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What are the laws concerning 15-foot boat trailers in North Carolina?

Ken Little

Boat trailers are issued permanent plates by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. The owner is required to present either the title to the trailer or a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin to a License Plate agency to register the trailer, said Margaret Howell, of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s DMV communications department.

A permanent plate for a boat trailer is $98.

If the owner wants to check to see if the trailer meets all safety requirements for lights, brake lights and other equipment, he or she can have the trailer checked out by a local police officer or by his local DMV License and Theft Bureau office, Howell said.

Many of the lighting requirements for various vehicles are listed in the N.C. General Statutes Chapter 20-Section 129.

Howell also encourages boat trailer owners to check with local local License Plate Agency with any additional questions.

“Boats, of course, are registered by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Agency,” Howell said.


Do utility trailers need fenders that cover the wheels, according to NC law?

Can I pull two trailers at the same time?

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