As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. If BOTH personalized plates are stolen/lost they must be replaced with a new plate - duplicates will not be made.
In order to replace your plates you must:
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Auto, Commercial, Trailer, Motorcycle, Permanent Trailer Identification, Disabled Person, Disabled Veteran, and Foreign Organization. Application forms are only available at your local county tax collector office. When you have completed the forms, submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates are divided into the following categories: Environmental, Professional Sports, Universities and Miscellaneous. The following is a list of some examples of special interest plates: Animal Friend, Sea Turtle, American Red Cross, Family Values, Stop Child Abuse, U.S. Marine Corps, Florida Panthers and Florida State University. Click here to access the fee and distribution request for each plate. You can even search for a specific plate by county and type here. Fill out the application form and once completed, take it to your local county tax collector office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please follow the link for Specialty Tags and click on the plate you want to purchase.
Under Florida Law it is mandatory to retain standard license plates from a vehicle when selling. The plates will remain with the seller once the ownership of the vehicle has been transferred; however, if the plates are special interest or personalized then there are two options for the seller. One, keep the plates for another vehicle and two, release the plate to the buyer. If you want to return the plates, you may do so by submitting them in person at your local county tax collector office or mailing them to:
Division of Motorist Services
2900 Apalachee Pkwy
Mail Stop 98
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0500