Level 1 Inspections for Homemade Trailers

Level 1 Inspections for Homemade Trailers

EZ Title is authorized to provide Level I inspection services at our Tempe and Scottsdale office locations, or by appointment on-site at your location. If you need us to come to your location for an inspection on your homemade trailer, Contact us to schedule your appointment.

A level I inspection is required when titling and/or registering a homemade trailer for the first time. A homemade trailer requires an Arizona Serial Number, which is an identification number issued by the state of Arizona, and becomes the VIN for that vehicle. The serial number can be obtained from EZ Title & Registration.

Arizona defines a homemade trailer as not shop made or mass produced by a manufacturer, but constructed by an individual from various materials, for example:

  • Scrap iron or tubing
  • Scrap wood (for floor or siding)
  • Used axle or homemade axle

All components used to construct the trailer must be listed on the AZ Special Serial Number Application. The total value of the trailer, and the weight (plus it’s load) of the trailer must be provided by the customer. It is recommended to keep all receipts for materials used to construct the trailer, at least until the customer has titled and/or registered it. Homemade trailers with a value exceeding $1000.00 must provide receipts for the materials used to construct it. Required equipment for homemade trailers must be present on the trailer to pass inspection. The following items are considered required equipment:

  • Stop light (see ARS 28-927 for details)
  • Tail light (ARS 28-925)
    • The tail lights cannot be lower than 15 inches and cannot be higher than 60 inches from the ground.
  • Clearance lights or reflectors (ARS 28-926C & 28-928A)
    • Clearance lights or reflectors cannot be mounted higher than 60 inches and cannot be mounted lower than 20 inches from the ground.
    • The front reflectors must be amber or yellow and the rear reflectors must be red. Both areas are mounted on either side of the trailer. If the trailer is less than 24 inches, the reflectors will be mounted as high as that part of the permanent structure permits.
    • *NOTE* Any time a measurement is required for head lights, tail lights or reflectors, always measure from the ground to the center of the light.
  • White license plate light (ARS 28-925C)
    • •  The whie license plate light must illuminate the license plate only.
  • Safety chain
  • Brakes, if over 3000 lbs. (ARS 28-952)
    • Trailers and semi-trailers less than 3,000 lbs do not require brakes to be installed.
    • Trailers and semi-trailers less than 6,000 lbs must have brakes on both wheels and one axle.
  • Trailer size:
    • Total outside width of a trailer cannot exceed 8 feet 6 inches (ARS 28-1093)
    • Maximum height of a trailer cannot exceed 13 feet 6 inches (ARS 28-1094)
    • Maximum length of a trailer cannot exceed 40 feet including front and rear bumpers (ARS 28-1095)
  • Mud flaps or splash guards (ARS 28-958.01)
    • The mud flaps or splash guards must extend to a length of not more than 8 inches from the ground.
    • They need to be wide enough to cover the full tread(s) of the tires being protected.
    • A single axle trailer with fenders wide enough to cover the full tread(s) of the tires being protected and that extend to a length of not more than 14 inches from the ground is exempt.

Please note: A Level II/III inspection is required when:

  • A frame or bed from a pickup truck was used to make the homemade trailer
  • Any type of manufactured vehicle or essential part of a manufactured vehicle was used to make the homemade trailer
  • When the trailers AZ number, VIN, manufacturer’s serial or other identifying numbers are altered, removed, obliterated, defaced, or omitted