While there are nuances with each situation, the overall process is pretty similar. It may seem overwhelming but when you have the right forms filled out, the right documents handy, and a few spare hours, you can complete this process without getting a headache. Here’s how.
A private sale or purchase will require the buyer to handle this process in person at a local tax collector or DMV office. For those just moving to the state and needing to transfer the title of their vehicle to Florida, the following steps also apply.
Whether the car you are buying from a dealer is used or new, the dealer will normally take care of all the needed paperwork to transfer the title into your name. Dealerships usually charge a service fee for this on top of the DMV cost associated with a Florida title transfer. While most of the transactions done by dealers or their agency go through without issue, it is important for a buyer to follow up with the Florida DMV directly to assure the transfer process was successfully completed
Also, if you are financing the automobile, the creditor will be listed on the title until the lien is satisfied. After the last payment is made, another title transfer will take place but this time it is 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 will 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.