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TRAILERS

Registrations, Renewals and Title Transfers

Trailer Overview

The following trailers must be registered:

  • Travel trailers
  • Camping trailers
  • Park trailers
  • Fifth-wheel trailers
  • Vessel (Boat) trailers
  • Miscellaneous trailers
  • Semi-trailers
Note: A tow dolly, a type of hitch or converter gear that is not intended to be used to carry a load and is only manufactured to pull another motor vehicle, is not required to be registered.

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Initial Registration

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

Non-residents must register their trailers 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 trailers may be obtained at one of the
Tax Collector's Offices.

To receive a vehicle registration for a trailer 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.)
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Registration Renewal

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

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

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

  • For semi-trailers 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.
If you fail to renew your trailer 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 a trailer on Florida's roadways without a current registration and license plate.

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

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 a registration and tag varies according to the make, model and/or weight of the vehicle, as well as the type of tag chosen to be displayed on the vehicle.

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 a trailer in Florida, you must bring the following to any 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.
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 may be obtained at one of the Tax Collector's Offices.

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Title Application On A New Trailer

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

If you have purchased a new trailer from an out-of-state dealership, an Application for Title may be completed and submitted to one of the
Tax Collector's Offices.

Applications For Certificate Of Title may be obtained and completed prior to visiting one of our Branch/Tag 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 manufacturers 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;

  • Any applicable lienholder information;

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

  • Also 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 Trailer

When seeking to register a trailer 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. An Application for Certificate of Title may be obtained and completed prior to visiting 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 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);

  • When transferring a 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.

  • Also, the 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 can be obtained at one of the Tax Collector's Offices.

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