Transferring Florida vehicle title with POA
Florida Title & Registration
I live in Florida. My father is currently incarcerated and has been for about a year and a half and looks like he is going to be there for many more years. I have a Limted POA over him that covers everything regarding him and his affairs except for medical decisions. When he realized he was going to be in jail for a very long time, he gifted me his car that is fully paid off. I went into the local tag agency because the DMV is crazy down here. Since the current title is electronic and not paper, they said o just need to order a replacement paper title and pay for it and then once I get that I can use the POA to have the title transferred into my name. In FL I see they have some different POA forms through the DMV that you can use for this purpose but I assume that is needed for people who do not have an actual real POA already. I can’t use one of those anyways because he is incarcerated and I wouldn’t be able to have him sign any documents any time soon. Is this something you can help me with online? I think I read I have to have a physical Title to do a transfer online with you guys if I am Not mistaken. If that is the case I can just order the replacement and have it within the week. And then handle the transfer online. Unless you guys have a way for me to complete the entire process without having to do that? I am going to be selling the car so I need it to be transferred into my name asap so I can sell it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Open Jan 26, 2023 - 09:28 AM
Florida, Vehicle Titles
Jan 26, 2023 - 09:28 AM
Thanks for your question and sorry to hear about what your family is going through. We would need to review the Power of Attorney (PoA) form you have to confirm if it will suffice for the purpose of printing the title and then transferring it to your name. You do in fact need to get the title printed first and then sign it over to yourself to do the transfer. We'll also add that it's possible for you to just have the title printed and then sell the car with the title still in your father's name. You would sign the title as the seller since you have PoA. However, this may cause issues for the buyer when he goes to complete the transfer and he may need copies of your PoA which may not be something you want to provide to a person you don't know or aren't familiar with. Our support team is contacting you directly to request pictures or scans of your PoA so we can determine if we can assist you with printing the title and completing the transfer.