Do Farm Tractors Have Titles?

Have you just come home after a huge argument with the dealer that you can not go home taking a receipt and a tractor? A tractor is a major investment and when you have saved for it for years how can you leave without any title? Maybe you do not know how the farm tractor’s world works.

Well, you have got a valid point but the dealer was not a fraudster either. There are some solid chances that he was right.

Do Farm Tractors Have Titles?

No, the farm tractors do not get registered or have titles. Most countries of the world do not require the farm tractors to be registered or have titles unless there is any special case.

Why Do Farm Tractors Not Have Titles?

Indeed, the equipment you saved months or years comes home without any title or registration.

What’s more surprising is that the farm tractor also comes with all the necessary information(vehicle identification number, vehicle’s model, vehicle’s manufacturing number, vehicle’s weight, vehicle’s odometer reading, vehicle’s make and type) required to have a title or certificate of ownership.

So, the lack of information is never the cause why farm tractors do not have titles. It is so for two major reasons;

  • The farm tractors fall under the category of vehicles that are not required to have titles
  • They are hard to steal

Not required to have titles

According to the data 46.04 Revised Code of Washington, all that vehicles that do not operate on bridges, highways, or tunnels do not require registration or titles.

Since the farm tractors hardly come on roads, highways, or tunnels and fall in the category of the vehicles under chapter 46.04 that do not require to be registered or have titles. So, even though the farm tractors are expensive yet they do not have titles.

They are hard to steal

The farm tractors are pretty easy to steal however it is observed that the farm tractors hardly get stolen or challenged for ownership. So the other reason why tractors do not get titled is that they have a lower risk of theft.

That’s not all why farm tractors do not get titled, there are some other reasons as well;

  • There is no need
  • The ownership can be proved without title or certificate of ownership

There is no need

Law can be changed if things do not go as planned.

This rule would have changed as well if there was a need to get the farm tractors to be titled. Since the farmers do not have issues with tractors being titleless, it remains so.

The ownership can be proved without title or certificate of ownership

Titles and certifications are proof of ownership. Whenever an owner has to prove ownership, the title or certificate of ownership is demanded.

The farm tractors are not titled because their owners can prove the ownership otherwise as well.

If you have photos of you using the tractor on your farm, serial numbers of the tractor’s various parts, and odometer or hour meter reading with a date stamp, the farm tractors will be considered yours.

Some states have different rules, farm tractors in some states do have titles

In most countries, the farm tractors are not titled. However, there are some countries where the farm tractors are mandatory to have titles if they meet the criteria.

For example in New Hampshire, if you buy a tractor (whether it’s brand new or second-hand) weighing 18000 pounds, you need to get it tilted and have a certificate of ownership.

The other example of that is Vermont. In Vermont, you are required by law to get a tractor weighing up to 6100 pounds tilted.

Tractor used for farm work and is required to have a title

The construction tractors can be altered and used for farm work. If you get a construction tractor for your farm, you will be required by law to get a title or certificate of ownership.

So if having proof of ownership is your concern, you have to get a construction tractor and use it as a farm tractor.

Conclusion

In brief, the farm tractors do not have titles mainly because they fall in the category of the vehicle under chapter 46.04. All the vehicles of this category do not require to be titled or have a certificate of ownership.

  • Hi, I am Talon Juper, a passionate farmer, and Livestock Expert. I have done my graduation in Agriculture and Animal breeding. Relevant to Farm Desire as a research writer and data recorder.

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