Company formation and Trailer Registration

Company formation and Trailer Registration

  • Filing the Certificate of Incorporation
  • Title for trailer and trailer registration
  • Help with all the fillings and documents


Company formation

You have decided to start working in the trucking industry. You love to drive. You love to help people and businesses. You want to be an important part of today’s economy. You want to start a trucking company but don’t quite know how, or you are familiar with the process but want some support to ensure you do everything right. Great American Dispatch Services is here to help. We can assist you in establishing the business, registering your vehicles and trailers, and getting all the required paperwork and documents to get you up and operating. We are pleased to offer our assistance, irrespective of your stage in the process.

Creating the Company

The General Corporation Code specifies a number of steps that must be followed when starting a company, which include the following: 

  • Selecting the name of the company and conducting a business name check 
  • Choosing a corporation type according to your business model and structure; the most common are limited liability company, corporation, sole proprietorship, general partnership, and limited partnership.
  • Filing the Certificate of Incorporation 
  • Appointing a registered agent, preparing corporate bylaws, appointing directors, and holding the first board meeting 

While we can’t provide legal advice, we can help you handle all the filings and documents.

Title For Trailer and Trailer Registration

All trailers must be registered whether you buy or lease them for your business. The state will only then grant them permission to travel on highways.

How to Get a Title for a Trailer

The title for the trailer process typically starts at the DMV — but you can fill in forms online to save time. The previous owner/seller or lessor should have completed a transfer of title into your name if you purchased or leased the trailer. This is proof that you own the trailer. If you bought the trailer brand new from the manufacturer or dealership, you must fill out a title application.

Registering Your Trailer

Trailer registration requires only the submission of the DMV evidence of ownership and the completion of the registration application. You will be asked to provide evidence that you have paid all taxes and obtained the proper insurance coverage for your trailer. 

How Much Does Title and Registration Cost for Trailer

The title fee is $55, assuming no lien is on your trailer. Annual costs for trailers, calculated by weight, are as follows: There is an additional $18 for every 1,000 pounds for trailers weighing over 5,000 pounds, in addition to the following rates: $15 for up to 1,000 pounds, $20 for 1,001 to 2,000 pounds, and $40 for 2,001 to 5,000 pounds.

Please remember that to move cargo across different states, “apportioned registration” is a requirement. In order to travel through other jurisdictions without obtaining multiple permits or registrations, you must complete this registration in your home state. You pay fees everywhere you operate, proportional to however many miles you log in each state.

Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax

Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax In addition to your regular business taxes, as a carrier, you must remit a heavy highway use tax return to the IRS every year. This tax applies to operations involving vehicles with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more on public highways. Heavy vehicle operators with a gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more are obligated to pay an annual federal tax known as the Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return (HVUT). 

Taxable vehicle gross weight is calculated as follows:

  • The fully equipped, unloaded vehicle weight
  • The fully equipped trailer or semi-trailer
  • The load capacity on the vehicle and attached trailer or semi-trailer