In case of private sell or purchase of a vehicle, you can easily complete your title transfer online with, without ever having to wait in line or make an appointment. A transfer of ownership is also needed in the case of a move to Florida.
But if you prefer to do it in person, you can visit your local Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) office or visit your local tax collector’s branch. Make sure to have all the proper documentation and your certificate of title application.
Certificate of Title - If the previous owner has the paper copy of the title, they can simply fill out the section “Transferring Title by Seller” and hand to the buyer who will also sign the title. If the previous owner doesn't have the paper copy, then a duplicate can be obtained by the seller beforehand by filling out HSMV Form 82101.
Other Documents – Although not required, it's highly recommended for the protection of both parties that a bill of sale and/or lien satisfaction form is completed, so that any financial or legal responsibilities for either party don't affect the other.
For Out-of-State Titles - The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and odometer reading must be verified by filling out the HSMV 82042 form.
Application for Certificate of Title – The buyer has to complete This form and turn it in along with the signed title to their local FL DMV or tax collector’s office. If a duplicate of the title must be obtained at the time the transfer is being done, this form can be used, but the seller must also be present.
Insurance Affidavit – If you're registering the vehicle at the time of the title transfer (obtaining a license plate, decal, and registration card), you will need to present proof of insurance and complete the insurance affidavit form.
Fee Payment – The required fee to transfer a FL title ranges from $75 to $89 depending on whether the title being transferred is from in-state or out-of-state, if there are any liens on the car’s title, and if the transaction involves a paper or electronic title. Additionally, if the buyer is registering the vehicle at the time the title transfer is done, an initial registration fee of $225 will be required as well as a registration tax based on the vehicle’s weight and usage.
No matter what type of car you buy from a dealership, a new or used vehicle, the dealer is typically the one to handle the titling process and completing paperwork required to transfer the title in your name.
Also, if you’re financing the vehicle, the creditor will be listed on the title until the lien is satisfied. After the last loan payment is made, another title transfer will take place, but this time it's to transfer ownership solely to you.
E-Titles are usually issued to vehicles purchased at a dealership. The owner can request a paper copy of the title at any time for a $10 fee. If the owner maintains their title in electronic form and needs to sell the vehicle, they'll need to request a paper copy to transfer the title from the tax collector’s office.
|Vehicle and Motor Home Title Transfer fees||No Liens||1 Lienold|
|Transfer original title issued in another state or country (Private use vehicles)||$85.25||$87.25|
|Transfer original title issued in another state or country (For Hire vehicles)||$64.25||$66.25|
|Transfer title to new owner (Private use vehicles)||$75.25||$77.25|
|Transfer title to new owner (For Hire vehicles)||$54.25||$56.25|
|Vessel Title Transfer fees||No Liens||1 Lienold|
|Transfer original title issued in another state or country||$9.25||$10.25|
|Transfer title to new owner||$5.25||$6.25|
*An additional $2.50 fee will apply if the transfer is for an electronic title (e-title). Only one transfer fee is required in situations of both a name and state transfer (higher fee applies). For additional information on title and lien fees, click here.