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How to Obtain a Replacement MSO or VIN for Your Felling Trailer

At Felling Trailers, we often get requests from a Dealer or Enduser for a duplicate or Replacement MSO or VIN (Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin) so that a trailer can be licensed. We also get requests for a replacement VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) tag when one has been damaged, lost, or has faded too much over time and can not be read anymore. Note: this can only be done for trailers that Felling Trailers’ manufactured.

Below are the processes to obtain a replacement MSO or VIN tag, and how to get a GVWR Derated and what Felling Trailers needs from the Dealer or Enduser to be able to issue one to them.

How to Obtain a Duplicate VIN Tag or MSO for your Trailer

Felling Trailers MSO Example, replacement MSO or VIN

Sample Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO)

To get a duplicate VIN tag because you cannot read it, or need a new one because it was taken off, the following is needed:

  1. Copy of the title or registration to show ownership.
  2. Duplicate VIN tag document filled out to completion, along with being notarized.
  3. Purchase Order Number (PO#) for the $60 invoice if they (the Dealer or Business) need a specific one.
  4. Call with a Credit Card number to pay the $60 invoice to get the VIN tag sent out.

Get your Duplicate VIN Tag Request Form here.

To get a duplicate MSO (Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin), the following is needed:

  1. The original dealer you bought the trailer from has to request this
  2. They then will have to fill out a duplicate MSO agreement, along with being notarized.
  3. The dealer will have to provide a PO# for the $60 fee that will be invoiced if they need a specific one.
  4. The dealer will have to call with a credit card number to pay for the invoice before Felling Trailers will send the MSO out.
  5. If the dealer you originally purchased the trailer from is no longer in business, we, unfortunately, cannot make up a duplicate MSO.

Get your Duplicate MSO Request Form here.

How to get a GVWR Derated on your Trailer

NOTE: Felling Trailers can only assist with trailers they have manufactured. For brands other than Felling, you will need to contact that brand’s manufacturerer.

To get a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) Derated when the trailer hasn’t been licensed, the following is needed:

  1. The original MSO will have to be mailed back to the attention of Kiley Hooper.
  2. Also, when sending back the original MSO, a typed letter of what you would like the trailer GVWR changed to.
  3. There is no charge if the original MSO comes back to Felling Trailers.

To get a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) Derated when the trailer has been licensed, the following is needed:

  1. The customer will need to email kiley.hooper@felling.com, and they will need to state the VIN number, what the GVWR is at and what they would like it changed to.
  2. A corrected MSO will then be sent out to the original dealer on the MSO.
  3. Once the customer has registered their new GVWR with the state, they will have to email kiley.hooper@felling.com a copy of the receipt from the motor vehicle department proving that the corrected MSO has been submitted.
  4. Once Felling Trailers has received the receipt from the motor vehicle they will have to fill out a duplicate VIN tag form, along with being notarized.
  5. They will need to email kiley.hooper@felling.com back the form, and a fee of $60 will be charged, so if they need a specific Purchase Order Number (PO#) that will need to be provided.
  6. Once the fee has been invoiced for the $60 dollars, they can call with a credit card to pay.
Felling Trailer VIN Tag Sample Image, replacement MSO or VIN

Sample Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Tag on Trailer

Commonly asked Questions about VIN, MSO Replacements

Q. Can a copy of the Bill of Sale be used as proof of ownership? Can this be a photocopy or picture?

A. Yes, either is fine.

Q. Who do they contact at Felling to handle this process?

A. Kiley Hoopere at kiley.hooper@felling.com

Q. Are there fees associated with getting a new VIN tag/MSO?

A. Yes, $60 dollar charge for each tag/MSO requested.

Q. How long does the process take to receive the VIN tag/MSO?

A. We can usually get it made up the day it is requested and sent out if paid right away.

Q. If the VIN tag is missing or can’t be read, how can the trailer be identified?

A. There should be a reference number somewhere on the trailer; this is typically welded on the frame of the trailer. Some older trailers had identification numbers stamped into the frame on the tongue/hitch area.

Q. How long has Felling Trailer been using Reference numbers? Where are they typically found on a trailer?

A. They are welded on the frame, typically on the underside, since 2012 or so.

Q. Before reference numbers what did the customer do?

A. VIN numbers were stamped on the headboard of Felling trailers.

Q. Can we assist customer’s in getting VIN tags for non-Felling trailers?

A. No, we can only assist in getting VIN tags for trailers manufactured by Felling Trailers.

Q. Can I get an MSO, if the trailer has already been titled and sold to multiple different people?

A: Unfortunately, no, once the trailer has been titled we cannot do anything. In this case, you would have to contact the state the trailer was titled in and request a duplicate title.

We hope that this answers some of your questions on how to obtain a Replacement MSO or VIN tag, or get a GVWR Derated for your trailer.  If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kiley Hooper at kiley.hooper@felling.com  or (888) 335-5464. Please browse our website for more information about Felling Trailers and Trailer Parts.


  1. Karsten Brinson says

    After having a trailer derated., Can you rate it again at it’s original higher rating?

    • Felling Trailers says

      Hello Karsten,

      Yes, you can, however, you will have to go through the whole process again as you would to derate the trailer.

      Felling Trailers

  2. Patrick Gause says

    I bought an enclosed trailer from a friend who bought it from a construction company they lost the title and I can read the vin to get it insured what do I do

    • Felling Trailers says

      Hello Patrick,

      We would suggest contacting your local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and file for a lost title. The DMV should be able to assist you with further any questions.

      Felling Trailers


    • Good afternoon Rubi, I have asked our team member that is in charge of the MCO processing. You will need to contact the dealer and have them request the MCO from us.

      Hope this helps
      Felling Trailers

  4. Is there a limit as to how low you’re allowed to derate a trailer?

    • Hello Renee, This is kinda a grey area there really isn’t a limit BUT when derated and registered the rating will follow the trailer forever. We do not recommend derating the trailer very much.

      Hope this helps,
      Felling Trailers

  5. Hey I’m a company trying to get mso for our log trailers what do I do

  6. Two questions on the Vin number I have a DO20 the first four digits what kind of trailer is that and it says a 20 foot how do we change the 20 foot on the van if I cut the trailer down to 14 feet is the 20 in the vin changed

    • Good Morning Mike,
      Do you have a VIN number on the trailer you are looking for?
      It does need to be a Felling Brand trailer in order for us to assist.

      Thank You,
      Felling Trailers

  7. Michelle Clark says

    Looking for someone who can help make a new vin plate for a diamond d horsetrailor. I am third owner of this trailer and someone engraved vin number on original plate but added a number. Tried to have DMV lice se it but they advised it may be stole. Have title in hand. Jus wanna license it. What are other options for us.

  8. Julie Mitchell says

    Hello I have a trailer with no VIN number. I need to get it registered but all I have is a invoice of purchase.

    • Felling Trailers says

      Hello Julie,

      You will need to contact the manufacturer of the trailer and they should be able to assist you from there.

      Thanks, Felling Trailers

  9. Hi I have a trailer I just bought and it has a vin # no I need to get MCO for it how can I

    • Good Morning!

      If you could provide a VIN number or more information we would be more than happy to help you.

      Let us know if you have any other questions.
      Felling Trailers

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