A car pulling a small towable RV

Do RVs need to be registered like your regular vehicle? The short answer is: yes. All 50 states (and DC) require you to register an RV before taking it on the road, just like a regular vehicle.

You’ll need to register your RV whether it’s self-propelled (like a motorhome) or towed by another vehicle (like a travel trailer, fifth wheel, pop-up).

In some cases, trailers are registered slightly differently than other vehicles. But in general, the process is the same for RVs as for anything else on the road. 

The main difference between registering an RV and a vehicle is the cost. RVs usually (but not always) pay different fees than other passenger cars. 

Do Towable RVs have VIN Numbers?

Do Towable RVs have VIN Numbers?
A parked fifth-wheel trailer

You’ll need to provide your vehicle’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) as a part of the registration process. But do towable RVs even have VIN numbers?

Yes, towable RVs like travel trailers and fifth wheels do have a VIN! Even small trailers like pop-up campers will have a VIN.

Their location isn’t standardized, so you might have to hunt a bit to find it. The VIN on a trailer is commonly found:

  • Along the tongue of the trailer
  • On the frame of the trailer
  • Inside the lower corner of one of the exterior sidewalls
  • Within the interior cabinets
  • Inside of exterior storage areas or compartments

Because the VIN on a towable RV can be hard to find, it’s often easier to check your documentation if you can. A vehicle’s VIN can be found on its title. It is often on the bill of sale as well, but not always. 

Do I Need Insurance to Register My RV or Camper?

Do I Need Insurance to Register My RV or Camper?
An auto insurance policy

Yes! Just like any vehicle, auto insurance is required if you want to take your RV on the road. Without insurance, you won’t be able to register your vehicle.

However, a towed RV generally doesn’t need its own insurance. Instead, the insurance of your tow vehicle will generally extend to cover the trailer. 

The exact requirements will vary from state to state. You’ll need coverage for bodily injury and property damage in every state. But some states also require you to have coverage for personal injury or uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. 

One other thing to note is that if you’re planning to rent your RV for some extra cash, you’ll probably need a slightly different policy. In fact, a typical insurance policy will drop your coverage for lending out your RV to someone else!

To avoid this problem, you can use a policy like this one from Roamly. They have policies that let you rent out your RV without worrying about having your coverage dropped. 

RV Registration Rules By State

Do I Need Insurance to Register My RV or Camper?
A toy RV parked on a map of the US

When you register your RV, you’ll generally title your RV at the same time. In the case of private sales, you’ll have to get the title transferred into your name. 

In most cases, the registration process will be more or less the same, no matter what kind of RV you have. Usually, you’ll see a self-propelled RV referred to as a “motorhome” by your state’s DMV or other offices. Towable trailers are referred to by various names such as travel trailers, camper trailers, or recreational trailers. 

In almost every state, you can go in person to register your RV. Some states also allow you to register by mail and a few let you register completely online. In many states, if you buy from a dealer, they can handle the title and registration on your behalf.

States usually give you a certain time period to register your vehicle after purchasing one or moving to the state. If you miss this time period, you’ll usually have to pay extra fees as a penalty. 

Every state handles its registration fees differently, and fees will also often be different from county to county. In some cases, the state and/or county will provide a fee schedule or calculator. But in other cases, you’ll have to contact the relevant authority directly to find out the exact fees. 

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s look at the different requirements to register an RV in all 50 states and DC! 

Alabama

RV Registration in Alabama

You’ll have to register your RV within 20 days of purchase in Alabama. You’re responsible for registration whether you buy through a dealer or a private sale.

Just moved to the “Heart of Dixie?” New Alabama residents have 30 days to register. 

In Alabama, you’ll register your RV in person at your local county registration office. It’s important to note that Alabama tags are renewed every year (so plan accordingly).

There are a couple of exceptions to registering your RV in Alabama though:

  • You do not have to register travel trailers older than 20 years.
  • Vehicle more than 35 years old also don’t have to be registered.  

Alabama has the following coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident

The Alabama registration fee for your RV will be based on weight. The fee starts at $23 for vehicles under 8,000 pounds and goes up to $890 for vehicles over 80,000 pounds. Travel trailers pay a flat $12 registration fee.

Alaska

RV Registration in Alaska

In Alaska, registering your RV is your responsibility whether it’s from a dealer or a private sale. If you’ve just moved to the “Last Frontier,” new Alaska residents have to register within only 10 days of arriving in the state!

RV registration is done in person at your local DMV office and Alaska tags are renewed every two years. However, vehicles over 8 years old can be permanently registered

Alaska has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $50,000 per person; $100,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

The base fee to register is $100 for a motorhome and $30 for a trailer. You might have to pay extra fees depending on where you live as well. For example, residents of Anchorage pay an extra $110 to register their motorhome. 

Arizona

RV Registration in Arizona

You must register your RV within 15 days of purchase in Arizona. You’re responsible for handling the registration whether you buy from a dealer or a private sale. New Arizona residents must register as soon as they establish residency. 

In the “Grand Canyon State”, you’ll register your RV in person at your local Motor Vehicle Division office. You can register for one, two, or five years at a time which is convenient if you’ll be on the road. 

Keep in mind, you may be required to do an emissions test before registering your RV. This is required for any vehicle more than 5 years old unless it was made before 1967. 

Arizona has the following coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $15,000 per accident

You’ll pay $13.50 in registration fees, plus a vehicle license tax (VLT). The VLT is based on the value of the vehicle and the amount of the VLT goes down every time you renew.

Arkansas

Whether you buy through a dealer or a private sale, you’ll have to handle the registration yourself within 30 days of purchase in Arkansas. New residents of the “Natural State” also have 30 days to register. 

