Identifying Information:Registration of trailers.
Tax Type:Vehicles
Brief Description:Registration of trailers.
Effective Date:07/18/1989


TO: Rick Scheibe, Chief DATE: July 18, 1989
Title and Registration Bureau

FROM: Eugene Lueger, Attorney RE: Registration of trailers;
Legal Services Legal Opinion

This memorandum is in response to your questions regarding whether an air compressor permanently mounted on a single axle trailer is required to be registered and titled pursuant to law, when the resulting weight of both trailer and air compressor is in excess of 2,000 pounds.

K.S.A. 1988 Supp. 8-127 states:

(a) Every owner of a motor vehicle, motorized bicycle, trailer or semitrailer intended to be operated upon any highway in this state, whether such owner is a resident of this state or another state, or such motor vehicle, motorized bicycle, trailer or semitrailer is operated in this state, apply for and obtain registration in this state under the provisions of K.S.A. 8-126 to 8-149, . . . (Emphasis provided).

K.S.A. 1988 Supp. 8-126 (h) defines “trailer” as:
K.S.A. 1988 Supp. 8-143(2)(a) states:
K.S.A. 1988 Supp. 8-143(2) states:
A single axle vehicle with an air compressor, permanently or otherwise, affixed thereto, and that is to be drawn by another motor vehicle, is within the definition of a “trailer” under K.S.A. 8-126. When a trailer which combined with property on or attached to the trailer weighs in excess of 2,000 pounds, then K.S.A. 8-127 and 8-143 require it to be registered.

K.S.A. 1988 Supp. 8-135 states:
A trailer that is required to be registered must also have a certificate of title as required by law.

Eugene Lueger

Date Composed: 02/24/1998 Date Modified: 10/09/2001