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Ask a Trooper: Do motorcycle trailers require registration?

Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Trooper

Question: I am planning on taking a motorcycle trip across the country. Does a trailer pulled behind a motorcycle need to be registered?

Answer: If you're pulling a trailer, it does need to be registered according to its weight. The trailer is likely lightweight and could perhaps be permanently registered as a utility trailer or as an RV under 1,500 pounds.

The trailer registration is separate from the motorcycle's registration.

A portion of state statutes were used with permission from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes. If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws or issues in Minnesota, send your questions to Sgt. Neil Dickenson, Minnesota State Patrol, 1131 Mesaba Ave., Duluth, MN 55811. You can follow me on Twitter @MSPPIO_NE or reach me at