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All of the following boat transactions can only be processed at our DeSoto office or the First Manatee South County Tag Agency:
Old boat never registered
The First Manatee South County Tag Agency is located at 5756 14th Street West in Bradenton and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This office accepts cash, check and debit only. A 3.5% fee will be charged on check transactions to guarantee funds and on all debit transactions as a processing fee. Appointments can only be scheduled through the auto tag agency website.
The DeSoto office is located at 819 301 Boulevard West in Bradenton and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can only be scheduled through our online appointment system.
All owners will need to be present with their valid (unexpired) state-issued license/ID or valid (unexpired) passport. If you purchased the homemade boat from the builder, you will need to provide a bill of sale from the builder that specifies the purchase price. If you constructed the boat yourself, you will need to provide receipts for any materials purchased where sales tax was or was not collected.
If the homemade boat is 16 feet or more in length, you will need to provide a Certificate of Inspection from the Florida Marine Patrol. (Call 863.648.3200 to schedule a time for the inspection.) While in our office, you will be asked to complete an application for certificate of title and a vessel builder form. (Completing these forms ahead of time will expedite your transaction.) Title and registration fees will apply, and sales tax may also be collected, when applicable.
Old boat never registered
To process the transaction:
The boat must be 5 years old or older.
All owners will need to be present with their valid (unexpired) state-issued license/ID or valid (unexpired) passport.
If the boat was purchased from someone, a bill of sale will need to be provided. The seller must specify the purchase price and include an affidavit that explains why the boat was never titled or registered before.
If the boat has a hull identification number, a legible pencil tracing of the hull number is required.
If the boat does not have a hull identification number, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will need to inspect the boat and complete the "Inspection for Other Than Homemade Boat" form. This form must be submitted for titling.
Additional affidavits may be required, depending on circumstance.
Title and registration fees will apply, and sales tax may also be collected, when applicable.
The State of Florida recognizes valid registration certificates and numbers from another state issued to visiting boaters for a period of 90 days on recreational boats only. You can operate your out-of-state registered boat on Florida waterways without obtaining a Florida registration/decal.
However, if you reside in Florida for more than 90 days, you must either title and register your boat in Florida or purchase a Sojourner registration (if you plan on taking the boat back to your home state).
To obtain a Sojourner registration, you must:
Provide a copy of the out-of-state registration showing the boat details, out-of-state number and owner names.