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1. What is a registration?
A registration is evidence of having paid the registration tax on a motor vehicle. It consists of a metal license plate, a serially numbered validation decal and a registration certificate. 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.
2. How do I register a vehicle if I am out of state?
Complete our Automobile Registration in Florida Form and Follow Mailing instructions on the form, to pay with a credit card, you may call us.
3. What are the basic registration fees?
See the fee schedule on this site, the figures stated are budgets and include all costs except Sales and Use Tax which is only due. IF you have previously registered a vehicle in FL and let the registration lapse, we will make every effort to save you the $100.00 "initial registration" fee included in the state costs. Please provide us with any information about that vehicle or your previous FL driver license number, we are diligent bulldogs about only paying the taxes when they are due and not overpaying.
4.What are temporary license plates used for?
Florida law provides for a variety of legal uses of temporary license plates. The state will only want to issue temporary tags in cases where the vehicle does not have a current registration. The license plates are valid for 30 days, and may be renewed for an additional 30 days if necessary, but no more. This is why we ask for the expiration of your current registration and recommend a 60 day lead time on registering vehicles in FL
5. Does my registration expire on my birthday or the end of my birth month?
Registrations issued in the name of an individual expire at midnight on the day of their birth date NOT NOON, MIDNIGHT of night before, except for mobile homes and commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles expire at midnight on the last day of the month of May (if registered semiannually) or December (for annual registration). Registration issued in a company name are assigned a designated month and the registration expires at midnight on the last day of that month.
6. Can anyone renew my license plate for me?
Yes, however, the individual renewing your license plate must provide proof of insurance, a copy of your current registration or a renewal notice and the proper fees. Some registrants are required to meet specific criteria when applying for an original license plate and registration. They are then required to prove they still meet those criteria every year upon renewal. Examples: disabled veterans, non-resident military, forestry, agricultural or horticultural and X-series license plates.
7. Do I have to turn in my license plate when I cancel insurance?
When insurance is canceled and motor vehicle records indicate the vehicle is still owned by the same person and the license plate is still valid, the Bureau of Financial Responsibility, Division of Driver Licenses requires that the license plate be canceled. DO NOT LET YOUR INSURANCE LAPSE IT IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE.
8. Why can't I pay for a two or three-year registration?
With our service, you can, we renew the vehicle automatically annually for three years.
9. Do I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Section 320.0605, Florida Statutes, requires the registration certificate or an official copy to be in the possession of the operator of the motor vehicle or carried in the vehicle at all times. Therefore, either way is permissible as long as a copy can be produced for law enforcement upon demand.
10. I am registering a vehicle for the first time in Florida. Is automobile insurance mandatory?
Yes. If you own a vehicle with at least four wheels and are registering it, you must have insurance. Florida coverage is an insurance policy delivered or issued for delivery in Florida by an insurance company licensed by the Florida Department of Insurance.
11. What type of insurance is required to purchase and maintain a Florida tag and registration?
Florida's minimum coverage is $10,000 personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 property damage liability (PDL) as long as you have a valid Florida tag, even if the vehicle is in another state or inoperative. There are no exemptions in the law. However, if you have been involved in a crash, or been convicted of certain offenses, you may be required to purchase bodily injury liability coverage (BIL).
12. Can I maintain my current policy issued in my previous state of residence?
No. The minimum required insurance must be issued through a Florida agent with an insurance company licensed to sell in Florida. Most insurers have Florida agents and are licensed to issue policies in Florida. Just ask your agent to transfer your current insurance to Florida when you register a vehicle in Florida.
13. What if I fail to keep insurance on my vehicle that I've registered in Florida?
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is authorized to suspend your driving privilege, including your vehicle tag and registration, for up to three years or until proof of Florida insurance is provided, whichever is first.
14. How to I go about getting this insurance?
Your first call should be to your current insurance agent, tell them you will be moving the vehicle to FL and use the Lake City address for their records. IF this quote from them is unsatisfactory, please call us and use our auto insurance Search service, we can get you two good quotes.
We offer the following suggestions regarding auto insurance, these
gems of wisdom were provided by our attorney when we were forced to
sue our insurance companies to get them to pay for damages from an
accident. Had we done these things, prior to the accident, we may
not have had to wait the 6 years that it took to settle the case.
15. Do you have a service to get me a Disabled Permit so I can use the Blue parking?
Y· Disabled persons must have either a current Florida driver license or a Florida identification card issued by the Florida Division of Driver Licenses. The driver license or ID number must be affixed to the parking permit.
· FOR THIS REASON WE CANNOT PROVIDE DISABLED PERMITS, SINCE
YOU MUST APPEAR IN PERSON IN FL TO GET A FL DRIVER LICENSE, WE SUGGEST
YOU GET THE HANDICAPPED PERMIT AT THE SAME TIME.
16. What are the rules regarding a Florida Driver License?
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issues the following
classes of licenses: Class A, B, C, D, and E.
17. How do I obtain a Florida Driver License?
You will need to personally visit a Florida Driver License offiice, please use these rules as a guideline for the requirements additional requirements may be found at The State of Florida websitettp://www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ddl/faqkeys.html#OOS
United States Citizens
One of the following (3) documents:
1. Original or certified United States birth certificate, including
territories and District of Columbia; or
And a secondary document, which substantiates the primary document, is required. Document may include, but is not limited to, the original or certified copy of one of the following:
1. School record stating date of birth, which must contain the registrar's
United States Citizens With Out-of-State Licenses
AlaskaConnecticutHawaiiIllinoisIndiana IowaMichiganMinnesotaNebraskaNew Jersey North CarolinaOregonRhode IslandTennesseeTexas UtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWisconsin
are acceptable as secondary identification and to reciprocate driving
privileges, and must be accompanied by one of the following:
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