04/02/14: Florida vehicle owners to save $400 million a year on renewals

Florida vehicle owners to save $400 million a year on renewals

Tax Collector ahead of legislation in an effort to save Pinellas County residents money

CLEARWATER, FL, APRIL 2, 2014 – Diane Nelson, Tax Collector, is looking out for Pinellas County residents. Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 156 into law today, which lowers the cost of motor vehicle registration fees. It is estimated that Florida vehicle owners will save $400 million a year.

In a proactive effort, Ms. Nelson removed the two-year option from Pinellas County motor vehicle renewals, beginning with the May 2014 notices. She stated, “I want to give Pinellas County residents the opportunity to take advantage of the savings this legislation offers. I would be disheartened if someone renewed their vehicle registration for two years and missed out on the opportunity to save money because they were not informed of the new fee structure.” This legislative change will take effect September 1, 2014.

Residents still have the option to renew their registrations for two years. They simply need to write “two year renewal” and double the amount to be paid on their registration renewal return card. There is no cost advantage with two-year registration renewals, they are offered as a matter of convenience.

ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office responsible for collecting and distributing state and local taxes, and for providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. The Office received the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award for performance excellence. For more information visit www.taxcollect.com.

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