In order for the Manatee County Tax Collector's office to process your paperwork, you must provide proof that you reside in Manatee County either on a full-time basis or a part-time basis. (If you cannot provide proof of Manatee County residency, you cannot process your paperwork by mail in Manatee County.) Please submit a copy of one of the following items indicating a Manatee County address:

  • Florida Driver license (must have a Manatee County address)
  • Paid receipt for utility, telephone service, paid contract or turn-on order for utility service
  • Proof of homestead exemption
  • Rental or lease contract agreement
  • Current year motor vehicle, mobile home or boat certificate of registration
  • Copy of insurance policy for motor vehicle, mobile home or boat
  • Other documentary evidence that provides independent proof of a Manatee County address

In order to obtain a Florida title, please send the following:


  2. All individual(s) must submit a copy of one of the following with the application for title:
    • A valid driver license or ID card with photo issued by any US state or territory (Florida driver license must indicate a Manatee County address).
    • A Canadian driver license or ID card
    • A valid US or out-of-country passport
    • If transaction is being completed by Power of AttorneyPDF file a copy of the valid driver license, identification card or passport for both the applicant and the person appointed power of attorney is required.

  4. You can fill in and print the Application for Certificate of TitlePDF file here.
    • Complete sections 1, thru 6.
    • It is mandatory that a Florida address be provided in section 1 of the Application for Certificate of Title under the "Owner's or Lessee's Physical Street Address in Florida (Mandatory)" section.
    • If out-of-state title, section 8 MUST be completed but only by a law enforcement officer, military police - Provost Marshal, a commissioned or warrant officer in active military service, or a Legalman (non-commissioned officer in the rank of E-7 or higher) or a Florida certified notary. Owners may not verify their own VIN number.
    • Note: An out-of-state motor vehicle dealer may verify a VIN number on their letterhead signing and attesting to the fact that they have physically verified the VIN to be correct with a full description of the vehicle year, make and VIN; the letter must state that the dealer physically verified the VIN number. A Dealer VIN Verification for Out-of-State DealersPDF file template may be copied onto the dealer's letterhead and completed. All signatures must be original. (An out-of state motor vehicle dealer may not complete section 8 of form 82040.)

    • All applicants MUST sign section 12.
    • NEW CAR: Manufacturer's Statement of Origin

    • Note: Odometer statement must be completed on the back of the MSO or an original odometer statement completed by DEALER & PURCHASER must be submitted.
    • USED CARS: Florida Title or Out-of-State Certificate of Title (Registered in another state).
      Note: Used vehicles 10 years or newer require the odometer and the date read to be disclosed per Federal Odometer Laws.

      *The title must be signed over on the purchaser and seller lines and the odometer disclosure statement & applicable dates must be completed when:

      • Ownership is changing
      • Adding/removing a name
      • Transferring to/from a trust
      • Name change
    Not required on vehicles titled or registered in the owner's name for 6 months or longer. If owned less than 6 months you must supply our office with proof that sales tax was paid. If sales tax collected was less than our state sales tax, the difference will be due.

    Note: An exemption may apply, if a member of the United States military, who is a permanent Florida resident, is stationed outside Florida, purchases a vehicle outside of Florida (but in the United States) and is applying for a Florida title and registration. The transfer of title and registration of the vehicle is not subject to Florida sales and use tax if the vehicle will not be brought into Florida within 6 months from the date of purchase. A copy of the military member's military orders indicating military member is stationed outside of Florida (not to expire for at least six months from the date of application for Florida title) and an affidavit stating the vehicle will not be brought into Florida within six months. Please complete the   Military AffidavitPDF file if this applies to you. A dealer invoice/bill of sale must also be submitted.

    If you are transferring a Florida license plate that is registered to the same owner(s) of this vehicle, a copy of the current registration must be submitted OR list the plate number in section 2 of the Application for Certificate of Title.

    A copy of your military orders must be submitted.

    The Initial Registration Fee Exemption AffidavitPDF file form is to exempt the Initial Registration Fee for qualified military members. The top section must be completed with the vehicle information. Military members must review page 2 of this application and select a qualifying exemption and enter that exemption number on page 1. The military member must sign, print and date at bottom of form. A copy of the front and back of the military member's driver license must be included.

    Florida residents (including dependent spouses) outside of Florida due to military assignment must provide the following:

    1. An out-of-state mailing address (which will be shown on the registration)
    2. One of the following, which proves current military assignment out-of-state:
    a. A copy of the military orders, OR
    b. Military AffidavitPDF file completed by the military member's commanding officer that confirms the member's military orders and the date of assignment
    3. An affidavit stating the motor vehicle is being maintained in the member's state of military assignment and will not be driven in Florida, except in a transient visitor status. This can be placed on the same Military Affidavit mentioned above.
    4. Proof of Florida or out-of-state insurance in the form of one of the following:
    a. Current (not expired) insurance card
    b. Current (not expired) insurance policy
    c. Current insurance binder (A binder is not valid more than 60 days from the effective date, regardless of the expiration date that appears on it.)