Registration is done completely online through the Arkansas My DMV website. This is a convenient method because Arkansas tags are renewed every year.

Arkansas has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

Registration fees are based on vehicle type and weight:

  • $17 for motorhomes under 3,000 pounds
  • $25 for motorhomes between 3,001 and 4,500 pounds
  • $30 for motorhomes over 4,500 pounds

Trailers are registered permanently for a flat $36 fee. There is also a $2.50 validation decal fee and a $10 title fee. 

California

RV Registration in California

If you’ve completed a private RV sale in California, you’ll need to register your RV within 10 days of purchase in the “Golden State”. If you buy through a dealer, they’ll usually take care of the registration for you. Just moved? New California residents have 20 days to register their RVs. 

Within California, you’ll register your RV in person at your local DMV office. California tags are renewed every year. An added step is that your RV may need to pass a smog inspection to be registered.

California has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $15,000 per person; $30,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $5,000 per accident

California vehicle registration fees are fairly complicated. They’re based on your vehicle type, purchase price, weight, where you live, and more. There are also other fees to pay like the California Highway Patrol fee and the transportation improvement fee.

To help you figure out your fees, California has a fee calculator for both new vehicles and used vehicles

Colorado

RV Registration in Colorado

You have 60 days to register your RV after you buy it in Colorado. New residents to the “Centennial State” have 90 days to register!

Registration can be done online at the Colorado DMV website or in person at your local DMV office. However, if you live in Crowley or Hinsdale county, you cannot register online – you’ll have to go in person. Colorado RV tags are renewed every year. 

Colorado has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $15,000 per accident 

Registration fees in Colorado are based on a number of factors like your vehicle’s type, weight, and purchase price. The exact calculation depends on what county you live in.

Connecticut

In Connecticut, registering your newly purchased RV is your responsibility in the “Constitution State”. Connecticut’s DMV doesn’t specify a timeframe for registering a newly purchased vehicle. However, new residents have 90 days to register

You can only register in person at a DMV office and you’ll need to make an appointment. Connecticut tags are renewed every three years. 

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to register your RV if you have unpaid property taxes or parking tickets. You’ll also have to meet Connecticut’s emissions testing requirements to be able to register.

Connecticut has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident

Connecticut lists the following registration fees for motorhome registration:

  • $112.50 Registration Fee
  • $5.00 Plate Fee
  • $15.00 Clean Air Act Fee
  • $10.00 Greenhouse Gas Fee
  • $10.00 Administrative Fee   
  • $25.00 Title Fee
  • $10.00 Lien Fee (if applicable)
  • $15.00 Passport to Parks Fee 

For a trailer, the fees are:

  • $28.50 Registration Fee
  • $5.00 Plate Fee 
  • $25.00 Title Fee (if the GVWR is more than 3000 pounds)
  • $10.00 Administrative Fee
  • $10.00 Lien Fee (if applicable)

Delaware

RV Registration in Delaware

If you live in the “First State,” you must register an RV within 30 days of purchasing it in Delaware. Whether you buy from a dealer or a private sale, registration is your responsibility. New Delaware residents have 60 days to register.

Registration is done in person at your local DMV office. Delaware tags are renewed every year. Plus, your RV will have to pass a safety and emissions inspection to be able to register.

Delaware has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $5,000 per accident
  • Personal injury protection: $15,000 per person; $30,000 per accident

Registration fees are based on weight and vehicle type. RVs under 5,000 pounds cost $40 to register. For every 1,000 pounds over 5,000, you’ll pay an extra $6.40.

Trailers are $15 under 1,000 pounds; $20 between 1,001 and 2,000 pounds; $40 from there up to 5,000 pounds. For every 1,000 pounds over 5,000, you’ll pay another $18. 

Florida

A newly purchased RV in Florida should be registered within 30 days of purchase. Like in many other states, an authorized dealership can handle the registration process for you. New residents of the “Sunshine State” have just 10 days to register their vehicles. 

You’ll register in person at your local tax collector’s office. Florida tags are renewed every year.

Florida has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $10,000 per person; $20,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident
  • Personal injury protection: $10,000 per person
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $10,000 per person; $20,000 per accident

To register your RV in Florida, you’ll have to pay a $225 initial registration fee the first time you register, plus $28 for your license plate. You will also have to pay other fees based on your vehicle’s weight, type, and use. 

Georgia

RV Registration in Georgia

Welcome to Georgia! If you purchased an RV at a dealer in the “Peach State,” you have 30 days to register a vehicle – but the dealer is able to do this for you! For a private sale, you’ll have to register your RV within seven business days. New Georgia residents have 30 days to register. 

You’ll register in person at your local county tag office. Georgia tags are renewed every year. 

Georgia has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per person

There are a number of fees you might have to pay. Most commonly, you’ll pay $18 for the title application as well as the title ad valorem tax (TAVT). The TAVT is 6.6% of the fair market value of your vehicle or 3% for new Georgia residents. 

Hawaii

Aloha and welcome to Hawaii!

Each of Hawaii’s counties has its own registration process for registering an RV. But the process doesn’t vary too much between them. 

In the “Aloha State,” a dealership will usually handle the registration for you. For a private sale, you’ll have 30 days to register. New residents of Hawaii also have 30 days to register. Hawaii tags are renewed every year.

You’ll have to register in person at the appropriate office depending on your county. You can find more info on your county’s website:

  1. Hawaii County
  2. Honoulu County
  3. Kauai County
  4. Maui County

Before you can register your RV, it will have to undergo a safety inspection. These can be done at a gas station or mechanic. 

