Help available to register camperIt can be confusing at first to know how to register a camper or mobile home in North Dakota, but the State Department of Transportation wants to make it as simple as possible, officials said Friday.
It can be confusing at first to know how to register a camper or mobile home in North Dakota, but the State Department of Transportation wants to make it as simple as possible, officials said Friday.
More than $23,353 campers are registered in the state, though finding counts for other numbers proved difficult, DOT Public Information Specialist Brad Halverson said. The campers may get lumped into trailers.
The DOT requires all trailers to be titled and licensed with some exceptions:
- Trailers 1,500 pounds or less and not for hire or commercial use.
- Trailers used to haul recreational vehicles not qualified for registration, such as ATVs, snowmobiles, boats or motorcycles. However, trailers with vehicles used for competition are required to be titled and licensed.
- Single-axle, two-wheel car dollies.
- Pup trailers.
- Trailers pulled behind motorcycles not used for sleeping.
- Trailers over the legal width.
Camper trailers, or travel trailers, must also be titled and licensed regardless of size and weight.
However, if a camper is used exclusively as an office, it does not need to be licensed.
North Dakota Stickers representative James Goerers, who sells more than 1,300 decal stickers out of his camper in Dickinson, said the process was very easy.
“We went to the treasury office where three real nice ladies helped us get through a lot of red tape,” he said. “We have business licenses in seven states. In South Dakota, we applied four months ago, and we got nothing.”
North Park Campground owner Ted Bratten said he asks for a vehicle license, adding “I’ve got people come in that don’t have licenses on because they just bought it.”
The DOT has a FAQ section for registering campers. Subscribers can also fill out a statement of use form can help travelers find out how to register a camper, DOT spokeswoman Peggy Anderson said
“I would say it is very helpful,” she said. “That’s why we work so hard on putting out that frequently asked question section on our website. We try to answer all people’s questions about motor vehicles.”
Residents can also call 855-637-6837 if they have questions about registering campers.