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How to Register a Vehicle in Florida

Florida law requires that motor vehicle owners must register their vehicle with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles before taking it on the road. Both new and second-hand vehicles must be registered, regardless of whether they are purchased from a dealer or an individual. In addition, new Florida residents who have registered their vehicle in another state must register their vehicle in Florida. The initial vehicle registration must be done in person, and registration renewals must be done annually, either in person, online or by phone.


If you are registering a motor vehicle in Florida for the first time, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete a vehicle title/registration form.
  2. Visit your local county tax collector's office, and bring the completed title/registration form with you, along with the vehicle safety inspection certification. In addition, you will need to provide proof of insurance, and the odometer reading, if the vehicle is less than 10 years old.
  3. For vehicles that have been registered in another state, you must also bring the original, out-of-state title. If the title is unavailable, bring the registration document, along with proof of sales tax payment.
  4. You will also need to carry the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) verification for vehicles that do not have a Florida title.
  5. If you have misplaced the title you will not be able to register the car. You will have to provide the Bill of Sale or ask the previous owner of the car to replace the title.
  6. You can register your vehicle for 12 or 24 months plus three months advance registration.


When registering your vehicle at the county tax collector's office, you will be required to pay certain fees, typically as follows:
  1. The registration fee, which varies depending on the manufacturer's model year or the vehicle's total weight. Generally, the registration fee will be between $27.60 and $91.20.
  2. Title application fee.
There may be additional fees when you register, depending on your county. Contact the county tax collector's office for the specific requirements.


If you need to register a vehicle while you are out of Florida, you will need to refer to the rate chart and complete the application for certificate of title. Mail the application to the county tax collector's office.


Owners of motor vehicles in Florida are required to renew their vehicle registration annually, and can do so in person, online or by phone. See our Registration Renewal section for complete details.


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Reviews of How to Register a Vehicle in Florida

Our Florida car was involved in an accident up in Connecticut and is beyond repair. We purchased a brand new car from a Massachusetts new car dealership. We handed them the Florida tag and they said they will process the paperwork. We put insurance on the new car and they have done everything else by mail and it's been over a week and we still can't take delivery of the new car. Isn't there a process where the dealership just notifies FLDMV of the sale and transfer by phone or online? Then we can drive away and collect the paperwork when it arrives at a later date? Also, FLDMV in Volusia County was sent a pre-paid FedEx envelope to expedite the transfer but notified the dealer that they refused to use the postage paid envelope. Please tell me that there must be a more modern way to do this than such an ancient system. Thank you for your help. Ron Z.

I'm acquiring an automobile with a Florida title and would like to register it as a non-resident. I currently live in New York, have a license from the State of New York and travel back and forth. I want to have an automobile when I'm there. What is the protocol for this procedure?

We are considering purchasing a car that is already in Florida (belongs to a friend) for our college student who will be a full time student at a Florida college next fall. We live in CO and she will have a CO Driver's License and a college address only. Can we license the vehicle in Florida?

I am a Florida resident currently living in Germany. I am heading to South Dakota and want to register my vehicles in Florida. Do I need to register my vehicles in person or can I do it on line since I have had previous vehicles registered in Florida?

I live overseas (military) and have a US spec vehicle purchased in 2005 (2004 model) and have driven overseas only. If I ship this now 10 yr old vehicle (95K miles) back to USA and register it in Florida, what Taxes/Fees must I pay in order to title/register it with Florida plates...? Is there a sales tax on the used vehicle since I purchase it & have only driven it overseas?

I gifted a car that is titled, registered, insured and licensed in the state of florida just now to my daughter. She is moving with her husband (military) to New Mexico in 2 weeks. Should she register, insure, license the car in florida before moving or do so when she arrives in New Mexico. Can I can keep the insurance and registration going on it (if she's just holding the title until she presents in New Mexico).

I moved from Vancouver BC Canada to Florida and I brought my 2010 Ford Mustang with me, do you know how much is the registration fees?

I'm doing the same. What did you find out? My car already is in Florida with my son. DMV won't answer phones. Your help is appreciated. Thank you, David B

How can I find out about registration for a golf cart in florida ?

i live in mich i,m buying a use car from flonida dealer ship he bought it from auction and never regerster it sold it to me does he have to pay taxes

Do you need a smog check in Florida?

My dad is giving me his truck as a gift and I have the title. But the title is originaly from Texas. And I do not have my driver license yet and I'm in the military. My question is do I need to have car insurance and my license to put the vehicle in my name?

I have a similar situation. My mom in TX is gifting me a financed car with the title in her name. What plates must the vehicle have? TX or FL? She is buying the car Wednesday. Someone please help!!!

We bought a car from a dealership; they switched the plates from our old car to our new car and we were on our way. Two weeks after purchase, and before the hardcopy was in our hands, we were ticketed for not carrying the registration in the car. We received the registration hard copy one month to the date of sale. How can one defend in court not having the required registration, when the state codified the process the dealership and citizen must take to register? Any insights would be appreciated. Peace.

I made the transfer of the title of my new car on March 15, I received the registration the same day but I'm still waiting for the Auto Title to arrive, how long does it take?

I have a home in FL where I live in the winter. My permanent residence is in NC. I have a car that's registered in NC that I want to leave in FL. I am also buying a motor home in FL that I want to leave here. We live in FL aprox 5-6 mo's per yr. although I have a NC driver's license, can I register these two vehicles in FL, or do I have to register them in NC?

i have the same question

My mom and sister bought a car straight out the dealer brand new the car was suppose to be for my sister but she wasn't doing the payments so my mother took it away from her and gave it to me. But nothing was switched to my name because the car is still be financed. Is there anyway I can still get a plate under my name with that car with out the title???

my name is fabiana trainer.I have a question regarding on how to cancel my registration on a motorcycle i no longer own.i gave this bike to my ex husband and i sent him the title and he has not changed the title of ownership.the registration expired feb 12 2012.

can someone give me some advice on how i can rsolve this problem.

