New Florida Residents

GOOD NEWS! If you have an out-of-state license, you may be able to convert it to a Florida driver license without having to take a knowledge exam or road test. Click here for more information.

How to transfer your vehicle’s title and registration:

  • Obtain vehicle insurance from a company licensed to do business in Florida. In other words, contact a Florida insurance agent.
  • Bring proof of identity (required for all owners), proof of Florida insurance, original out-of-state title, or registration if the vehicle is leased or you are making payments, and the vehicle itself to our office. We will verify the vehicle identification number (VIN) and note the mileage.
  • VIN verification is required for all USED motor vehicles not currently titled in Florida, including trailers with a weight of 2,000 pounds or more. If you are unable to bring the vehicle, the VIN must be physically inspected by one of the following and documented on form HSMV 82042: Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification.
      • A law enforcement officer from any state, or
      • A licensed Florida or out of state motor vehicle dealer. NOTE: If the VIN is verified by an out of state motor vehicle dealer, the verification must be submitted on their letterhead stationery, or
      • A Florida DMV Compliance Examiner/Inspector, DMV or Tax Collector employee, or
      • A notary public commissioned by the state of Florida, or
      • Provost Marshal (an officer who supervises the military police of a command) or a commissioned officer in active military service, with a rank of 2nd Lieutenant or higher or an LNC, “Legalman, Chief Petty Officer, E-7.”
  • When applying for title, ALL owners are required to sign a completed application for title (HSMV 82040). If an owner is unable to sign the form in the presence of a Tax Collector employee, he/she may sign his/her appropriate portion of the form and give to the co-owner for submission to the agency. Remember: proof of identity is required for all owners.
  • If the out-of-state title is currently in the possession of an out-of-state lienholder, the Tax Collector’s office will assist you in contacting the lienholder to obtain the title. The lien will be recorded on the Florida title when issued.
  • In the state of Florida, a motor vehicle is required by law to be registered within ten days of the owner either becoming employed, placing children in public school, or establishing residency. Registering your motor vehicle goes hand in hand with the titling process.
  • IMPORTANT: If you purchased your motor vehicle or vessel less than six months ago in another state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia, the full amount of six percent Florida sales tax and local one percent local discretionary sales tax is required to be paid before a title and registration can be issued. However, a credit may be allowed for a like tax paid in another state or territory of the United States or in the District of Columbia, against the amount of Florida sales or use tax and local discretionary sales surtax. Click here for more information.