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Proof of insurance (binder, policy, or card) from a certified Florida insurance agent or broker is required to purchase and renew a license plate in Florida. Motorcycles, mobile homes and trailers are exempt from the insurance requirement.
Initial Registration Fee
The initial application for registration 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. There are exemptions to this fee, including, but not limited to the following:
- Transfer of a license plate from a motor vehicle that has been disposed or is currently not in operable condition to a newly acquired motor vehicle
- Registration renewal
- Transfer of title between co-owners
Members of the Armed Forces stationed in Florida, but who maintain their legal residence out side 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.
(WARNING: Military personnel who file for non-resident status on a vehicle will not be eligible to file homestead exemption in the State of Florida. Contact the Nassau County Property Appraisers' Office for more information.)
Specialty and Personalized Tags
Specialty tags may be purchased at the Tax Collector's office. These plates carry unique designs, that were created to honor specific organizations. In addition to the annual license tax, there is an annual users fee ranging from $15.00 to $ 25.00 which goes to the particular organization for that license plate. Additionally there is an annual $2.80 processing fee and a $28.00 fee each time a new plate is issued. The user fee and processing fee are charged each year in addition to the registration fee, upon renewal.
Personalized tags may be ordered from the tax collector. Application for the initial personalized tag can be made at any time. A $ 28.00 plate fee and $ 17.00 personalization fee is charged, upon initial application, in addition to the registration fee. The $ 17.00 personalization fee is charged each year upon renewal. Specialty license plates can also be personalized for the additional annual costs of the specialty tag.
If your current tag is 10 years old, you must order your new personalized tag two (2) months ahead of expiration.
A Personalized License Plate Application is available at the Tax Collector's office or you may click here to download form HSMV 83043.