Chapter 13, Section A:|
Types of Trailers
Revised December 23, 2011
Most trailers (those not registered as RVs or freight trailers), including most utility trailers, are registered as trailers and receive regular trailer plates. These include:
A "utility trailer" is defined in statute (66-1-4.18B) as "any trailer, semitrailer or pole trailer, but does not include freight trailers, manufactured homes, trailers of less than one-ton carrying capacity used to transport animals or fertilizer trailers of less than 3,500 pounds empty weight."
This definition is broad and includes a variety of types and designs of trailers. In simple terms a utility trailer is designed for general use and is towed by a motor vehicle. The following trailers fall within the general definition of utility trailers.
Kit trailers are bought unassembled from dealers who are not required to be licensed by the Dealer Bureau. Upon complete assembly of the trailer, the applicant may apply for a New Mexico Title.
Liquid Fertilizer Trailers
A liquid fertilizer trailer is a tank type trailer with an empty weight of 3,500 pounds or less, that is used for the delivery or distribution of liquid fertilizer to farmers. In the Remarks section indicate that it is a liquid fertilizer trailer. This type of trailer is issued a regular utility trailer plate.
Recreational Travel Trailers
Recreational travel trailers are registered as recreational vehicles (RVs) and are issued a recreational trailer license plate.
These trailers have a camping body placed on a frame with wheels. Recreational travel trailers are towed by a motor vehicle and are not more than eight feet wide or longer than 40 feet. Collapsible trailers and camping trailers fall under the category of recreational travel trailer. The weight conversion chart below can be used when only the length of a travel trailer is known. It will assist in computing the registration fees for recreational travel trailers.
RECREATIONAL TRAVEL TRAILER WEIGHT CONVERSION CHART
A "freight trailer" is defined (66-1-4.6G) as:
A permanent freight trailer plate is issued on the initial registration of a freight trailer. The body type for a freight trailer is FR.
Trailers exempt from registration include utility trailers that are owned by individuals engaged in the business of farming and ranching. These trailers do not have to be registered as long as they are pulled by a vehicle which has a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 10,000 pounds and are:
In no case may the owner of such an unregistered trailer perform such uses for hire.
If the trailer is to be registered it will receive a regular trailer plate and it will be subject to registration. Owners of farm trailers who wish to apply for title, and do not have the origin document to support issuance of title, must provide the division with proof of ownership (registration certificate, dealers invoice, security agreement, etc.) and a completed Affidavit Certifying Ownership.
Other trailers that are exempt from registration include: