Motor Vehicle Titles

Title Application on a new or used vehicle (From a dealership)

Florida Dealer:

If you have purchased a vehicle (new or used) from a Florida dealership, the dealer is required by law to process your application for title.

Out-of-state Dealer:

If you have purchased a new vehicle from an out-of-state dealership, your application for title will be sent to the tax collector’s office based on your address. You will be contacted by our once your dealer work has been received.

The following items are needed:

  • The original manufacturers certification of origin or title with dealer reassignments
  • A bill of sale or dealers invoice listing the purchase price, sales tax paid, and any trade-in-allowance. Please note that additional sales tax may be due.
  • The federal odometer statement.
  • Any applicable lien holder information.
  • Proof of current Florida property damage liability and personal injury protection insurance, including the insurance company’s name and policy number, when purchasing a license plate or extending the registration period.
  • When transferring a license plate, the current registration or plate number.

 

               

 

 

TITLE APPLICATION ON A NEW OR USED VEHICLE (Casual sale)

TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP ON A FLORIDA TITLE:

All applications for title must be signed with the applicant’s full name. All transfers of ownership must be completed within 30 days of the sale date on the title. Failure to do so will result in a $20.00 penalty applied at the time of transfer.

When an application is made for a Florida Title Certificate, the title fee is $75.75 (or $85.75 for a vehicle with an out-of-state title).

For each lien recorded, a fee of $2.00 is also charged.

 The purchaser’s name, selling price, date of sale, odometer reading, and date read, must be completed by the seller in the “transfer of title by seller” section.

When seeking to transfer ownership of a vehicle or mobile home titled in Florida, you must bring the following to the tax collector’s office:

  • The original Florida title properly completed by the seller and a copy of the current registration to be transferred if applicable.
  • You must bring proof of current Florida property damage liability and personal injury protection insurance, including the insurance company’s name and policy number.
  • Each applicant must be present to sign the new application for title and provide personal identification or have a POA.

TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP ON AN OUT OF STATE TITLE:

An out-of-state certificate of title must be submitted as proof of ownership if that state issues titles.

 A registration will be required accompanied by a bill of sale if coming from a state that does not issue titles.

When seeking to transfer ownership of a vehicle or mobile home titled out of state, you must bring the following to the tax collector’s office:

  • The original out-of-state title properly completed by the seller.
  • A copy of the current registration to be transferred (if applicable).
  • Proof of current Florida property damage liability and personal injury protection insurance, including the insurance company’s name and policy number.
  • Each applicant must be present to sign the new application for title and provide a government issued photo identification.
  • A vehicle identification odometer verification form, which must be completed by a law enforcement officer, a Florida notary, a Florida Division of Motor Vehicles compliance examiner, the U.S. Military Police or a Florida licensed car dealer.

 

 

Do I need to bring my vehicle?

All used motor vehicles, including trailers with a weight of 2,000 pounds or more, which are not currently titled in Florida, must have a vehicle identification number (VIN) verification when registered and titled in Florida. In most cases, our staff can perform the vehicle identification number (VIN) verification at our offices, weather permitting. This process is completed using the Vehicle Identification number and odometer verification form 82042.

If you are unable to bring your vehicle to our offices, there are several other parties who may perform the VIN verification:

  • A law enforcement officer from any state
  • A licensed Florida state motor vehicle dealer
  • A Florida DMV Compliance Examiner/Inspector
  • A Florida Notary Public
  • Military law enforcement authority

VIN verification is NOT required on the following:

  • New motor vehicles regardless of whether purchased in Florida or out of state.
  • Mobile homes
  • Trailer-type recreational vehicles (travel trailers, camp trailers, truck campers, and fifth wheel recreational trailers)
  • Trailers and semitrailers with a weight of less than 2,000 pounds
  • Vehicles currently titled in Florida.

 

New Florida residents:

An out-of-state certificate of title must be submitted as proof of ownership if that state issues titles.

If your vehicle has a lien recorded in another state and you must request the title from your bank or financial institution, there may be a delay in processing. If you have Florida insurance, and are otherwise eligible, a temporary registration may be available to you while your title is being requested.

If a transfer of ownership is involved, it must be properly assigned to the new owner.

Each applicant must be present to sign the new application for title and provide personal identification or have a POA with a copy of their out of state driver license or id card.

 

The following items are required:

  • Proof of current Florida property damage liability and personal Injury protection insurance, including the insurance companies name and policy number, when purchasing a license plate or extending the registration period.
  • If the vehicle is leased, you will need a copy of your lease agreement.
  • If the vehicle has been owned less than six months, you will need to provide proof of purchase price in the form of an invoice or bill or sale showing the amount of sales tax paid.
  • The original out-of-state title certificate in your name or an out-of-state title properly assigned to you.
  • Please bring your vehicle so our staff can perform a vehicle identification number (VIN) verification. If you are unable to bring your vehicle to our offices, there are several other parties who may perform the VIN verification.

 

Rates and Initial Registration Fees:

The estimated cost to register and title a vehicle for the first time is $420.00, plus any sales tax due.

Initial Registration Fee:

 Section 320.072, Florida Statutes, requires a fee of $225 to be imposed upon the initial application for registration on certain motor vehicle registration transactions. Whether the vehicle is new or used does not matter. Basically, the fee is due on any private-use automobile, any lightweight truck or any motor home unless the vehicle being registered is a replacement for a vehicle that has been disposed of in the same category of vehicle.