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Transferring a Title in Florida

If you’re buying or selling a new car and are looking to transfer the title from yourself to the new or original owner, there will be certain steps you will need to take. Overall, transferring a title is a relatively simple process and will require very little effort as long as you have the necessary documentation.

When transferring a motor vehicle title, the buyer must complete an Application for Certificate of Title with or without the Registration form. Once attached you can then submit it to a motor vehicle service center to transfer the title to your name.

It is important to make sure this is done within 30 days to avoid a late transfer penalty fee.

Before the Sale

If the seller has bought a new car and transferred the license plate, the seller will need to apply for a temporary tag, which will enable them to let prospective buyers test drive the vehicle. Applying for temporary tags will require proof of valid insurance.

For the sale to be fully legal in Florida, the seller will be responsible for transferring the title to the buyer. Paper titles that have been lost will require the seller to apply for a duplicate title in order to sell the car.

A duplicate title can be granted to those who complete form HSMV 82101 along with the duplicate title fee that can be paid to the motor vehicle service center.

Many locations offer expedited title services where you will be charged an additional $10 fee on top of your standard title fees.

What You’ll Need

When transferring a title, you will need a Florida vehicle bill of sale. This documentation is necessary for everyone looking to register their new car. Transferring ownership of a motor vehicle will also need to be notarized.

When acquiring a title, you will need to have the following documentation:

  • Proof of identity

  • Proof of ownership

  • Proof of required insurance coverage

  • A complete Application for Certificate of Title With/Without Registration (HSMV form 82040)

  • Payment of the applicable sales tax and title registration fees


Overall, transferring a title in the state of Florida is a relatively simple process. By providing all the necessary documentation and following the steps laid out in this guide, you can ensure that your title transfer process goes smoothly.

Selling a car doesn’t have to be stressful if you know how to properly transfer ownership. We hope that this guide provides you with the background information you need to complete an easy and legal transaction.

While it can many times seem like intimidating paperwork, the truth is that the process is actually a lot easier than it seems. Just make sure to have the proper paperwork for when the time to transfer your title comes. And also make sure to apply for a temporary tag before selling your vehicle and you should be in good shape. If you need to update your Broward tag and titles, come to the best Broward tag agency around - Auto Tags of East Broward. At East Broward Auto Tags, we specialize in Broward tag renewals and all things Fort Lauderdale tag agency that you may need. Don’t go to the Broward County DMV, come to East Broward Auto Tags for the best Fort Lauderdale tag agency. Check out our website here for more information on how we can help you, as well as finding our tags and titles page here.

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