Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Florida
A certificate of title issued by the state of Florida is a document that proves legal ownership of a vehicle. A title must be obtained when an individual purchases a new vehicle. A title transfer must also be completed when a used vehicle is sold or gifted, or when a vehicle changes hands as a result of the death of the vehicle's owner. A title transfer is also required when bringing a vehicle registered in another state into Florida.
OBTAINING A TITLE FOR A NEW VEHICLE:
For new vehicles, the licensed dealer that sold the vehicle typically will accept and submit the required titling information and fees on behalf of the buyer. However, buyers wishing to handle the titling independently can do so. Those interested in applying for a new title without the dealer's assistance should refer to the Title and Registration Frequently Asked Questions documents on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV) website.
TRANSFERRING A TITLE ON A USED VEHICLE:
Sale/Purchase or Gift of a Used Vehicle
When you purchase a used vehicle, or obtain one as a gift, the title must be legally transferred into your name. This is done by obtaining the following documents, and submitting them along with the appropriate fees to the local tax collector's office:
- A completed title application form.
- Proof of ownership (Bill of Sale or current title signed by the seller)
- Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification form must be completed and notarized for vehicles with prior registration outside Florida.
- If applicable, the original or copy of the vehicle's financing statement or security agreement.
- Proof of liability insurance coverage.
Along with the appropriate transfer of title documents above, you will need to submit the following fees:
- $31.25 title fee for new vehicles
- $29.25 title fee for vehicles last registered in Florida
- $33.25 title fee for vehicles last registered outside Florida
- $2 lien recording fee, if applicable.
- $7 expedited service fee, if applicable.
- Sales tax
The fees vary depending on the type of vehicle being titled. You can also call your local tax collector's office for fee information.
Transfer of Title Following Death of Vehicle Owner
In the event of the death of the vehicle owner, the title is often transferred to the heirs or someone else identified in the owner's will. The procedures and fees for this type of transfer are similar to those outlined above. In addition, it is important to determine how the estate of the deceased has been settled by the heir(s).
In some cases, the heirs may need to provide copies of both the death certificate and the will (or a notarized statement of its contents), if there is one.
For more information on title transfers following the death of a vehicle owner, contact the local tax collector's office.
Fees together with required documents must be submitted at the county tax collector's office.
- Contact the local tax collector's office if you wish to add, remove or change a name on a vehicle title for reason other than those discussed above.
- If there is an existing lien on the vehicle, there will be additional requirements for transferring the title.
- A valid title provides proof of ownership of the vehicle. However, remember that a title transfer does not entitle the new owner(s) to legally operate the vehicle. For this, refer to the appropriate license and registration information.