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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 illegal, and if you're caught driving with an expired registration in Florida, you will be faced with a substantial fine. To prevent any of these situations, you should know:

  • When to renew car registration.
  • The different ways of renewing car registration.

More Important Information on Renewing Car Registrations

When to Renew Your Vehicle Registration

It is important to keep in mind the dates when 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.

Some vehicles qualify for a two-year registration renewal, in which case you would have to pay the fees for both years. Vehicles which qualify for a two-year (24-month) registration in Florida are:

  • Private use automobiles weighing up to 3,500 pounds.
  • Private and commercial trucks weighing up to 5,000 pounds.

Registration Renewal Fees in Florida

The 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's 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 Florida

As 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 very 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.

If you are moving to a new residence within the year, make sure to change your address on your drivers license with the FL DMV. You will also want to take steps to change your address with the United State Postal Service (USPS).

  1. Visit a trustworthy site that fulfills address changes online.
  2. Have your old and new Florida residential addresses available.
  3. Have a valid major credit or debit card at hand to pay the associated costs.
  4. Give the USPS 48 hours to process your change of address request.
  5. Head to your nearest FL drivers license office to get an address change on drivers license credentials.

There are different methods for renewing car registration:

  • Online
  • In Person
  • Online

Keep in mind that in order to renew your vehicle registration, you must have valid car insurance that meets Florida's minimum liability requirements. If you need to get car insurance, you should look for affordable auto coverage quotes from a reputable source. You are eligible to renew online only if the DHSMV already has your proof of insurance on file. If not, you will have to go to an office and present your proof of insurance. Military members can use the online service to renew their registration up to three months before the expiration date.

Renew Car Registration Online

To renew your car registration online in Florida, you must meet two requirements:

  1. Your car registration expires within three months' time.
  2. 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.

If you can say yes to the above points, you may proceed with these steps to renew your car registration online:

  1. Visit the FL DHSMV Virtual Office.
  2. 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

Renew Car Registration in Person

All Florida drivers may renew their vehicle registration in person at their local county tax collector's office.

  1. Make an appointment at your nearest local county tax collector's office.
  2. 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
  1. 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 Mail

Renewing 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:

  1. Fill out the form within the registration renewal notice.
  2. Write out a check or money order for the assessed fees (will be included in the renewal notice).
  3. Send both items to your local county tax collector's office, or the address provided in the registration renewal notice.

Keep in mind that with new vehicle registration, you are required to also maintain current auto insurance. Review car insurance quotes before getting behind the wheel of your newly registered car.

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 Registrations

There are three occasions in which you will not be able to renew a car registration in Florida. If you have just recently received your car registration certificate and any of the following incidents occur, 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

New Vanity License Plates

Every 10 years, Florida drivers must get new license plates. Fortunately, if you want to get new personalized license plates or change your custom license plates, you can apply for new vanity license plates as you renew your vehicle registration. There are hundreds of different license plates to choose from in Florida that support different charities, organizations, government forces, universities, wildlife and more. When it's time to get new license plates, the FL DMV will send you a notice explaining how to get new tags and how much the license plates will cost.

What to Do if You Don't Get Your Plates or Decals

In the event that you do not get the license plates, registration decals or vehicle tags that you ordered from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, then there is only one action that you should take. You must contact the Call Center at the following number and verify the shipping status of your order: 850-617-2000.

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Reviews of How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Florida

ok so I recently moved to florida from Missouri and my car is registered under my ex's name (though both names are on the title) I need to get them renewed but don't know what to do or where to start

it will not allow me to renew my tags online!!! I have tried multiple times and I keep getting the same red error message. FIX THIS!

Having the same problem. If using your driver's license as ID online they ask for Florida drivers license, the 13 digit form number from the back of the license(which is so tiny that you need a magnifying glass to read it), date of birth, last 4 of your social security, and then the 2 word captcha phrase. Evidently I tried too many time to get the correct numbers and phrases exactly correct and now I think I am locked out, although I'm not sure. Just keep getting the red error message about checking that everything is correct, and I'm positive it is correct.

I have renewed my vehicle registration in the past, and can honestly say that I've never had to use this unreasonably secure process.

Heading to the DMV in the A.M.

I have tried to renew my primary car on line for years and every time I must go to the DMV in person (the opposite of fun) because they are missing my insurance information. My secondary car which my wife drives has no problem. Why can't you fix this?

I am trying to renew my vehicle registration and I have called the 1866 GO RENEW number 5 times with no dial tone. What's the deal?

This has been the most inconvenient inefficient ordeal I've dealt with.

How far ahead of time can my Florida Drivers License be renewed? I will be out of state during the month my license expires, and I do not qualify for renewing online nor by mail.

90 days

IMPORTANT PLEASE HELP If i live in California and i own my car have the title have it registered up to date an insurered and i am moving to Florida already have my isurance and proof or residency in Florida what do i have to do to renew my registration an liscense an get Florida PLates

Paid for a license renewal and a registration renewal, and only got the license in the mail. I need both to drive, and can't get to the county office during weekdays. I need the decal for my license plate ASAP, so please send it in the mail. It has been nearly a month... I can't really afford to be kept waiting for so much time.

RE: florida vehicle registration. The DECAL of my FLORIDA VEHICLE REGISTRATION has fallen off my license plate and I need a replacement.

How do I get a replacement of the DECAL

I recieved a auto as a gift from my father who lives in CALFORNIA. What steps are required to register the car in FL? The car is an classic 61 Vett. Is there tax to be paid?

It's been almost a month that I've not recived tag for my car registration.

I was on the phone for endless hours and still didn't get through any one.

Please help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i never recived a renewal for my tags in the mail. how long do i have after my birthday do i have to renewal 10-16-70

I don't have the registration

How do I get a duplicate vehicle registration, to renew my decal?

how do i renew and receive my tag for my license plate. I have a temp. address filed with the post office since i am currently out of state. I have also renewed my drivers license. Must have everything by March 1 to be legal.

I never received the renewal registration in the mail.


I did not receive my tag registrations in mail

I didn't receive my registration in the mail

how do i renew my handicapped window card on internet or phone or do i need to go to the office

How do I get a vehicle registration renewal form. I did not receive one in the mail, and my present registration expires on April 26.

if you do not recieve your tags that were renewed online whom do you call or email?

Did you ever find out? I have the same issue. I renewed online and can pull up my info that says I am renewed, but I never received my new reg. and decal and it's been way more than 10 days....

Same problem. I never received new tags

I have the same problem, and it has been three months. I called after about a month and was told that they would send it and it is now three tag. I suppose I have to go down to one of the tax offices and waste more time, if i try to set an appt online its another 2-3 weeks wait.