Pinellas Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas Announces Heavy Truck Registration Renewal Period Changes

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas announces the registration renewal period for heavy trucks weighing between 5,001 pounds and 7,999 pounds now aligns with the primary owner’s birthdate. The statewide change goes into effect today, September 1, 2020, and applies exclusively to heavy trucks owned by individuals, not businesses.  The shift will take place during this year’s renewal period in December.

Typically, registration renewal dates are determined by the primary registrant’s birthdate.  However, nearly 30 years ago, an exception was put in place that required individual heavy truck owners to renew in December, instead of by their birthdate.

“This change makes sense for both the customer and tax collector offices across the state. Combined with property tax deadlines, the antiquated rule made December an extremely busy month for our offices,” said Thomas. “This shift will lessen customer confusion and provide a better balance for tax collector offices.”

This December, owners will have options allowing them to renew up until their next birthdate in 2021 or 2022.  Registrations can be renewed up to three months prior to their expiration month.  Therefore, individuals owning trucks weighing between 5,001 pounds and 7,999 pounds can renew as early as September 1, 2020.  As long as there are no stops or holds on their registration, customers can renew online at taxcollect.com or at one of the self-service kiosks located in tax collector offices and select Publix stores. For more information about the kiosks, visit taxcollect.com/self-service-kiosks/.

Visit taxcollect.com, or follow the agency on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@PinellasTC) for further details and frequent updates.  Customers can call the office at 727-464-7777 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. For more information, visit taxcollect.com.