Guidance

Trailer registration

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:

Albania Andorra Armenia Austria Azerbaijan
Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France
Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Italy
Kazakhstan Latvia Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg
Macedonia Moldova Monaco Montenegro Netherlands
Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia
San Marino Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Sweden
Switzerland Ukraine      

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.

Apply to register your trailer.

To register you will need to know your trailer:

  • manufacturer
  • chassis number
  • permissible maximum mass
  • unladen mass

Register for updates on GOV.UK and via the DVLA notification system.

See also

This guidance expands on the road haulage technical notice published in September 2018.

Published 25 October 2018
Last updated 1 February 2019 + show all updates
  1. Listing the information required to register a trailer for international use.
  2. First published.