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Questions About Florida Car Titles

When you got that new car you may have been transfixed by the neat touch screen, or maybe you were just amazed there was no radio antenna! All that excitement could have distracted you from other little details, like the vehicle title. What the heck is it? What do you do with it and, oh…hey, more buttons on the touch screen! 

Time to get back to business and the first order of business is:

What is 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 is it necessary to 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. 

How do I apply for a title?

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 to apply for title and registration? 

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. 

How much will this cost?

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 ob 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. 

 I need to show proof of insurance, what can I use as proof? 

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. 

I’ve been asked to provide my VIN number; what is that? 

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.

How old do I have to be to obtain a title for 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 that you’ve got some answers on how to properly title your new car, you can focus on safe driving and enjoy your new ride. There is no need to go into the DMV when you can stop by Auto Tags of East Broward. We offer all your auto tag and title needs - from registration, renewals, title transfers, and more.

Come see us today!

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