Military (Tag and Registrations)

Military non-resident registration only: US Armed Forces
Members of the United States Armed Forces stationed in Florida, but who maintain their legal residence outside the state of Florida, are classified as non-resident military and are eligible for special registration rates.

To qualify for the special non-resident rates, Florida law requires that the vehicle owner must submit:

  • Out of state registration
  • A copy of your out-of-state driver license
  • A copy of your military orders.
  • Proof of Florida insurance

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must be verified by a Tax Office employee, Florida notary, motor vehicle dealer, state or military law enforcement officer or a commissioned officer.

You cannot verify your own VIN form even if you fall into one of these categories.

Regular rates will apply if the non-resident’s status changes. Also, if military orders transfer the owner out of the state of Florida, they are no longer entitled to Florida registration.

Military personnel who file for non-resident status on a vehicle will not be eligible to file homestead exemption in the State of Florida.

A copy of your orders will be required every time you renew your registration.

Registration will not be eligible for the biennial renewal option.

Out of Country Sales/Use Tax: US Armed Forces
When an active member (or his/her spouse) of the United States Armed Forces imports his/her motor vehicle from a foreign country, they are exempt from sales/use tax if ALL the following are met:

  • The vehicle was purchased and used in a foreign country for six months or longer before being imported into Florida.
  • The vehicle is being titled or registered in Florida for personal use by the active member and/or his/her spouse.
  • Member provides proof of active military status. If the vehicle is being titled or registered to include the member’s spouse or to the member’s spouse, verification of the spouse’s relationship to the active member is required.

If you do not have the MSO, and the vehicle has never been titled in the states, you MUST go to compliance for a VIN check.

Call DMV Compliance to schedule your appointment 1-850-475-5415

(This excludes American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or Virgin Islands.  Vehicles imported from these locations may have a typical VIN check completed.)

Military initial registration fee exemptions: US Armed Forces
* To be considered for exemption #1 or #2 military initial registration fee exemptions all items must be previously titled in your name and will not apply to newly acquired items.

* All supporting documents listed are required to be considered eligible for exemptions.

* You must submit the initial registration fee exemption form HSMV 82002.

LIST OF QUALIFYING MILITARY EXEMPTIONS: US Armed Forces

  1. You are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces (includes Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force), or his or her spouse or dependent child, who is not a Florida resident and is stationed in the state of Florida on military orders.
    • Submit a copy of your military orders and out of state driver license.
  1. You are member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or his or her spouse or dependent child, who is/was not a Florida resident and is stationed in the state of Florida on military orders and is now becoming a resident of Florida.
    • Submit a copy of your military orders and Florida driver license.
  1. You are a former member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or his or her spouse or dependent child. I purchased this motor vehicle while stationed outside Florida. I was not dishonorably discharged nor discharged for bad conduct. I was a resident of Florida at the time of enlistment and discharge and continue to be a resident of Florida. I am applying for registration within 6 months after discharge.
    • Submit a copy of your Discharge Order (DD214) and Florida driver license.
  1. You are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or his or her spouse or dependent child, who was a resident of Florida at the time of enlistment and continue to be a resident of Florida. I purchased a motor vehicle while stationed outside of Florida. I have been reassigned by military orders to this state.
    • Submit a copy of your military orders and Florida driver license.
  1. You are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, or his or her spouse or dependent child, who was a resident of Florida at the time of enlistment and continue to be a resident of Florida. I purchased a motor vehicle while stationed outside of Florida and continue to be stationed outside of Florida.
    • Submit a copy of your military orders and Florida driver license.
  1. You are a resident of Florida and a spouse or dependent child of a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, who lost his/her life.
    • (submit proof of military death notification) or is listed as “Missing in Action” (MIA) (submit proof of MIA status).

Out-of-State Military
If you are out of state military and are looking to title and register your vehicles in Florida when purchased out of state, you will need to print out and mail the following forms:

All forms must be originals and cannot be copies or electronically signed.

  1. Affidavit for Tag Transfer:
    • This is only if you have a Florida tag that you wish to transfer to the new vehicle. Please indicate if you would like to transfer a current plate, use an old plate as credit (you must know the plate number) and be issued a new metal, and if your plate needs to be renewed.
  1. Application for Certificate of Title with/without Registration:
    • This is a two-page form that will require the front page to be filled out as well as sections 8 and 12 on the second page. If the title is in more than one person’s name, all parties must sign in section 12. If the vehicle has an out of state title, section 8 must be completed by a police officer with a badge number. You may use a military police officer if they have a badge number. If any parties listed do not have a FL driver license or state ID, we will also need a copy of their current state issued license or ID card. Please add a good contact telephone number.
  1. Insurance Exemption for Military Members stationed outside of Florida:
    • It is Florida law to maintain insurance on a vehicle registered in this state. Military members can be exempt from this if they complete the form and return it to us with a copy of their out of state auto insurance card or policy. This is located in the Military packet HERE.
  1. Initial Registration Fee Exemption:
    • Only #5 on this form is applicable. This form is only used if you were a Florida resident at the time that you entered the military and had a Florida driver license.**Be sure to submit all the required documents on page 2 of this application**
  1. License Plate Rate Chart:
    • This is the form to calculate the fees you will need to send to our office. Page 4 has your “check off list”. Please make sure that you go over each line item and add all the fees.
    • In Florida you will be required to pay sales tax if it has not been paid in another state. The tax rate is 6% for Florida and 1% up to $50 for Santa Rosa County. You will be taxed on the price of the vehicle before fees, minus the value of any trade-in (if applicable)
  1. Lienholder Title Request Letter:
    • If you are making payments on the vehicle you will need to print this form, fill it out and mail it to your Lienholder. In turn, they will mail us the title. Please fill out the letter that corresponds with which office you will be using. Find the corresponding office letter needed HERE.
  2. Miscellaneous Affidavits Form:
    • This form is to show proof of your Florida Residency. You will need to attach a copy of your valid Florida Driver License, Florida Voter Registration Card. If you do not have a copy of your Voter Registration Card you will need to get this form notarized.
  3. Sales and Use Tax Computation Chart:
    • This is to determine how much tax you will need to pay. This amount is added to the License Plate Rate Chart on line 8.
  1. Sales Tax Exemption Affidavit:
    • If Applicable. This form is for military members claiming exemption from paying sales tax in Florida because of the intent to pay in the state in which the vehicle was purchased. Completing this form for the purpose of trying to evade tax payment will make you liable for payment of sales tax plus a penalty of 200% of the tax and may be subject to conviction of a third-degree felony.

Mail all the above forms along with the original Out of State Title, Bill of Sale (if purchased from a dealer) and Fees to:

Santa Rosa County Tax Collector
Attn: Title Department
6495 Caroline Street STE E.
Milton, FL 32570

  • Any questions regarding non-resident military, please email titles@srctc.com or call our title department at 1-850-983-1800 ex 404. **Please make sure to email from your  military (.mil) email address if possible. Otherwise,  a call to the office may prevent your email being blocked by our firewall.
  • Your email will be answered before the close of business the same day (4:30pm CST).
  • On all paperwork submitted to the office, please list a contact phone number.
  • All forms must be originals. Cannot be copies or electronically signed.
  • If you or anyone else listed on the title has an out of state driver license you will need to include a copy of that with all work being submitted.
  • Please include a check or money order for payment.
  • All forms are available as a package PDF HERE, or Individually on our ONLINE FORMS section.

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