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The original title or certificate/statement of origin: Both the buyer and seller must properly complete the "Transfer of Title by Seller" section on the title. It must include printed names and signatures of buyer(s) and seller(s), selling price, and date of sale. Note: Cross-outs, white-out, alterations, or erasures may void the title. (To see how to properly complete a title for transfer, view our title transfer illustration.)
Proper method of payment: Title transactions in our office can be paid for with cash, check, certified funds, debit card or credit card. A processing fee applies if you pay by debit card or credit card. For debit cards, the fee is $2.50. For credit cards, the fee is 2.5% with a minimum of $2.50. Our office does not retain any portion of this fee. "Starter" checks are not accepted.
Identification: All owners or purchasers (see below* for businesses) must be present with a valid (unexpired) state-issued or U.S. territory driver license or ID card or a valid (unexpired) passport from any country. If an owner/purchaser cannot be present, consider using a Power of Attorney form to complete the transaction – you must have a copy of the absent individual's identification along with the completed Power of Attorney form.
* Businesses are required to submit documentation showing they are a valid business. Typically, this can be done most easily with a printout from SunBiz (via a SunBiz record search). If the individual acting on behalf of the business is not listed as an officer, director, or registered agent on SunBiz, they must also submit, on letterhead, a letter that authorizes them to act on behalf of the business.
You will also be required to pay sales tax, if applicable. For information, see our sales tax page.
If you wait more than 30 days to transfer the title, you will be subject to a $10 late fee.
Did you purchase a boat and outboard motor from the same seller?
You may qualify for a partial sales tax exemption. Read our complete rig FAQ for complete details and requirements.
Are you selling a motor vehicle, boat, or mobile home?
It is required for an owner or co-owner who has transferred or sold a motor vehicle, boat or mobile home to notify the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) within 30 days after the sale or transfer to satisfy the requirement for limitation of liability. This can be done with a Notice of Sale form or by detaching and completing the top third of the Florida title, above the perforation, and mailing to the DHSMV at the address listed on the form. For additional requirements, read our vehicle, boat, and mobile home sale publication.