Hawaii has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability coverage: $20,000 per person; $40,000 per accident
  • Personal injury protection: $10,000 per person
  • Property damage liability coverage: $10,000
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $20,000 per person; $40,000 per accident

Registration fees are based on your vehicle’s weight. The exact amount you’ll pay depends on the county and will be given to you at the DMV. 

Idaho

RV Registration in Idaho

In Idaho, if you buy your RV from a dealership, they’ll usually handle the registration process for you. If not, or if you do a private sale, you’ll have 30 days to register. New “Gem State” residents have 90 days to register. 

Registration is done in person at your local DMV office and Idaho tags are renewed every year.

Idaho has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $15,000 per person
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident

Registration fees for RVs are based on market value.

…Fees start at $8.50 for the first $1,000 of market value, plus $5 for each additional $1,000 of market value.

Idaho DMV’s registration fact sheet

A motorhome’s value will be calculated based on 25-60% of its full value. The percentage depends on the type of motorhome:

  • Class C – 50%
  • Class A – 60%; front engine diesel – 45%; rear engine diesel – 58%
  • Van conversions or Class B – 25%

The value of a towable RV is based on 100% of the value.

On top of the value fee, there’s also an extra $4 registration fee. 

Illinois

RV Registration in Illinois

In Illinois, all vehicles have to be registered within 20 days of purchase. If you buy from a dealer in the “Land of Lincoln,” (it’s a sore subject to mention that he was born and raised in Kentucky) they are required to handle this for you, but if it’s a private sale, it’s your responsibility. New residents in Illinois have 30 days to register.  

You can register by mail or in person at your local Secretary of State office. Illinois tags are renewed every year.

Illinois has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $20,000 per person
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident

Registration fees are based on the weight of your RV. For motorhomes, fees range from $78 to $102; for trailers, they range from $18 to $50. You will also have to pay a $150 title fee. 

Indiana

If you buy an RV from a dealership in Indiana, the dealer will usually handle the registration for you. For a private sale, you can register online up to 45 days after purchase; after that point, you’ll have to go in person. New “Hoosier State” residents have 60 days to register and must do so in person.

You can make an appointment at the branch nearest you through the Indiana.gov website. Indiana tags are renewed every year. 

Indiana has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily Injury: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Uninsured motorist property damage: $25,000 per accident

The registration fee for an RV in Indiana is $29.35. You’ll also have to pay various state, county, and possibly municipal taxes. 

Iowa

In Iowa, if you buy your RV through a dealer, they can handle the registration process for you. New residents to the “Hawkeye State” have 30 days to register. 

Registration is done in person at your local county treasurer’s office and Iowa tags are renewed every year.

Iowa has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $20,000 per person; $40,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $15,000 per accident

Registration fees for RVs are based on class, how old the model year is, and in the case of class A RVs: the suggested retail price. The price ranges for each class are Class C: $80 to $110; Class B: $65 to $90; Class A: $85 to $400.

The fees for travel trailers are based on square footage and age. Trailers between 1 and 6 years old pay $0.30 per square foot. If the trailer is any older than that, you’ll pay 75% of this rate.

Kansas

RV-Registration-in-Kansas

Any RV bought in Kansas should be registered within 60 days of purchase. If you buy through a dealership, they can handle this for you. New “Sunflower State” residents have 90 days to register.

Registration is done in person at your local county treasurer’s office. Kansas tags are renewed every year.

Kansas has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Personal injury protection: $4,500 per person for medical expenses; $900 per month for one year for disability/loss of income; $25 per day for in-home services; $2,000 for funeral/burial/cremation expenses; $4,500 for rehabilitation expenses

Registration fees will depend on the county you live in. Contact your local county treasurer’s office to get an estimate of the fees you’ll owe. 

Kentucky

RV Registration in Kentucky

Whether you just bought or are a new resident, Kentucky doesn’t give a specific timeframe to register your RV. But, you’ll still need to complete this process before you can get on the road. 

Registration is done in person at your local county clerk’s office. “Bluegrass State” tags are renewed yearly. 

Kentucky has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

Kentucky will also allow you to have a single policy with a limit of $60,000 in lieu of these coverages. 

Registration fees will depend on your county. You’ll need to contact your local county clerk’s office for exact fees and taxes. 

Louisiana

RV Registration in Louisiana

In Louisiana, you have to register your RV within 40 days of purchase which can be done by a dealer if you buy through a dealership. New residents of the “Pelican State” have 30 days to register.

Registration can be done by mail or in person at your local Office of Motor Vehicles. In Louisiana, motorhome tags are renewed every two years. Trailers can be registered for 1 year, 4 years, or permanently. 

Louisiana has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $15,000 per person; $30,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

Registration fees in Louisiana depend on the type and value of your vehicle. For a motorhome, some common fees include:

  • $68.50 title fee
  • $8.00 handling fee
  • $50.00 registration fee

Additionally, you’ll pay 0.1% of your vehicle’s value per year of registration. The exact fees and taxes you pay will depend on where you live. Contact your local OMV office to get a more exact estimate. 

Maine

In Maine, a dealership cannot complete your RV registration for you. It’s your responsibility to register your vehicle whether it’s from a dealership or a private sale. For new “Pine Tree State” residents, you have 30 days to register your vehicle. 

The Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles gives specific instructions for registering both camper trailers and motorhomes on their website. 

Registration is done in person at your local municipal office if your municipality participates in the registration program. If they don’t, you’ll have to go to a BMV branch office. Maine tags are renewed yearly. 

