Friday, November 17, 2017

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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

Military Rates

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.


Florida Vehicle Titles can now be issued by this office at the time of the transaction for an additional fee of $ 10.00 or you may have the title returned to your address within 3 - 4 weeks by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee.

To transfer a Florida Title, the seller must complete the transfer information on the current title, including the purchaser's name, selling price and odometer reading at the time of sale. The purchaser then completes from HSMV 82040, to make application for title, and signs the face of the title in the "transfer of title" section of the title. In the case of a lost title, a duplicate title can be applied for using form HSMV 82101. A duplicate or lost title may be applied for when the vehicle owner is not present, provided the vehicle owner signs a Power of Attorney, form HSMV 82053. 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 fee is levied at the time of transfer.

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 properly completed 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.

We offer a fast title service. For an additional $ 10.00, we can print a title for you to have when you leave the office.

Sales Tax

The State of Florida has a state sales tax of 6%, which as an agent for the Florida Department of Revenue, the Tax Collector collects on transactions where applicable. 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.

Sales tax is required, by Florida Statute, at 6% of the purchase price, less trade-in on vehicle purchases. As an agent for the Florida Department of Revenue, the tax collector is responsible for collection and disbursement of this tax. An additional 1% is collected by Nassau County on the first $5,000 of the purchase price.


A placard can be purchased by 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 placard. Placards are valid for four years expiring on the applicants date of birth. Get form HSMV 83039 here.

A temporary disabled parking permit is also available for any time period, determined by the physician, not to exceed one year. The fee is $ 15.00.


 Boats & Vessels General Information

As an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the Tax Collector is responsible for providing the necessary service and record keeping procedures used in processing vessel(boat) titles and registrations. All motorized vessels, commercial and private, must be registered, titled and issued a decal before they can be used in Florida waters. The decal must be affixed to the port side of the boat.

Vessel registrations expire at midnight of the owners birthday. Registration for vessels titled in a business name expire June 30th.

Vessel registration fees are based on the length of the boat.

Renewal of vessel registrations can be processed in person at any location or by online.

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 Application with a Manufacture's Statement of Origin
For new boats, the selling dealer must complete the manufacturer's statement of origin (MSO), when applicable. Proof of sales tax paid or proof of exemption must be provided, or sales tax must be collected.

Application with a Florida Title
To transfer a Florida title of a used boat to the new owner complete the transfer information of the current seller's title. If the vessel is purchased through a dealer, the dealer reassignment also must be completed. Sales tax will be collected if applicable. In the event the title is lost, a duplicate title may be applied for using form HSMV 82101. When the vessel owner is not present, the owner can sign a Power of Attorney, form HSMV 82053, to allow the purchaser or agent to act in his behalf.
 Application with an Out-of-State Title or Registration
Many states do not require boats to be titled. Proof of ownership on a used boat from a non-title state is the vessel registration. A bill of sale is required with the registration to transfer ownership. If a title is available, it and Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle (HSMV) form 82040 (title application form) must be completed for processing. Sales tax will be collected if applicable.

A non-resident boater with a valid out-of-state registration certificate may use his/her vessel in Florida waters for 90 days without applying for a Florida registration. This applies to pleasure boats only. If the non-resident intends to use the craft in Florida longer than 90 days, the boat must be registered with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which is processed at the Tax Collector's office.

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