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Motor Vehicle Services

Adding a Lien

As of January 1, 2013, participation in the Electronic Lien & Titling Systems (ELT) Program became mandatory for all dealers, finance companies or entities that are in the business or practice of financing vehicles, mobile homes or vessels in the state of Florida. Individuals and lienholders who the department determines are not normally engaged in the business or practice of financing vehicles are exempt from the electronic titling requirement.
  

For Financial Services

Below are three scenarios for adding a lien. Please follow the directions for each: 

There is no lien currently on the vehicle. The customer does not have the title since it is being held in the customer’s name electronically (an E-Title).
  • Verify that the title status is an E-Title. You may verify this information by using one of our motor vehicle information options.
  • Print the verification found. In this scenario, you will not submit a paper title.
  • Upon verifying the E-Title, your customer should sign a completed form HSMV 82139 Notice of Lien.
  • Submit the completed form HSMV 82139, the printout of the title status and a check (see fees) to the Tax Collector's office. The lien will be added to show you as lien holder.
The title will be held electronically as part of the new electronic lien requirements.
Check here for more information regarding the ELT program
There is a lien with another financial institution and the title is being held electronically, as an Electronic Lien Holder Title, and you are paying off the lien for your customer.
  • Verify that the title status is an E-Title. You may verify this information by using one of our motor vehicle information options (hyperlink to subpage – dealer motor vehicle record information).
  • Print the verification found. In this scenario, you will not submit a paper title
  • Upon verifying the E-Title, your customer should sign a completed form HSMV 82139 Notice of Lien.
  • Pay the other financial institution and request the lien satisfaction notice be sent to your company. Within 24 to 48 hours after DMV receives the lien satisfaction from that Electronic Lien Holder, the title status on DMV records will convert to an E-Title.
  • Submit the completed form HSMV 82139 Notice of Lien, the printout of the title status and a check (see fees) to the Tax Collector's office. The lien will be added to show you as lien holder.
The title will be held electronically as part of the new electronic lien requirements.
Check here for more information regarding the ELT program
There is a lien with another financial institution and there is a paper title; and you are paying off the lien for your customer.
  • Pay the other financial institution and request the title to be mailed to you. You must submit the paper title.
  • Your customer should sign a completed form HSMV 82139 Notice of Lien.
  • Submit the completed form HSMV 82139 Notice of Lien, the paper title and a check (see fees) to the Tax Collector's office. The lien will be added to show you as lien holder.
The title will be held electronically as part of the new electronic lien requirements.
Check here for more information regarding the ELT program
There is no lien currently on the vehicle. Title is paper and held by customer.
  • Submit paper title or a completed HSMV 82101 if unable to locate paper title.  ****add hyperlink to form
  • Your customer should sign a completed form HSMV 82139 Notice of Lien.
  • Submit the completed form HSMV 82139 and a check (see fees) to the Tax Collector’s office. The lien will be added to show you as lienholder.
The title will be held electronically as part of the new electronic lien requirements.
Check here for more information regarding the ELT program
Mail lien-add transaction Instructions.
Doug Belden, Tax Collector
Lien-Add MS 1
2506 N. Falkenburg Rd
Tampa, Florida 33619-0917
 
Only lien-add (initial lien) transactions should be submitted to the above address. The address for submitting other types of transactions has not changed and can be found on our contacts page.
 
Each Lien-Add transaction consists of a completed and signed form HSMV 82139, a check for the correct fees, and the Florida title or a record of a Florida electronic title. Checks should be made payable to Doug Belden, Tax Collector.
 
We also recommend using our coversheet when sending multiple lien-add transactions together in one envelope. You may list each lien-add transaction being submitted and verify each check amount against the fees shown on the coversheet. Using the coversheet will assist us in completing your transactions quickly. Since the list can be saved, you may also find it useful for keeping your records.
  • Submit paper title or a completed HSMV 82101 if unable to locate paper title. ****add hyperlink to form
  • Your customer should sign a completed form HSMV 82139 Notice of Lien.
  • Submit the completed form HSMV 82139 and a check (see fees) to the Tax Collector’s office. The lien will be added to show you as lienholder.

 

For Dealers

Below you will find two example of the information needed in order to add liens for your customers.

The lienholder is a dealership or financial service.
  • Be sure the dealership or financial service is compliant with Florida’s ELT requirements.
  • Complete section four of the application for title if the vehicle has not yet been title in the owner's name(s) or the application for lien add if the title is already in the owner's name(s)
  • Be sure to include the lienholders ELT account number, name, address, and the date the lien agreement was made.
The title will be held electronically as part of the new electronic lien requirements.
Check here for more information regarding the ELT program
The lien holder is an individual.
  • Be sure individual is not a lien holder on more than two other vehicles. Individuals can not hold more than 3 concurrent liens.
  • Complete section four of the application for title if the vehicle has not yet been title in the owner's name(s) or the application for lien add if the title is already in the owner's name(s).
  • Be sure to include the lienholders driver’s license number, name, address, and the date the lien agreement was made.
The title will be held electronically as part of the new electronic lien requirements.
Check here for more information regarding the ELT program