A. The motor transportation division of the department of public safety 1 and the motor vehicle division of the taxation and revenue department, according to their appropriate jurisdictions, shall grant permanent registration to freight trailers subject to registration and may grant permanent registration to utility trailers not used in commerce whose gross vehicle weight is less than six thousand one pounds upon application and payment of the fee required by Section 66-6-3 NMSA 1978 . The registration shall expire, however, upon the transfer of title or interest in the vehicle, at which time the vehicle shall be reregistered.
B. In registering trailers, semitrailers and pole trailers, the motor transportation division and the motor vehicle division may require such information and documents and may make such tests and investigations as they deem necessary and practicable to determine or to verify the empty weights and gross vehicle weights and to ensure that the vehicles may be safely and legally operated upon the highways of this state.
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