Maine has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $50,000 per person; $100,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $50,000 per person; $100,000 per accident
  • Medical payments coverage: $2,000 per person

Maine RV registration fees are based on the type of vehicle and weight. Motorhome registration fees in Maine start at $21 and go up from there. For trailers up to 2,000 pounds, the cost is $21 to register and $40 if it’s over 2,000 pounds. 

In Maine, you will also have to pay the excise tax for your vehicle. You can get more information from your local municipal office. 

Maryland

RV Registration in Maryland

Home to Chesapeake Bay, blue crabs, the city of Baltimore, and RVBlogger- Welcome to Maryland! If you buy an RV from a dealership in the “Free State,” the dealer will usually complete the registration process for you. If you’re a new Maryland resident, you have 60 days to register your rig. 

New residents can complete their registration by mail. In other situations, you’ll have to go make an appointment at your local Motor Vehicle Administration office. Maryland tags can be registered for one or two years at a time. 

Used vehicles will need to pass a vehicle inspection to be able to register. 

Maryland has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $30,000 per person; $60,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $15,000 per accident

Maryland RV registration fees are based on the vehicle type and weight. For a motorhome, you’ll pay $135 if it’s under 3,700 pounds and $187 if it’s over. For a trailer, the fees are:

  • 3,000 pounds or less – $51
  • 3,001 pounds to 5,000 pounds – $102
  • 5,001 pounds to 10,000 pounds – $160
  • 10,001 pounds to 20,000 pounds – $248

You also may have to pay a 6% excise tax on your vehicle. 

Massachusetts

RV Registration in Massachusetts (Mass)

In Massachusetts, a dealership cannot complete your RV registration for you, so you’ll have to complete the registration yourself. New Massachusetts residents should register as soon as they establish residency. 

Registration is done in person at your local Registry of Motor Vehicles office and you’ll have to make an appointment first. The “Bay State’s” tags are renewed every one or two years, depending on the type of plate. 

Massachusetts has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $20,000 per person; $40,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $5,000 per accident
  • Personal injury protection: $8,000 per person, per accident
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $20,000 per person; $40,000 per accident

Massachusetts RV registration fees are based on vehicle type and, sometimes, weight. A motorhome is registered as an “auto home” and the fee is $50. For trailers, you will be charged $20 for every 1,000 pounds of weight. 

Michigan

RV Registration in Michigan

If you purchase your RV in Michigan, you must register it within 15 days. If you buy from a dealership, they’re required to process this for you. New residents of the “Great Lakes State” are required to register their rigs immediately.

Registration is done in person at your local Secretary of State branch office. You can schedule an appointment, but it’s not required. Michigan tags are renewed every year. 

Michigan has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $20,000 per person; $40,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident
  • Personal injury protection: $250,000 per person per accident
  • Property protection: $1 million
  • Uninsured motorist bodily injury: $20,000 per person; $40,000 per accident

Michigan RV registration fees are based on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the vehicle; for trailers, it is based on the weight. There’s a fee calculator to help you estimate on the Michigan Department of State website. 

Minnesota

If you purchase an RV from a dealership in Minnesota, the dealer can register your vehicle for you. New residents of the “North Star State” should register their RV within 60 days of making the move. 

Registration can be done by mail or in person at your local Driver & Vehicle Services office.

Minnesota has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $30,000 per person; $60,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident
  • Personal injury protection: $40,000 per person per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily injury: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident

Minnesota RV registration fees are $15.50 for both RVs and trailers. You’ll also have to pay a registration tax based on the age and value of your vehicle. To get more information on this tax, you can contact your local deputy registrar. 

Mississippi

RV Registration in Mississippi

If you purchase an RV from a dealer in Mississippi, they’ll handle the registration for you. Private sales should be registered within seven business days. New residents of the “Magnolia State” have 30 days to register. 

Vehicle registration in Mississippi is handled by the Mississippi Department of Revenue. You’ll register your RV in person at your local tax collector’s office. Mississippi tags are renewed yearly. 

Mississippi has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

To register your RV in Mississippi, you’ll pay a $12.75 registration fee, as well as various taxes. Taxes are based on the type and value of your vehicle and where you live.

Missouri

RV Registration in Missouri

In Missouri, your RV must be registered within 30 days of purchase. If it’s a sale through a dealership, the dealer cannot do this for you. New Missouri residents also have 30 days to register. 

Registration is done in person at your local license office. The “Show Me State” tags are registered for one or two years at a time. Your RV may need to complete a safety inspection to be registered. 

Missouri has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident

The registration fee for RVs in Missouri is $32.25 plus a $6 processing fee per year. So, if you register your RV for two years, you’ll pay $64.50 plus a $12 processing fee. 

Trailers can be registered for one year, three years, or permanently. The costs are:

  • $7.50 for one year
  • $22.50 for three years
  • $52.50 for a permanent registration

You may also have to pay certain taxes when you register your RV. The Missouri Department of Revenue has a tax calculator you can use to estimate this.

Montana

When you purchase an RV from a dealership in Montana, the dealer can start the registration process for you. However, you’ll still have to complete the registration yourself. If you’re a new resident to the “Big Sky Country State,” you’ll have 60 days to register. 

Registration is done in person at your local county treasurer’s office. You can register your RV for one or two years at a time. If you have a motorhome that’s over 11 years old or any travel trailer, permanent registration is also available. 

 Montana has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $20,000 per accident

Montana RV registration fees for motorhomes are based on the age of the vehicle. The fee schedule is:

  • Less than 2 years old – $282.50
  • Between 2 and 5 years old – $224.25
  • Between 5 and 8 years old – $132.50
  • 8 years old or older – $97.50
  • 11 years old or older (permanent registration) – $237.50

There is an additional 3% administrative fee on these amounts. You’ll also be charged $25.75 in other fees. 