I am a California resident who will be relocating to Florida the end of the year. Due to credit issues from my divorce my grandmother had to get my vehicle in her name only. She will not be relocating. She is the only person on the CA registration as well as the loan. Is she able to register the vehicle in FL even though she is a CA resident? The insurance has been and will continue to be in my name only. Any thoughts will be helpful. Thanks

Our family is transferring a truck to us but they do not have a title. What can we do to make this process as easy as possible for our in laws? Do we have to fill out the application for certificate of title w/ or w/o registration & the bill of sale? Anything else? The truck is registered now & does have insurance until 5-2012.

I need to register my car in Florida soon but the initial fee is very pricey. Is there anything that can be done to break up the payment a bit? Anything would help.

I am a student here in Florida and my father just purchased me a vehicle in NJ and I trying to see if I could register the car here and then bring the vehicle, or how may I bring the vehicle here then?

I live in Wis and i bought and am still paying for a car for my daughter in Florida, how do I register it in her name in florida while I continue to own the car

same question

Our case is similar. Our new car was just purchased in Washington State, will be delivered soon in New York City and we would like to drive it to Florida since we are Florida permanent residents and I have a Florida Driver's License.

We would have temporary plates on it (provided from the dealer) and are prepared to pay whatever Florida fees/taxes are required once we bring the car down and register it.

What do we do? simply drive it down to Florida and go directly to the Tax Collector's Office?

I am a Canadian citizen with a seasonal Florida home. I wish to purchase a vehicle to leave in FL so that I can drive it while I am here. Do I need a FL drivers license to purchase, register and insure a vehicle in Florida?

You might want to rethink. FL registration is pricey and the insurance is high (twice as high as South Carolina) This is mostly due to illegals driving with no insurance and fake registration stickers.

I I am a Canadian citizen with a seasonal Florida home I have a vehicle that I bought in

Canada 20 years ago. which has been at my home in Florida for over a year. not licenced

Can I register it in Florida, and tag it so that I can drive it while in Florida. .Do I need a Florida drivers licence. I have the original ownership.and know I need proof of insurance

what else do I need

I am wondering how you registered your Canadian vehicle in Florida. I too have an older Mercedes with Ontario registration that I have left at my Florida residence and would like to LICENCE in the state of Florida. I have made repeated trips to Naples and this morning the motor vehicle inspector informs me that I require a customs broker in order to complete the registration. How did you resolve this issue. The other factor being that my speedometer is in kilometers only.

I saw your post on DMV about plateting your vehicle from Ontario Plates to Florida Plates, I too am interested in doing this?

I didnt see an answer anywhere to your question, I was wondering if you were ever able to put Florida plates on your Ontario vehicle

can you email me at and let me know how you went about doing that, so I can get florida plates on my truck..

thank you so much

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I have purchased a Low Speed Vehicle and want to know what I have to do to register it for the road. I have the insurance. I want to transfer my car plates to the low speed vehicle. Also, where do I go and do I have to have the vechicle with me.

Thank you

I also live in another state and keep a car at my house in florida can I register the car there, the car is there year round? Thanks Ed

Ed, you can register it in Florida with the applicable fees, however you will also need to insure the car in Florida as well to get the car registered. The insurance would come first.

I lived in Florida in the 80"s,since then i moved to Pa. Will i have to go through all the licensing and registration processes a person moving there for the first time will? Also do they have discounted tags for people on Social Security and low income as does Pa.?

I am getting many conflicting answers. I live in NJ have a valid Jersey DL. We recently purchase a home in Florida and would like to put a car there for when we visit instead of renting all the time. Can I insure and register the car to my Florida property and still have a NJ license or do I have to register and insure it up here even though it will be in Florida 365 days a year?

I live in Va have a valid Va DL. We recently purchase a home in Florida and would like to put a car there for when we visit instead of renting all the time. Can I insure and register the car to my Florida property and still have a Va license or do I have to register and insure it up here even though the car will be in Florida the entire year?

I have a weekend home in Florida but live in NJ. May I register a car in Florida [ transfer registration from NJ ]

I have a florida drivers license addressed in Melbourne Florida. Am I able to register my vehicle in another county in florida as long as I stay in the state of Florida? Or am I required to register the vehicle in the Brevard County. I would like to purchase a vehicle from another state and get it to Jacksonville in order to get it titled/tag in order to drive it home.

Most states provide a temporary registration to bring your vehicle home to register. You will have to insure it before you can drive it but the temp registrations are usually 10 to 14 days

I am trying to figure this out for my employer. How do you register a leased vehicle from Texas that is now in Connecticut? My employer has property in Florida and would like to register this car in Florida. He is a Connecticut resident. Thank you. PS Can this be on online or does he need to go in person?

How many days after you buy a used car from an individual in Florida do you have to get it registered in my name and the title transfered?

How do we go about downloading and printing of our car title now that the loan is paid off? I understand that the title is in electronic form in Florida, and I would like a hard copy.

I now live in another state and have paid off my car that I purchased when I lived in FLL. How do I get a copy of the electronic title?

Go to and on the top center of the page is an image of a mouse with a drop down menu next to it. In that menu select "print your electronic title". Costs about $2.50 and takes less than a week in most cases.

I have a question about if I got a van given to me by a friend and I am wondering if the price for the title and what not would change based on whether or not i got it for free?

Not normally. Just whether or not you have to pay taxes.