How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Florida
Renew Vehicle Registration
All Florida drivers are responsible for staying on top of their car registration renewal.If you don't renew your auto registration on time, you may be subject to penalties and extra fees. Driving without valid registration is also illegal, and if caught driving with expired registration in Florida, you will be handed a substantial fine. To prevent any of these situations, you should know:
- When to renew car registration.
- The different ways of renewing car registration.
When to Renew Vehicle RegistrationIt is important to keep in mind the dates in which you need to renew your vehicle registration. The registration renewal cycle in Florida varies depending on the type of vehicle you own. Note: You can renew your auto registration up to 30 days before its expiration date.
- Standard Motor Vehicles must be registered yearly by your birthday. If the vehicle is registered to more than one person, the renewal day would correspond to the date of birth of the first person listed on the registration.
- Motorcycle registrations must be annually renewed. Motorcycle registration renewal cycles take place on the same month as the motorcycle was first registered.
- Mobile Homes and RVs registration renewals must take place by December 31 every year. You can renew up to 31 days before the renewal deadline.
- Commercial Vehicles registration renewal must be done every six months or every year, depending on the type of vehicle.
- Private use automobiles weighing up to 3,500 pounds.
- Private and commercial trucks weighing up to 5,000 pounds.
Registration Renewal Fees in FloridaThe registration renewal fees are dependent on the type of vehicle it is, its year and weight (or length for mobile homes), in addition to unique county processing fees. Your registration renewal notice will specify the exact amount that is owed to the FL Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. You can also call your county tax collector's office for more information. It is always important to keep in mind that these fees can vary from time to time. Another factor that varies is the late fee that you would have to pay if you wait until after your registration is expired to renew it. Delinquent fees vary based on the license plate tax class and how long it has been expired.
How to Renew Car Registration in FloridaAs your expiration date approaches,which is every year on your birthday, be sure to mark it in your calendar or as a reminder on your phone. Invalid registration can bring you hefty tickets and fines, not to mention, it's costly to renew expired car registrations. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles mails drivers courtesy car registration renewal notices indicating:
- The registration's expiration date.
- Ways to renew your auto registration.
- Vehicle registration renewal fees.
- Visit a trustworthy site that fulfills address changes online.
- Have your old and new Florida residential addresses available.
- Have a valid major credit or debit card at hand to pay the associated costs.
- Give the USPS 48 hours to process your change of address request.
- Head to your nearest FL drivers license office to get an address change on drivers license credentials.
- In Person
Renew Car Registration OnlineTo renew car registration online in Florida, you must meet two requirements:
- Your car registration expires within three months' time.
- Your car insurance information is saved online with the FL DHSMV. Take time to review car insurance quotes if you do not have auto coverage.
- Visit the FL DHSMV Virtual Office.
- Have ready the following pieces of information:
- Proof of identity:
- FL driver's license number
- Vehicle license plate number
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
- Transaction number listed on your current registration certificate
- Your date of birth
- The last four digits of your Social Security Number
- A major, valid credit card to pay your renewal fee
- Proof of identity:
Renew Car Registration in PersonAll Florida drivers may renew their vehicle registration in person at their local county tax collector's office.
- Make an appointment at your nearest local county tax collector's office.
- Bring the following documents with you (originals or certified copies only):
- Your vehicle renewal notice or current registration certificate
- Your driver's license or FL ID card
- Proof of insurance for your vehicle
- Bring cash, check or a major credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) to pay your registration renewal fees. You will then receive a new registration certificate and registration decal for your vehicle.
Vehicle Registration Renewal by MailRenewing car registration by mail is only an option for Florida drivers who receive a renewal notice that clearly states "Vehicle Registration Renewal by Mail" as an option. If you are authorized by the FL DMV to renew your vehicle registration through the mail:
- Fill out the form within the registration renewal notice.
- Write out a check or money order for the assessed fees (will be included in the renewal notice).
- Send both items to your local county tax collector's office, or the address provided in the registration renewal notice.
Can someone else renew my registration for me?Yes, the Florida DMV allows others to renew your car registration on your behalf. However, you must make sure that this person brings all of the following:
- A copy of your car registration certificate or the renewal notice
- Proof of car insurance
- Payment for the fee
Occasions When You Cannot Renew Car RegistrationsThere are three occasions in which you will not be able to renew a car registration in Florida. If you have just recently receive your car registration certificate and any of the following occurs, you will have to order a vehicle registration replacement instead:
- Your vehicle registration was damaged
- Your vehicle registration was lost
- Your vehicle registration was stolen