Indiana Trailer Laws & Regulations

Trailers provide a great way to transport large loads without taking up a lot of space on the road. However, there are specific laws and regulations that must be followed when driving a trailer. In Indiana, these laws are outlined in the Indiana Commercial Driver's License Manual.

What Are The Trailer Laws In Indiana?

Drivers in Indiana need a wide-load permit for trailers wider than 102 inches. The maximum length for 2 or more vehicles linked together, with cargo included, is 60 feet. For 3 or more vehicles hooked together, the maximum length is 65 feet.

Does my trailer need a license plate in Indiana? The owner of a trailer that weighs 3,000 pounds or less may apply to the bureau of motor vehicles (bureau) for permanent registration. The fee for this is $82.

Does a utility trailer need a title in Indiana? Yes, you should have a title for your trailer. This answer depends on two factors: the specifics of your trailer and where you live. If your trailer is extremely small or not being used on the road, there's a chance it may not need to be titled. However, this is unlikely as the DMV has a broad definition of a trailer which likely encompasses anything we might think of as a trailer.

The requirement to title your trailer varies by state, so you'll want to specifically research the requirements for where you live.

If you live in a state that requires trailer registration, it's not an opt-in or opt-out situation. You must register your trailer; otherwise, you'll probably face penalties that get worse the longer the trailer goes without being titled. For Indiana, you'll need to fill out an application and provide proof of ownership.

It's important to follow the laws in Indiana when driving a trailer, as there are hefty fines for those who do not abide by the regulations. Understanding these laws is essential if you want to keep yourself and other drivers safe while on the road! So make sure your trailer meets all the requirements before taking it out for a spin!

Indiana Trailer Laws & Regulations

Towing

No more than 2 vehicles may be tied together, and the maximum length for 3 or more vehicles is 65 feet. The maximum load size in length extends 3 feet past the front of the vehicle and 4 feet past the rear.

Dimensions

The total length is 65 feet, while the trailer is 40 feet. The width stretches 102 inches and 13 feet 6 inches make up the height.

Brakes

All trailers and semitrailers weighing more than 3,000 pounds must have brakes able to stop and hold the vehicle in tow, as well as control its movement.

The brakes must be designed in such a way that the driver of the towing vehicle can activate them from within the towing vehicle, and bring both it and the trailer or semitrailer safely to a stop.

Hitch and Signals

For all trailers, a double safety chain is required; however, the type of hitch is not specified.

Mirrors

A motor vehicle that obstructs the driver’s rear view must be equipped with a mirror located where it is able to reflect the driver’s view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet.

Lighting

All vehicles that are pulled at the end of another vehicle, such as a motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer, must have 1 rear-mounted red taillight visible from 500 feet away. The vehicle should also have 2 white taillights mounted between 20 and 72 inches off the ground.A white light must be placed on the rear of the vehicle so that it illuminates the license plate and makes it visible from a distance of 50 feet. All taillights must be wired properly to turn on when the headlights are illuminated.

Speed Limits

As posted.

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