Military Service Members
The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s office wants to make life as easy as possible for all of the men and women that serve or have served in the armed forces. Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions from military families. If you do not find answers to your questions here, please contact us. Thank you for all you do to protect our great nation and advance liberty around the world!
Are there any special discounts for veterans who visit the Tax Collector’s Office for driver license services?
Effective July 1, 2018, veterans are no longer charged the $6.25 tax collector fee for driver license transactions at any Florida Tax Collector’s Office. Also effective July 1, 2018, there is no fee for adding the “Veteran” designation to a driver license or identification card. Veterans must provide proof of honorable military service, such as their DD-214, Veteran Identification Card, or Veteran Health Identification Card.
I am a resident of another state but am stationed in Florida. Do I have to title and register my vehicle here?
While you have the option to purchase a Florida license plate when stationed here, the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Relief Act of 1940 authorizes non-resident service members to display a current license plate from their home state. If you to register your vehicle in Florida, please visit our motor vehicles page for more information.
I am a Florida resident with a Florida vehicle registration and plate, but I’m stationed out of state. What renewal options do I have?
You have several options. You can renew online, by mail, or have a family member or trusted friend renew for you in one of our many branch locations.
Are there military specialty license plates available in Florida?
Absolutely, Florida offers a variety of military specialty plates. Restrictions and/or criteria requirements apply to some plates. For more information, visit the following sites for restricted plates and non-restricted plates.
I bought a vehicle while stationed in another country. Will I owe additional taxes when I title it in Florida?
Yes, sales tax will be collected on the fair market value of the motor vehicle. To title a motor vehicle that was purchased while stationed out of the country you must bring the following into one of our offices:
Veterans who live in Florida can add a veteran designation to their driver license or ID card, which is the word “Veteran” in blue on the bottom right portion of the card. Having this designation allows veterans to receive discounts at certain merchants and retailers that offer veteran discounts. To add “Veteran” to your license or ID card, please visit one of our branch locations and plan to:
- Present your DD-214, which shows your honorable discharge from active duty.
- Pay a replacement or renewal fee.
- Click here to ensure you have all required documents.
Veterans who need to obtain a copy of their DD-214 may request it through the National Archives Military Records online portal.
Military Motor Vehicle and Driver License Forms