For travel trailers, the registration fee is based on length. You’ll pay $72 for TTs under 16 feet and $152 travel trailers over 16 feet.

Nebraska

Welcome to Nebraska! You’ll have to register your RV within 30 days of purchase in the “Cornhusker State,” whether it’s from a dealer or a private sale. The dealership won’t do this for you. New residents of the cornhusking state also have 30 days to register. 

Registration can be done by mail or in person at your local County Treasurer’s office. Nebraska tags are renewed yearly. 

Nebraska has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $20,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident 

To register an RV in Nebraska, you’ll have to pay $23.80 in registration fees, plus a “motor vehicle fee” and a “motor vehicle tax”. For motorhomes and trailers, these fees are based on weight and age.

Nevada

If you buy an RV from a dealership in Nevada, you can register it completely online. This should be done before your temporary placard expires. If you go through a private sale, you have 30 days to register your rig in the “Silver State.” 

Registration is done in person at your local DMV office and you’ll need to make an appointment to register. Nevada tags are renewed yearly. Prior to registering your RV, your rig may be required to do an emissions test.

Nevada has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $20,000 per accident

In Nevada, you’ll pay a $33 registration fee for a motorhome or $27 for a trailer, plus some other fees and taxes. The Nevada DMV has a fee calculator to estimate the exact amount you’ll pay.

New Hampshire

RV Registration in New Hampshire

When you buy an RV through a dealer in New Hampshire, you’ll receive a 20-day temporary plate. If you go through a private sale, you can also get a temporary plate from a DMV. You’ll need to register your RV before this plate expires. New residents of the “Granite State” have 60 days to register. 

Vehicle registration in New Hampshire is a two-part process. The first part is handled by the town or city clerk where you live. The second part is typically done with the state; however, your town or city clerk may be able to do this part for you. 

You’ll have to register your RV in person at the clerk’s office. New Hampshire tags are renewed yearly. You will also need to have a vehicle inspection and an emissions test done as part of the RV registration process. 

New Hampshire has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Medical payments coverage: $1,000 per accident

In New Hampshire, you’ll have to pay registration fees to both the state and your municipality. For the state, fees are based on weight. You’ll have to contact your municipality to find out the fees they’ll charge. 

New Jersey

When you buy an RV from a dealership in New Jersey, they’ll usually handle the registration for you. For private sales, you’ll have to register within just 10 days. New residents have 60 days to register. 

You’ll have to register in person at your local Motor Vehicle Commission office. No walk-ins are accepted, so you’ll have to make an appointment. The “Garden State’s” tags are renewed yearly. 

The New Jersey MVC has specific instructions on their website for how to register a motorhome, as well as a trailer. However, the process is more or less the same as for any other vehicle. 

You’ll have to pass a vehicle inspection to register your RV. Inspections aren’t just a one-time thing in this state, You’ll need to do inspections every two years and every five years for new vehicles. 

New Jersey has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $15,000 per person; $30,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $5,000 per accident

RV registration fees in New Jersey are based on your vehicle’s age and weight. Fees range from $35.50 to $84.00

New Mexico

RV Registration in New Mexico

Whether your RV purchase is from a dealer or a private sale, you’ll have to complete the registration process yourself in New Mexico. Vehicles must be registered within 30 days of purchase. New residents have 60 days to register their RV in the “Land of Enchantment”. 

You’ll have to register in person at your local Motor Vehicle Division office. You can register your RV for one or two years at a time. 

New Mexico has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident

New Mexico RV registration fees are based on the weight and age of your vehicle. They range from $27 to $62 for one-year registrations and from $54 to $124 for two years.

New York

If you buy your RV from a dealership in New York State, the dealer can handle the registration for you. You must register your vehicle within 180 days of your auto insurance’s effective date. New residents have 30 days to register their RV in the “Empire State.”

You’ll register in person at your local DMV and you can make a reservation to do so online. Vehicles in New York State can be registered for one or two years at a time. In NY, you’ll have to go through safety and emissions inspections as a part of the registration process. Plus, to maintain your RV registration, you have to do a new inspection every 12 months. 

New York has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident

NY RV registration fees depend on the weight of your vehicle and where you live. You can estimate your registration fees using a calculator on the NY DMV website.

North Carolina

RV Registration in North Carolina

Whether you buy an RV from a dealer or a private sale in North Carolina, you’ll have to complete the registration process yourself. New residents of the “Tar Heel State” have 30 days to register. 

In NC, you’ll register in person at your local DMV office. Appointments are available, but not required. North Carolina tags are renewed every year. Your RV will have to pass a safety inspection before you can register it. Plus, you’ll have to repeat the inspection for every renewal annually. Certain counties also require an emissions inspection. 

North Carolina has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $30,000 per person; $60,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

In North Carolina, you’ll pay various fees to title and register your vehicle. These will depend on the type of vehicle and where you live. You’ll also pay a highway use tax at 3% of your vehicle’s value, up to $250 max. 

North Dakota

RV Registration in North Dakota

Welcome to North Dakota! In this state, you’ll have to complete your RV registration yourself whether you buy from a dealer or it’s sold through a private sale. However, if you buy from a dealer, you will receive a 75-day temporary registration.

The “Peace Garden State” doesn’t stress you out with a specific timeframe to register for new residents, but be sure to register it before heading out on your RV vacation.

