Do I need brakes on my trailer?

A good guideline is that a trailer must have brakes if the GVWR is above 3,000 lbs. However, laws pertaining to trailer brakes vary by state and province, and some laws require brakes below 3,000 lbs. Consult your local Motor Vehicle Department to determine the requirements for your region. It is a universal rule that any trailer used for commercial purposes must have brakes on all axles.