You will need to register UK commercial trailers before towing them abroad from 28 March 2019.
From 28 March 2019, you must register commercial trailers over 750kg and all trailers over 3,500kg before they can travel through countries that have ratified the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic.
This includes these countries in the EU, EEA and Europe:
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This means that these trailers making international journeys will need to:
- be registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)
- display their own registration plate (separate from the vehicle towing them)
- be able to present the Trailer Registration Certificate to a foreign authority on request
You do not need to register trailers that are only used in the UK or only used for journeys between the UK and Ireland.
You also do not need to register trailers used in Spain, Cyprus or Malta. You will, however, need to register trailers if you drive them through any country listed above to reach these destinations.
You can voluntarily register non-commercial trailers that weigh over 750kg but there is no legal requirement to do this.
We will publish guidance about how to use the trailer registration scheme.
Prepare for trailer registration
You will be able to register:
- commercial trailers used internationally with a gross weight over 750kg
- all trailers used internationally with a gross weight over 3,500kg
online with DVLA before 28 March 2019.
To register you will need to know your trailer:
- chassis number
- permissible maximum mass
- unladen mass
- Driving abroad
- Foreign travel advice
- Going and being abroad – EU Exit guidance
- Importing, exporting and transporting – EU Exit guidance for your business
- International driving permits for UK drivers after 28 March 2019
- Passenger travel to Europe by air, rail or sea after Brexit
- Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit: all drivers
- Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit: bus and coach drivers
- Prepare to drive in the EU after Brexit: lorry and goods vehicle drivers
- Transport – EU Exit guidance
- UK nationals in the EU: guidance for UK nationals living in the EU
This guidance expands on the road haulage technical notice published in September 2018.