Here you’ll register your RV in person at your local Department of Transportation office. North Dakota tags are renewed yearly. 

North Dakota has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

RV registration fees in North Dakota are based on the age and weight of the vehicle. 

Ohio

In Ohio, you’re required to register your RV yourself, regardless of the situation. New Ohio residents have 30 days to register. 

You’ll register in person at your local deputy registrar license agency. RVs in the “Buckeye State” are eligible for multi-year registration for up to five years at a time. In Ohio, you may be required to complete an emissions test, depending on where you live and your RV’s model year. 

Ohio has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

The Ohio registration fee for a motorhome is $46; for trailers, this fee is based on weight. You’ll also have to pay a deputy registrar fee ranging from $5 to $15. 

Oklahoma

RV Registration in Oklahoma

Whether you buy an RV from a dealer or a private sale in Oklahoma, you’ll need to complete the registration process yourself within 30 days of purchase. New “Sooner State” residents also have 30 days to register. 

Registration is done in person at your local Oklahoma Tax Commission office or at your local tag agency. Oklahoma RV tags are renewed yearly. 

Oklahoma has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

Oklahoma charges a flat registration fee of $96, plus an $11 title fee or a $17 title transfer fee. You may also need to pay excise and/or sales tax based on the purchase price of your RV. 

Oregon

If you buy your RV from a dealership in Oregon, they can complete the registration process for you. Whether the dealership registers your rig or you do, the process should be done within 30 days of purchase. New Oregon residents also have 30 days to register. 

You can register by mail or in person at your local DMV. You’ll need to make an appointment if you go in person. Oregon tags are renewed every two years. 

The “Beaver State” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $20,000 per accident
  • Personal injury protection: $15,000 per person
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident for bodily injury

In Oregon, you’ll pay RV registration fees based on vehicle type, age, and gas mileage. If you’re a resident of Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas County, you’ll also pay some extra fees. 

Pennsylvania

RV Registration in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, when you buy an RV through a dealership, they should complete the registration process for you. New Pennsylvania residents have 20 days to register. 

You’ll register in person at a PennDOT office. Pennsylvania plates are renewed every year. You’ll have to complete a safety inspection and, in some cases, an emissions inspection to register your RV. 

The “Keystone State” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $15,000 per person; $30,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $5,000 per accident

For motorhomes and trailers in Pennsylvania, registration fees are based on weight. 

Rhode Island

If you buy your RV from a dealership in Rhode Island, they can handle the registration process for you. New Rhode Island residents have 30 days to register. You’re only required to title vehicles that are from 2001 and newer. 

You’ll register in person at your local DMV office. You might need an appointment depending on what office you go to. Rhode Island tags are renewed every two years. You’ll need to go through a safety and emissions inspection to register your vehicle in the “Ocean State.” If you’re bringing an RV from out of state, you’ll also need to do a VIN check at your local police department.

Rhode Island has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident; $25,000 of property damage coverage

RV registration fees in Rhode Island are based on the weight of your RV. 

South Carolina

RV-Registration-in-South-Carolina

In South Carolina, you have to register your RV within 45 days of purchase. If you buy your RV from a dealer, they will generally take care of the registration process for you. New South Carolina residents also have 45 days to register. 

You can register by mail or in person at your local DMV office. South Carolina tags are renewed every two years.

The “Palmetto State” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident; $25,000 of property damage coverage

In South Carolina, you’ll pay a flat RV registration fee of $40 for a motorhome and $10 for a trailer. 

South Dakota

There’s a reason you see so many South Dakota plated RVs roaming about the country (and Mexico)!

You have 45 days after purchase to register your RV in South Dakota. If you go through a dealership, they can handle this for you. New South Dakota residents have 90 days to register. 

Registration is done in person at your local county treasurer’s office. South Dakota tags are renewed yearly. 

The “Mount Rushmore State” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident

In South Dakota, registration fees for RVs are based on age and weight.

Tennessee

Whether you buy your RV from a dealer or a private sale in Tennessee, you’ll have to complete the registration process yourself. Tennessee doesn’t give a specific timeframe to register for new residents or new purchases. 

Registration is done in person at your local county clerk’s office. Tennessee tags are renewed every year. 

The “Volunteer State” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $15,000 per accident

Tennessee charges a flat $26.50 RV registration fee. However, you may also have to pay additional fees depending on the county you live in. 

Texas

If you buy an RV from a dealer in Texas, they’re required to handle the registration process on your behalf. For private sales, you’ll need to register your RV within 30 days of purchase. New Texas residents also have 30 days to register. 

You’ll register your RV in person at your local county tax office. Texas tags are renewed every year. You’ll have to pass a safety inspection and in some cases an emissions inspection to register your vehicle in Texas. 

The “Lone Star State” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $30,000 per person; $60,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

Texas also requires the following coverages, but you can reject them in writing:

  • Personal injury protection: $2,500 per person
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $30,000 per person; $60,000 per accident; $25,000 property damage coverage

To register an RV in Texas, you’ll pay $51.75 in registration fees, plus any other county fees. 

Utah

RV Registration in Utah

If you buy an RV from a dealership in Utah, they can handle the registration process for you. New residents to the “Beehive State” have 60 days to register.

You’ll register in person at your local DMV office and keep in mind that some offices require an appointment. Utah tags are renewed every year.

In some cases, you might need to complete a safety and/or emissions inspection to be able to register your rig in Utah. 

Utah has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $65,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $15,000 per accident
  • Personal injury protection: $3,000 per accident

Utah also requires uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, but this can be rejected in writing.

