Applying for Vessel Title for In-State and Out-of-State Vessels
A vessel not exempt from titling must be titled at the same time it is registered. To issue a Florida Certificate of Title for a new or used vessel purchased in or outside of Florida, the owner of the vessel must bring the appropriate titling fee and the following documents into the Tax Collectors office:
New vessel – Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) or its equivalent statement of builder. The proof of ownership must include a complete description of the vessel, including manufacturer’s name, year, type, hull material, propulsion, fuel, use of vessel, hull identification number and length.
Used vessel currently titled in FL – Florida title accurately completed for transfer to purchaser.
Used vessel currently titled out of state – Out-of-state title accurately completed for transfer to purchaser.
Used vessel from a state that does not require title – Current registration from that state and a bill of sale from the current registrant. Bill of sale must include complete description of the vessel including manufacturer’s name, year, type, hull material, propulsion, fuel, use of vessel, hull identification number and length.
Vessel Titling Fees
The following fees are assessed when applying for a Florida Certificate of Title in addition to registration fees and any applicable sales tax:
- $5.25 titling fee (for electronic title) or $7.75 (for paper title) or $11 (expedited (fast) title).
- Additional fee of $1 to record each existing lien.
- Additional titling fee of $4 is required for vessels previously registered outside of the state of Florida.