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Old 01-21-2015, 12:54 PM   #1
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Tow Dolly Tags

Do you need to have tags (License Plate) on a tow dolly?

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Old 01-21-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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This depends on your state...many states do not require registration on a tow dolly, because it is considered only a device to connect 2 registered vehicles.


And some states which do not require registration, will accept/allow dolly registration as a trailer for owners who intend to visit many other states and Canada (where, reportedly it is required).


Check with your local authorities.


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Hi Dan,
I can just tell you how my state is.I have a tow dolly that does not have to have a tag but, I also have a Tandem tow dolly that does require a tag so go figure.They just said that the tandem is considered a trailer.Good Luck.
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Do you travel to other states with no problems
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Do you travel to other states with no problems
We have traveled within all the western states (west of the Rockies) and across I-10 to TX - no plates on the dolly and no problems.

We have not checked the laws of these states...and it only takes that 1 officer

For entering Mexico and Canada, there is a border to cross so reportedly that would require a registration (we have not done that to confirm).

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Michigan considers them a "coupling device", no tags or plates required.
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We have taken our dolly to Canada from Washington. They didn't even ask.
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In WA if the vehicle is on the dolly then no, if you tow the dolly with no vehicle on it then yes it must be licensed which requires registration and payment of taxes and fees.
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Also check with your insurance carrier as they may require it. Does not matter that much if the State allows you to go without if your insurance will deny you coverage without it registered.
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In WA if the vehicle is on the dolly then no, if you tow the dolly with no vehicle on it then yes it must be licensed which requires registration and payment of taxes and fees.
Exactly how it is in BC.
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I went from Seattle, WA - Sacramento, CA - Las Vegas, NV - Tucson, AZ - Albuquerque, NM - San Antonio, TX - across to Key West, FL - Washington DC - then back to WA on I-80 all with a Tow Dolly not licence all in one trip and never a question about licence.

Total of 28 states... So go for it and save that money for enjoying your trip.
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Thank You all for your replies. Lots of good information and I will definitely check with my insurance company.

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