In Utah, you’ll pay RV registration fees based on your vehicle type, weight, age, as well as the county you live in. You’ll need to contact the DMV to find out the exact amounts.

Vermont

If you buy your RV from a dealership in Vermont, they’re required to take care of the registration process for you. New Vermont residents have 60 days to register.

You can register by mail or in person at your local DMV office. If you go in person, you’ll need to schedule an appointment. You can register a vehicle in the “Green Mountain State” for one or two years at a time.

Vermont has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: $50,000 per person; $100,000 per accident; $10,000 of property damage coverage.

In Vermont, you’ll pay RV registration fees based on your vehicle’s type and what kind of fuel it uses. Fees for trailers are based on weight. 

Virginia

RV Registration in Virginia

Welcome to the state for lovers! If you buy your RV from a dealership in Virginia, the dealer can complete the registration process for you. New Virginia residents have 30 days to register. 

You can register your RV by mail or in person at your local DMV office. Vehicles in the “Old Dominion State” can be registered for one, two, or (in some cases) three years at a time. For some people, you may need to pass an emissions inspection to be able to register in Virginia.

Virginia has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $30,000 per person; $60,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $20,000 per accident

RV registration fees in Virginia are based on the type and weight of your vehicle. They’ll range from $30.75 to $35.75 for motorhomes and $18 to $40 for trailers. 

Washington

RV Registration in Washington State

When you buy an RV from a dealership in Washington state, they’ll handle the registration process for you. For a private sale, you have 15 days to register your new-to-you RV. New to Washington residents have 30 days to register.

You can register by mail or in person at your local vehicle licensing office. Washington tags are renewed every year. In some cases, you may need to pass an emissions inspection to be able to register your rig. 

The “Evergreen State” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident

In the Evergreen State, you’ll pay RV registration fees based on the type of vehicle. You’ll also pay some other fees depending on where you live and your vehicle’s value. 

Washington, DC

Whether you buy your RV from a dealer or a private sale in Washington, District of Columbia (D.C.), you’ll have to handle the registration yourself. This registration process will need to be completed within 60 days of purchase. New Washington, D.C. residents also have 60 days to register. 

RV registration is done in person at a DMV Service Center. D.C. tags are renewed every year. In Washington, D.C., your RV will need to pass a vehicle inspection to be able to be registered. 

“The District” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident; $5,000 property damage coverage

In the District of Columbia, you’ll pay RV registration fees based on the weight of your vehicle.

West Virginia

RV Registration in West Virginia

If you buy your RV from a dealer in West Virginia, they’re required to handle the registration process for you. New to West Virginia residents have 30 days to register. 

In West Virginia, you’ll register your RV in person at your local DMV office. You can schedule an appointment, but it’s not required. West Virginia tags are renewed every year, but trailers are registered for three years at a time. Prior to registering, your RV will need to pass a safety inspection

West Virginia has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $25,000 per accident

In the “Mountain State,” you’ll pay $76.50 in registration fees for an RV. The fees for a trailer adjust according to where you fall in the three-year registration cycle. 

Wisconsin

If you buy an RV from a dealer in Wisconsin, they are required to complete the registration process for you. New Wisconsin residents should register as soon as they establish residency. 

You can register online, by mail, or in-person through a licensed third party. Wisconsin does not currently handle in-person registrations at DMV service centers. Wisconsin tags are renewed every year. In some cases, you may need to complete an emissions test to be able to register.

The “Badger State” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $10,000 per accident

Wisconsin RV registration fees are based on the type and weight of your vehicle. 

Wyoming

Whether you buy your RV through a dealer or a private sale in Wyoming, you’ll need to complete the registration process yourself. New Wyoming residents should register as soon as they establish residency.

You’ll register your RV in person at your local county clerk’s office. Wyoming tags are renewed every year.

The “Equality State” has the following minimum coverage requirements for auto insurance:

  • Bodily injury liability: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident
  • Property damage liability: $20,000 per accident
  • Uninsured motorist coverage: $25,000 per person; $50,000 per accident

In Wyoming, you’ll pay RV registration fees based on the type and value of your vehicle.

Do Truck Campers Need to be Registered?

Most states don’t require truck campers to be registered or titled. The states consider them “cargo” in the pickup truck’s bed. The truck camper’s Certificate of Ownership or proper Bill of Sale has the correct information and counts as the camper’s official documentation.

If you check with your RV insurance company, your truck camper may even be covered through your truck’s insurance. We do recommend learning the details of your truck’s insurance if you go that route. If something happens, the truck camper may not have the coverage you want compared to an actual RV insurance policy.

The States below require truck campers to be registered and/or titled (Yes= +)

StateRegisteredTitled
Idaho++
Indiana++
Kentucky+
Michigan+
Mississippi++
Montana+
Nebraska+
Ohio+
Oregon++
Rhode Island+
Tennessee++
Utah+
Washington++

What is the Best State to Register a Motorhome?

What is the Best State to Register a Motorhome

If you live in your RV full-time, you might not consider any state your permanent home. But no matter how much you travel, you’ll still need to register your RV somewhere. And in most cases, you’ll need to be a legal resident (a.k.a. domicile) of a state to register your RV there. 

Some of the main things to consider when deciding where to register your RV are:

  • Taxes on things like your income, investments, and personal property
  • Fees to title, register, and renew your registration
  • How often you renew your vehicle(s) registration 
  • Cost of insurance
  • Requirements for establishing residency

Ideally, you want a state with low taxes and fees, affordable insurance, easy renewal (and/or a long registration period), and low requirements to become a resident.

Wherever you choose, you’ll need to return to the state occasionally for renewals and other things. It’s also good to pick a state that’s easy to get to in your RV. That means Hawaii and Alaska are off the list.

