Motor Vehicle Services

Transfer a License Plate

Motor Vehicle Florida Title Transfer

To transfer ownership of a motor vehicle or mobile home titled in Florida, you must bring the following to any Tax Collector's office:

  1. The Florida title properly and fully completed by both the buyer and seller. This includes the buyer and seller's signature and printed name, purchase date and price and if applicable odometer reading and date read. If recording a lien, the lien holders name, address and date of lien are required.
  2. Each applicant, or their appointed power of attorney, must be present to sign a new application for title. Bring personal identification in the form of a U.S. Driver's License or U.S. Identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, a passport or Canadian Driver's License or Identification card. If you are the appointed power of attorney, the original or certified copy of the original signed appointment must be presented at time of application.
  3. Applicant's date of birth and Florida driver license number are recorded as part of the application.
  4. Sales tax is collected on the purchase price of a vehicle assigned to you.
  5. Proof of Florida property damage and PIP insurance to purchase a license plate. Company name, Insurance identification code and policy number is required.
  6. If transferring a license plate or decal, submit the previous registration or license plate and decal number.
What if a license plate is being transferred from a vehicle I still own?
An affidavit must be submitted by the owner stating the vehicle is not operational, is in storage, or will not be operated on the streets and highways of this state.
Do I need proof of Florida insurance when transferring a plate?
Proof of motor vehicle insurance is not required when transferring a license plate, unless the registration period is being extended.
Who can transfer a plate if more than one name is on the registration?
When a license plate is issued in names joined by "and" or "or", the license plate may be transferred to either individual’s name or to one of the previous owners in joint ownership with a new owner.
Where can I find more information on this topic?
Either in the DMV manual under RS-05 or Section 320.0609 of the Florida Statutes which authorizes the transfer and exchange of license plates and the collection of or exemption from a transfer fee when a replacement vehicle is registered in the same owner's name, in the name of at least one of the previous owners of the license plate, or in the surviving spouse's name.


Title & Registration Fees

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