Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Florida
Whenever a vehicle changes ownership, the seller must transfer the vehicle title to the buyer. For instance, a car title transfer takes place when you are:
- Buying a used car.
- Selling a used car.
- Gifting a vehicle.
- Inheriting a vehicle.
How to Sell a Car in Florida
To sell a car online, you want to:
- First take it to a mechanic for any repairs and make sure all the parts are in working.
- Find a reputable online car database.
- Take clear, high-resolution, color photos that show every angle of the car.
- Include your listing price.
- Add a vehicle history report to prove your vehicle's excellent condition.
- Fill out a bill of sale as proof of purchase.
How to Transfer Car Title in FloridaCommon questions sellers ask themselves when selling a vehicle are:
- How to transfer car titles?
- Where to transfer car titles?
- Make a transfer of car title documents. To correctly transfer a pink slip into another person's name:
- Fill out the "Transfer of Title by Seller" section of your current title.
- Include the odometer reading, sales price and date.
- Make two copies of the bill of sale.
- Both signatures must be on the bill of sale.
- Provide a vehicle history report. This includes details about accidents, repairs or updates you have made on the car, and is considered a courtesy to provide.
- Pay the $75.25 fee
How to Transfer Title Between StatesTo transfer between states, you must go to your local DMV office and provide the following:
- Proof of FL car insurance
- One proof of identity for each party:
- Social Security card
- Birth certificate
- Your FL drivers license
- The out-of-state title
- VIN number verification on the HSMV 82042 form
- Application for Certificate of Title With/Without Registration form
Repair a CarIt's important to have a trustworthy mechanic to call. The most common reasons for needing a mechanic are:
- Selling a car and you want to improve the vehicle to be worth selling. Get a vehicle history report to prove its excellent condition.
- Buying a used car and you want to know exactly what condition it's in. Check the VIN number for a better idea.
- For salvageable repairable cars. Although you may know more than the average driver when it comes to repairing a car, you still want to have a vehicle repair professional to reach out to.
- You are a car owner. Breakdowns, flat tires and accidents can happen to anyone. Be sure you have a reliable mechanic to call.
How to Buy a CarThere are two ways to buy a car:
- Buy a new car in Florida from an authorized dealership.
- Lease a car from an authorized dealership. (Same process applies to buying a new car.)
- Buy a used car from a private seller in Florida.
- A vehicle history report
- A copy of the bill of sale
- A transferred pink slip.
How to Transfer a Car Title if Document Is LostIn the event that you have lost your vehicle title document, you must obtain a replacement at a local Florida DMV office. Only after you obtain a replacement will you be able to transfer the title. During this process, your original lost title document will be rendered invalid.
How to Transfer a Car Title for a Gifted CarGift transfers are exempt from sales tax; however, you are still responsible to get new registration and transfer the car title.
- Fill out a bill of sale.
- Fill out the odometer reading on the current title, and on the sales price field write "Gift." Both the gifter and receiver must sign the title.
- Submit your insurance card or a Form HSMV 83330 to a tax collector's office.
- Go in person to your local county tax collector's office to get new vehicle registration. We recommend booking an appointment.
- If you do not have car insurance, you must purchase new auto insurance before getting car registration. Florida has minimum liability insurance requirements for drivers to meet as well, and you will be penalized if caught driving with insufficient vehicle insurance.
Vehicle DonationIf you would rather not sell your car, you can choose vehicle donation. Before you begin filling out a donate vehicle application to the charity of your choice though, DMV.com recommends you follow these steps:
- Research the organizations you are considering donating to.
- Make sure that the charity is qualified to receive a vehicle donation.
- Look up the tax benefits associated with donation.
- File paperwork at the local Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office.