With these things in mind, there are three states that are generally considered the best to register your motorhome or travel trailer. They are Florida, Texas, and South Dakota.

Florida

The Sunshine State is a popular destination for RVers in general (especially in the winter). So it’s no surprise Florida is also a popular place to register your RV as well. 

Florida is a popular choice because it has no income tax and a relatively low sales tax of 6% (This doesn’t include individual county, property, and tourist additions).

You can also renew your tags online; every other driver’s license renewal can be done online as well. Because a Florida driver’s license is good for 8 years, you’d only need to go to the DMV in-person once every 16 years. 

Besides these benefits, Florida residents also get discounts on passes and tickets to Disney and other theme parks (resident vs. out-of-state). And of course, there’s also Florida’s 1,350 miles of coastline for beach lovers to enjoy. 

The biggest downside to Florida is that establishing residency is not especially easy. 

Texas

The “Lone Star State” is one of the most popular states for RVers and for good reason.

Texas is popular because it has no income tax or personal property tax. There is also no inheritance or estate tax. Texas registration fees are also fairly low. 

Plus, Texas is also the headquarters of Escapees RV Club, one of the country’s largest RV clubs. They provide tons of services to RVers such as mail forwarding and member discounts. 

You can renew your vehicle tags and driver’s license online in Texas. If you do need to return to do business in person, it’s fairly central and easy to get to. Plus, establishing residency in Texas isn’t too complicated. 

The biggest downside for Texas is that you’ll be required to complete an annual vehicle inspection to renew your tags. That means you’ll need to return in person at least once a year. 

South Dakota

The absolute best state to register your RV is generally considered to be South Dakota. This is for a few reasons.

Like Florida and Texas, South Dakota has no income tax. There is also no tax on personal property, pensions, or inheritances. South Dakota also has an extremely low sales tax of only 4.5%. 

South Dakota also benefits from low registration fees and insurance rates. Plus, tags can be renewed online, as well as every other driver’s license renewal. 

If you do need to return in person, South Dakota is centrally located. In fact, the geographic center of the U.S. is in South Dakota!

The best part about registering in South Dakota is how easy it is to establish residency. You can become a South Dakota resident after spending only one night there!

What Paperwork Will I Need to Register My Camper or RV?

What Paperwork Will I Need to Register My Camper or RV

When you register your RV, you’ll need to provide various documents and fill out certain paperwork. The exact things you’ll need depend on what state you’re registering in. However, there’s usually not a huge difference.

Let’s look at what you’ll commonly need to be able to register your RV.

Title

The title is a document establishing you as the owner of your RV. While a title is always required to register a vehicle, titling and registration are usually handled at the same time. If you buy a vehicle in a private sale, you’ll transfer the title from the seller to yourself. 

You’ll also need to provide some kind of proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale. Other states might require a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin.

Vehicle Registration Application Form

You’ll need to fill out a vehicle registration application to register your RV. For this form, you’ll have to provide information about your vehicle and some personal info.

Most states let you download a vehicle registration application online. In some cases, however, you can only get the form in person at a DMV. 

Drivers License or Another Form of ID

You’ll need to provide some form of ID, usually a driver’s license, to prove your identity to the DMV. In some cases, you’ll need an in-state driver’s license. If you’re a new resident, update your ID first.

Proof of Insurance

You’ll need to meet your state’s insurance requirements to be able to register your vehicle. Your proof of insurance will usually be in the form of a card from your insurance company.

If your insurance company only creates electronic insurance cards, printing them out, the declaration page, or other forms may work. Ask the DMV personnel or completely read through the steps so you come fully prepared.

Proof of Passed Inspections

If you’re registering your RV in a state that does safety, emissions, or VIN inspections, you’ll need to prove you passed them. You’ll usually receive some kind of document from the office or entity that does the inspection. 

For weight certifications, use the CAT Scale Locator Website or App to find an authorized scale in the area. They can weigh and give you a certified document the DMV will accept.

Odometer Disclosure Statement

An odometer disclosure statement is a document recording the mileage on the odometer at the time of sale. Odometer disclosures are generally required any time a vehicle from the model year 2010 or newer. Odometer disclosures are intended to protect you from odometer fraud.

You can obtain the necessary form at the DMV or online. The document directs you to which authority can certify the document. Some states allow notaries, police officers, certain vehicle dealership personnel, or others.

Out of State Title and Registration

If you move to a different state, you’ll usually need to provide your title and registration from the previous state you lived in. Then, you can change your title and registration to the state you now live in.

Wrapping-up RV Registration Rules by State

Whether you have a Class A motorhome, a van conversion, a fifth-wheel, or any other kind of RV, you’re going to have to register it to get on the open road. With our in-depth guide to RV registration rules in every state of the U.S.A., you’ll know how to do it, no matter where you live. 

Before heading out to register your new or new-to-you RV, make sure you check all the requirements to register.

Save yourself the headache and time by bringing all the required documents such as your registration application, ID, and proof of insurance. If you’re moving, you’ll need your title and registration to update them.

The final part of registration is payment. Every state charges fees differently; different counties within the state will usually have their own fees too.

Once you’ve completed all these steps, you’ll be the proud owner of a legally titled and registered RV. Once you’re legal, there’s only one thing left to do: take your RV out on the road and start your adventure.


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About the Author

Jennifer is a full-time RVer and part-time van lifer. She is one half of DashboardDrifters.com and the founder of RVSpotDrop, a web service for full-time RVers.

Jennifer Jennings ia an author for RVBlogger and RV Life

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