Florida Car Title FAQs
Obtaining a car title in Florida can seem a bit confusing; of course, you’ve got questions. We all do! Below are a few of the frequently asked questions about Florida car titles:
Why do I need a car title?
The title to the vehicle is a legal form that states who is the legal owner of the vehicle. This could be a person, or it could be a business. The state of Florida requires this document to prove ownership of a motor vehicle.
When do I apply for a title?
In Florida, you’ll need to apply for a title if you are buying a new vehicle, transferring your vehicle to another owner, or bringing a car in from another state.
What’s involved in the application process?
For you to properly title and register your car in Florida, you need to get a paper title or an electronic title. The person who is selling the vehicle must fill out the section regarding vehicle transfer. At this time you will have to show proof that the car is covered with current auto insurance, and complete a Florida Insurance Affidavit. You will pay the title transfer fees at this time.
Where do I go?
The nearest tax collector’s office is the place for this. Both buyer and seller should be in attendance for the title transfer. If you are located outside the state, you can also mail forms and fees to your county office.
Is it expensive?
In Florida, for an Electronic Title on a car already registered in Florida, the cost is about $75, and the Paper Title will cost a few dollars more. For an Electronic Title transfer for an out-of-state vehicle, the cost is about $85, and the paper title will cost around two dollars more. For a car that is new to Florida, there is a vehicle fee of about $225. Be sure to confirm fees with your local tax collector’s office before you make the trip.
How do I show proof of insurance?
You can use your Florida auto insurance card, your insurance policy, or a certificate of insurance. A binder, or a completed affidavit that has been signed by the insured driver, is also acceptable.
What’s a VIN number?
Your VIN number, or vehicle identification number, contains 17 digits and is the number used to identify your car. When you apply for the title, you will be asked to verify that number to be sure it matches the number stated on the proof of ownership.
Do I have to be over 18 to own a car?
There is no legal age limit. A minor, anyone under the age of 18, can own a car in the state of Florida. The minor’s natural guardian or the minor’s appointed guardian is
authorized to sign the application for a certificate of title for the minor, if the minor is unable.
Now you know a whole lot more about obtaining a car title in Florida. Be sure to drive safely, follow the rules, and enjoy the ride! Auto Tags has everything you need including title transfers, registration and renewals, customized plates, and your other tag and title needs. Check us out on our website or visit us in-person at Auto Tags.