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Tags & Registration  |  New Registration and Tag Appearance  |  NEW - Biennial Vehicle Registration

Vehicle Registration Prices  |  Specialty and Personalized Tags  |  Sales Tax  |  Proof of Insurance

Renew Registration By Mail, Telephone or Online  |  Change of Address  |  Vehicle Identification Numbers

Rates  |  Florida Vehicle Titles  |  Parking Permits for Disabled Persons  |   Mobile Homes  

 

Tags & Registration    

Florida license plates use a combination of letters and numbers. The metal license plate is displayed on the rear of the vehicle except for certain commercial vehicles. The plate is issued to the owner for five years and is replaced during the fifth year (with new numbers and letters).

Vehicles are registered according to the registered owner's birth month. The registration expires at midnight on the owner's birthday. Company owned and short term lease vehicles registrations expire in June. Long term lease vehicles are staggered throughout the calendar year, and truck-tractors, semi-trailers, and trucks weighing over 5,000 pounds are renewed in December. Nine passenger and over vehicles used for hire and mobile homes are also renewed in December. All vehicles are licensed according to weight with travel trailers and mobile homes licensed according to length.

New Registration and Decal Appearance    

Florida has adopted a new system for vehicle registration and decals. The new registrations are easier to read, and are post card size, which makes them easier to store.  Identifying numbers are printed on the decal when it is issued, which will help prevent tag theft and assist law enforcement.

Identifying numbers on vehicle registration and decals:

License plate number assigned to the vehicle, truck/tractor or trailer.

Identification number when issued to a mobile home.

Florida Number (FL#) when assigned to a vessel.

Driver License number when a disabled parking placard is issued.

The yellow background and black lettering, on the new decal make it more visible, and the same colors will be used each year, with changing expiration dates.

Biennial Vehicle Registration    

DUE TO THE CHANGE OF LAW BY THE 2007 LEGISLATURE, MOST FLORIDA RESIDENTS CAN NOW REGISTER THEIR VEHICLE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME (A MAXIMUM OF TWO YEARS).

EXEMPTIONS TO THE BIENNIAL REGISTRATION ARE AS FOLLOWS:

• TRUCKS WEIGHING OVER 8,000 LBS

• REGISTRATIONS WITH A RESTRICTED PLATE

• DEALER REGISTRATIONS

• TRANSPORTERS

• REGISTRATIONS ISSUED TO GOVERNMENT VEHICLES

• REGISTRATIONS ISSUED TO OUT-OF-STATE MILITARY

• SEMI-TRAILER REGISTRATIONS

• ANY REGISTRATION WHERE THE NATIONAL GUARD EXEMPTION IS BEING USED

Vehicle Registration Prices     

Classification Net Weight 1 Year Tag
1 Automobile thru 2499 $46.65
2 Automobile 2500 - 3499 $57.65
3 Automobile 3500 - up $71.15
     
1 Truck thru 1999 $46.65
2 Truck 2000 - 3000 $57.65
3 Truck 3001 - 5000 $71.15
     
Travel Trailer   $53.35
Motor Home   $72.90
Motorcycle   $41.65

 Cost Include a mail fee of $0.70, If a metal plate is required, please include an additional $ 2.15 mailing fee

 Specialty and Personalized Tags   

 

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Specialty Tags   

Specialty Tags may be purchased at any Tax Collector or Branch Tag Office. These plates carry unique designs that were created to honor specific organizations. In addition to the annual license tax, there is an annual use fee ranging from $15.00 to $25.00. Additionally there is a $5.00 annual processing fee, and a $28.00 plate fee, each time a new plate is issued. The use fee and the processing fee are charged each year, in addition to the registration fee, upon renewal.

Personalized Tags   

Personalized Tags may be ordered at any Tax Collector or Branch Tag Office. Application for the initial personalized tag can be made any time. An $43.15 replacement plate fee and $15.00 personalization fee is charged, upon initial application, in addition to other registration fees. The $15.00 personalization fee is charged each year upon renewal.

If your current tag is 10 years old, you must order your new personalized tag two months ahead of expiration.

 

Sales Tax   

The State of Florida has a state sales tax of 6%.  As an agent for the Florida Department of Revenue, the Tax Collector's Office collects these taxes.  Taylor County has an additional 1% additional local option tax, on the first $5000.00. (Maximum $50.00) Sales tax is collected when a customer transfers title to a motor vehicle, vessel or mobile home. Note: If a vehicle is traded in, sales tax is collected on the difference between the price of the vehicle and the trade in.

 

Proof of Insurance    

Proof of insurance (binder, policy, or card) from a certified Florida agent or broker is required to purchase and renew a license plate in Florida. The vehicle owner must present to the Tax Collector documentation of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in the amount of at least $10,000 combined bodily injury liability and property damage liability insurance in the amount of $10,000. Motorcycles, mobile homes and trailers are exempt from the insurance requirement.

 

Renew Registration by Mail, Phone, or Online   

License plates can be renewed by mail and returned to the owner.
Renew by phone at 850-838-3517, or
Click Here to renew online

You must have:
1. Renewal notice with PIN or your tag number or date of birth
2. Credit Card
 

Change of Address

In order to maintain accurate records, and help ensure that each registered owner receives a tag renewal notice, all changes of address must be reported to the Tax Collectors' Office within 20 days. The vehicle owner is required to provide either the license plate number, a Florida Driver License or a Florida Identification Card, in order to facilitate the address change. Renewal notices are mailed as a courtesy service, to help facilitate the renewal process.

