Saturday, June 15, 2024

Tags & Registration

Florida uses a metal license plate with an alpha numeric system, meaning there are combinations of letters and numbers used for identification. The license plate is displayed on the rear of the vehicle, with the exception of certain commercial vehicles. The plate is issued to the owner for ten (10) years. The owner will receive a new plate (with new numbers and letters) during the tenth (10th) year.

Vehicles are registered on a staggered basis according to the registered owner's birth month. The registration expires at midnight on the owner's birthday. The exceptions to this are company owned and short term lease vehicles, which expire in June. Long term lease vehicles are staggered throughout the calendar year, and truck-tractors, semi-trailers, and trucks weighing over 5,000 pounds are renewed in December. Nine passenger and over vehicles used for hire and mobile homes are also renewed in December. All vehicles are licensed according to weight. Travel trailers and mobile homes are licensed according to length.

Renew Registration by Mail or Online at

License plates can be renewed by mail, and returned to the owner. A mail fee is charged.
Renew by phone at 352-463-3178, or
renew online at

You must have:
1. Renewal notice with PIN
2. Credit Card
3. Pen & Paper


Annual license taxes for the operation of motor vehicles are defined by Florida Statutes, and must be paid at the time of registration and renewal. All fees are subject to change by Legislative Act.

Initial Registration Fee

The first time a license plate is purchased for a motor vehicle, a $225.00 initial registration fee may be imposed. This fee applies to private automobiles, motor homes and trucks weighing less than 5,000 pounds.

Military Rates

Members of the Armed Forces stationed in Florida, but who maintain their legal residence outside the State of Florida, are classified as non-resident military and are eligible for special registration rates. To qualify for the special rates, Florida law requires that the vehicle owner must submit a copy of their military orders or a current leave & earning statement for review. Proof of insurance is mandatory.

If the vehicle is not titled in Florida, the out-of-state title is required for application (DHSMV form 82040) . The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must be verified by a Tax Collector employee, Florida notary, motor vehicle dealer, or a state or military law enforcement officer (DHSMV form 82042).

Regular rates will apply if the non-resident's status changes. Also, if military orders transfer the owner out of the state of Florida, they are no longer entitled to Florida registration. If the vehicle owner is a Florida resident, the vehicle can be registered in Florida, by signing a military insurance exemption affidavit, furnishing an out-of-state address, and a copy of the military orders, or an affidavit from their commanding officer, confirming their date of assignment.

Vehicle Registration Prices

Classification Net Weight 1 Year Tag
1 Automobile through 2499 $28.10
2 Automobile 2500 - 3499 $36.10
3 Automobile 3500 - up $46.10
Initial Registration Fee   $225.00
1 Truck through 1999 $28.10
2 Truck 2000 - 3000 $36.10
3 Truck 3001 - 5000 $46.10


Antique Vehicle   $21.10
Motor Home wt 4500 and up   $59.35


New Plate Fee   $28.00

Specialty and Personalized Tags

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Specialty Tags

Specialty Tags may be purchased at any Tax Collector or Branch Tag Office. These plates carry unique designs, that were created to honor specific organizations. In addition to the annual license tax, there is an annual use fee ranging from $15.00 to $25.00. Additionally there is a $2.00 annual processing fee, and a $28.00 plate fee, each time a new plate is issued. The use fee and the processing fee are charged each year, in addition to the registration fee, upon renewal. 

Personalized Tags

Personalized Tags may be ordered at any Tax Collector or Branch Tag Office. Application for the initial personalized tag can be made any time. A $28.00 plate fee and $15.00 personalization fee is charged, upon initial application, in addition to other registration fees. The $15.00 personalization fee is charged each year upon renewal.


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