The decal and certificate must be renewed 90 days before or on the day of expiration. Florida vehicle registration renewals can be completed in person, by mail, or online. The license plate is automatically replaced when required at the time of renewal.
If you recently established residency, you will be required to register a car in Florida within 10 days. Residency is considered established when you enroll a child in a public school or become employed part of full time. Before you complete the vehicle registration in Florida, you must:
If you purchased a new or used vehicle and you are not transferring a license plate, you will be required to obtain a new registration.
To register a car for the first time, a one-time initial fee of $225 fee will be required. Additional Florida vehicle registration fees also include a new plate fee ($28) and registration taxes which vary based on the vehicles weight and use among other things. This registration tax is the same one that is paid at each renewal term and can be as low as $16 or as high as $80 per 12 month period for vehicles up to 6,000 pounds. The registration tax for leased vehicles adds an additional $40 to $250 because of the taxing structure for “for hire” vehicles.
If you are registering a new vehicle in your name but are transferring a plate from another vehicle you own, you will not required to pay the initial fee but rather a transfer fee of $75.25.
In order to complete the Florida motor vehicle registration process, you must:
If you are looking to obtain a temporary tag for the purposes of transporting a vehicle into or out of the state, a 10 to 30 day temp tag can be issued at your local Tax Collector’s office.