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Registrations, Renewals and Title Transfers

Initial Registration

Residents operating their automobiles on Florida's roadways must register those vehicles in the State of Florida.

Non-residents must register their automobiles in Florida if they engage in a trade or occupation or are employed in Florida or their children attend public schools in Florida.

Non-resident exemptions may be applied to college or university students who are in Florida for less than six months in an accredited work-study program recognized by the State of Florida, or to any non-resident enrolled as a full-time student in a Florida institution of higher learning, or to recreational vehicles not located in Florida for at least six consecutive months. 

Vehicle registrations for automobiles may be obtained at one of the
Tax Collector's Offices

To receive a vehicle registration for an automobile you must have the following items:
  • A registration renewal notice or previously issued registration. (If these are not available the tag number, title number or vehicle identification number may provide enough information.)

  • Current proof of Florida Property Damage Liability and Personal Injury Protection insurance, including the insurance company's name and policy number.
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Registration Renewal

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Florida law requires automobile tags and registrations to be renewed before they expire. Florida vehicle registrations and tags (license plates) expire as follows:

  • For automobiles owned by individuals, the expiration date is the birthday of the first owner listed on the registration;

  • For leased automobiles, the expiration date is indicated on the vehicle registration;

  • For company owned automobiles, the expiration date is June 30th;

  • For 9 passenger automobiles for hire and trucks over 5,000 lbs., the annual expiration date is December 31st (Six month registrations issued to these types of vehicles expire May 31st).
To renew, the following items are required:

  • Previous registration or registration renewal notice; and,

  • Current proof of Florida Property Damage and Personal Injury Protection insurance issued by a Florida agent or broker.
If you fail to renew your automobile tag and registration before the 11th day of the month following its expiration, a penalty fee will be charged upon late renewal.  Also, it is a violation of the law to operate an automobile on Florida's roadways without a current registration and license plate.

Please note that Florida law does not provide for vehicle registration renewal notices for your automobile and failure to receive a renewal notice by mail does not relieve the automobile owner of their responsibility to timely renew their vehicle registrations and license plates.

The Tax Collector does, however, provide renewal notices as a courtesy to resident vehicle owners. The courtesy renewal notices are mailed approximately 3 weeks prior to the birth month or month in which the renewal is due.

The cost of renewing your registration and tag varies according to the make, model and/or weight of the automobile, as well as the type of tag you have chosen to display on your automobile.

Vehicle registration and tag renewals may be conducted at one of the
Tax Collector's Offices.

Renewal payment transactions may also be conducted on this web site.

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Transfer Of Ownership On A Florida Title


When seeking to transfer ownership of an automobile in Florida, you must bring the following to one of the Tax Collector's Offices:

  • The Florida title properly completed by the seller; and,

  • A copy of the current registration to be transferred if applicable.
Additionally, you must bring proof of current Florida Property Damage Liability and Personal Injury Protection insurance, including the insurance company's name and policy number.

Also, each applicant must be present to sign the new application for title.


Note: Applicants may request a Fast Title for an additional $10. The title is provided by the Tax Collector's Office at the time of application. Fast Titles can be obtained at one of the Tax Collector's Offices.

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Title Application On A New Automobile


If you have purchased an automobile (new or used) from a Florida dealership, the dealer is required by law to process the Application for Title.

If a new automobile was purchased from an out-of-state dealership, an Application for Title may be processed at one of the
Tax Collector's Offices.

Applications For Certificate Of Title may be obtained and completed prior to visiting one of one of the Tax Collector's Offices.

Click here to retrieve the Application For Certificate Of Title.

(Note: This form is made available through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.)

The following items are needed in addition to a completed Application For Certificate Of Title:
  • A manufacturer's certificate of origin;

  • A bill of sale or invoice listing the purchase price, sales tax paid, and any trade-in allowance - please note additional sales tax may be due;

  • A Federal odometer statement;

  • Any applicable lienholder 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; and,

  • When transferring a tag or license plate, the current registration or plate and decal number;

  • Each applicant must sign the application. (If completing an application in our office, each person applying for ownership must be present to sign the title application.)
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Title Application On An Out-Of-State Automobile


When seeking to register an automobile that was previously titled out-of-state, an Application For Certificate Of Title must be completed and submitted to a Tax Collector's Branch/Tag Office. The application form may be obtained and completed prior to visiting one the
Tax Collector's Offices.

Click here to retrieve the Application For Certificate Of Title.

(Note: This form is made available through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.)

The following items are also required:

  • The out-of-state title certificate in your name or assigned to you;

  • If your vehicle is financed - complete lienholder information - including account number, lienholder name and mailing address;

  • A vehicle identification odometer verification form, which must be completed by a law enforcement officer, or a Florida notary, a Florida Division of Motor Vehicles compliance examiner, the U.S. Military Police, or a Florida licensed car dealer (Completing Section 7 of the Application For Certificate Of Title fulfills this requirement);

  • 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; and,

  • When transferring a tag or license plate, the current registration or plate and decal number.

  • Each applicant must sign the application. (If completing an application in our office, each person applying for ownership must be present to sign the title application.)

  • Florida Use Tax may be due if the vehicle was purchased less than 6 months prior to importing the vehicle to Florida. Proof of any sales tax paid to another state will be required.

  • The full 6% Florida Use Tax and any applicable local option tax is due on all vehicles imported from foreign countries.
Note: Applicants may request a Fast Title for an additional $10. The title is provided by the Tax Collector's Office at the time of application. Fast Titles may be obtained at one of the Tax Collector's Offices.

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