 

Vehicle Identification Numbers 

All motor vehicles being registered in Florida for the first time must have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verified. The Tax Collectors' Office will perform this service at the time of registration. The VIN can also be verified by, any law enforcement officer, a Florida notary public, or a motor vehicle dealer.  If you choose to have your VIN verified by one of the persons listed you will need form DHSMV 82042 Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification  

 

 

Rates  

Annual license taxes, for the operation of motor vehicles, are defined by Florida Statutes, and must be paid at the time of registration and renewal. All fees are subject to change by Legislative Act.

Inital Registration Fee

The first time a license plate is purchased for a motor vehicle, a $225.00 initial registration fee may be imposed. This fee applies to private automobiles, motor homes and trucks weighing less than 5,000 pounds.

Military Rates

Members of the Armed Forces stationed in Florida, but who maintain their legal residence outside the State of Florida, are classified as non-resident military and are eligible for special registration rates. To qualify for the special rates, Florida law requires that the vehicle owner must submit a copy of their military orders or a current leave & earning statement for review. Proof of insurance is mandatory.

If the vehicle is not titled in Florida, a copy of the out-of-state title is required for application (DHSMV form 82042).

 

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must be verified by a Tax Collector employee, Florida notary, motor vehicle dealer, or a state or military law enforcement officer. State Statutes require the VIN be verified yearly upon registration.

Regular rates will apply if the non-resident's status changes. Also, if military orders transfer the owner out of the state of Florida, they are no longer entitled to Florida registration. If the vehicle owner is a Florida resident, the vehicle can be registered in Florida, by signing a military insurance exemption affidavit

 

furnishing an out-of-state address, and a copy of the military orders, or an affidavit from their commanding officer, confirming their date of assignment.

Florida Vehicle Titles

To transfer a Florida Title, the seller must complete the transfer information on the current title, including the purchasers' name, the selling price, and the odometer reading at the time of sale.

(A bill of sale may be submitted for proof of purchase price). Sales tax will be collected if applicable. All transfers of ownership must be completed within 30 days of the date the vehicle is assigned by the seller or a $20.00 late penalty fee is levied at the time of transfer (ATV ownership late penalty fee is $10.00). Our office has a fast title service for an additional $10.00. You can have the title when you leave the office.

Out-of-State Titles

An out-of-state title must be submitted as proof of ownership and if transfer of ownership is involved, it must be properly assigned indicating the new owner's name and address. An application for Florida title must be completed and accompanied by verification of the Vehicle Identification number (VIN) and odometer reading (DHSMV form 82042)

 

The owner(s) or purchaser(s) must sign this form or give power of attorney. Sales tax will be collected if applicable.

New Vehicle Titles

All new vehicles are required to have a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) which must be signed by a licensed dealer for transfer to the buyer. To obtain a Florida title, the MCO must be filled out completely and attached to the title application form (DHSMV form 82040)

 

The information must include the owner's complete name and Florida address, date of birth, sex, driver license number, a complete description of the vehicle, and any lien to be recorded. Sales tax will be collected if applicable.  

Parking Permits for Disabled Persons    

A placard is issued at no charge to an individual with disabilities that limit or impair their ability to walk or is certified legally blind. The parking permit entitles the driver transporting the disabled passenger to utilize handicap parking facilities. The placard is transferable to any vehicle transporting the disabled person. The placard is to be hung on the rear view mirror when using the designated parking spaces. Applicants and their physician are required to sign for the permit.

A temporary disabled parking permit can be purchased for a 90 day period, which is good for up to one year.

 Mobile Homes    

In Florida, mobile homes must be titled and registered. A numbered decal, instead of a metal license plate, is issued for identification. State statutes require mobile home registrations be renewed annually by December 31. A delinquent fee is charged if the registration is not renewed by the 10th of the following month.  Current Florida Law requires a real property decal be issued to a mobile home when the mobile home and land owner are one in the same.

Registration fees are set by the Department of Motor Vehicles and are based on the length of the mobile home. Double wide and triple wide mobile homes are considered two and three separate units respectively, and the owner must purchase that many decals. Mobile home owners are required to display the decal in a window clearly visible from the road in front of the home.

Mobile Home Decal Fees
thru 35 ft $30.85
36-40 ft $35.85
41-45 ft $40.85
46-50 ft $45.85
51-55 ft $50.85
56-60 ft $55.85
61-65 ft $60.85
66 ft and Up $90.85

To register a mobile home, the owner must present to the Tax Collector's Office the following documents:

1.)  current or last issued Florida Vehicle Registration Certificate for the mobile home (if lost, furnish the most current decal number or a Florida driver’s license or Florida identifications card).

To title a mobile home, the owner must present to the Tax Collector’s Office the following documents:

2.) title to the mobile home (from Florida or any other state) signed by the previous owner if it has not been transferred into the current owner's name and a bill of sale

Real Property (RP) Decals

All mobile homes or recreational vehicles permanently affixed to the owner's land and declared as real property are issued a permanent "RP" decal. Owners must obtain a DR402 form from the Property Appraiser's Office, indicating the land and mobile home titles are in the same name, before applying for the "RP" decal from the Tax Collector's Office.

"RP" decals are permanent and can be transferred to a new owner when the land and mobile home are sold as a unit.