    Proof of insurance must list all of the following:

    • Automobile insurance company name
    • Policy number
    • Type of coverage
    • Name of the insured
    • Vehicle year, make, and vehicle identification number (VIN)
    • Effective date (Not valid for more than one year from the effective date, except for binders. A binder is not valid more than 60 days from the effective date, regardless of the expiration date that appears on it.)

    Non-resident military personnel stationed in Florida, who register their vehicles in Florida, must have Florida insurance. Complete the Florida Insurance AffidavitPDF file. Insurance in Florida by an out-of-state insurer is not sufficient; insurance must be furnished from a company licensed in Florida.

    Please note: This affidavit may only be completed if you have a current Florida insurance policy.

    Please Note: For military personnel claiming a Florida Insurance exemption, an out of state address for mailing purposes is required in section 1 of the Application for Certificate of Title under the "Owner's Mailing Address (Mandatory)" section.

  11. CHECK or money order in US funds made payable to Ken Burton Jr., Tax Collector. Your check is welcome provided it includes: Full name, street address, home telephone number with area code, driver license number and state of issuance. Starter checks are not acceptable. If your check is returned, it may be re-presented electronically. By submitting your payment by check, you are authorizing service charges and processing fees, as permitted by F.S. 832, to be debited from the same account by paper draft or electronically, at the option of the Tax Collector.

  12. Mail your paperwork to:

    Ken Burton Jr., Tax Collector
    Attn: Customer Contact Center
    819 301 Blvd. West
    Bradenton, Florida 34205
    Phone: 941-741-4800
    www.taxcollector.comNew window

Note: Please allow 10-14 business days for processing and mail time. If you would like expedited mail services, a prepaid overnight envelope must be supplied with your transaction. *Fast titles cannot be issued by mail.


The 12 month registration period for automobiles and trucks weighing less than 5,000 pounds begins the first day of the owner's birth month. The registration fee is determined by the first owner's birthday and empty weight of the vehicle.

To determine the number of months required, start with the month the vehicle is being registered in Florida and count through to the owner's birth month.

Look up the weight of your vehicle: window

Visit our website for information about heavy trucks over 5000 lbs.
Heavy Truck Information and Fee Schedule based on GVWNew window

Visit our website for title/registration feesNew window or refer to the chart.

AUTO/CAR AUTO/PICKUP 1-12 MO 13 MO 14-15 MO 16-24 MO 25 MO 26-27 MO 1 YEAR 2 YEAR
0 -> 2,499 0 -> 1,999 56.10 70.60 75.40 84.20 98.70 103.50 28.10 56.20
2,500 -> 3,499 2,000 -> 3,000 64.10 86.60 91.40 100.20 122.70 127.50 36.10 72.20
3,500 + Up 3,001 -> 5,000 74.10 106.60 111.40 120.20 152.70 157.50 46.10 92.20

MOTORHOME 1-12 MO 13 MO 14-15 MO 16-24 MO 25 MO 26-27 MO 1 YEAR 2 YEAR
Up to 4499 67.10 94.10 97.40 106.20 133.20 136.50 39.10 78.20
4500 + up 87.35 134.60 137.90 146.70 193.95 197.25 59.35 118.70

1-12 MO 13 MO 14-15 MO 16-24 MO 25 MO 26-27 MO 1 YEAR 2 YEAR
  52.60 55.10 60.90 77.20 79.70 85.50 24.60 49.20

TRAVEL TRAILER & 5th WHEEL 1-12 MO 13 MO 14-15 MO 16-24 MO 25 MO 26-27 MO 1 YEAR 2 YEAR
Up to 35 ft. 67.10 73.85 77.15 106.20 112.95 116.25 39.10 78.20
Over 35 ft. 65.10 71.35 74.65 102.20 108.45 111.75 37.10 74.20

Sales Tax Chart
Charges Credits
Item Taxable Not Taxable Credit for Sales Tax Not a Credit for Sales Tax
Title Fee (Including Lien & Lemon Law Fees)
Registration Fee (License or Temporary Plate)
Service Warranty/Contract
Insurance (Including GAAP)
Notary Fees
Accessories or Administrative Fees
Freight, Shipping, Handling & Delivery Fees
Other Fees (Inspection, Road, etc.)
Dealer Discounts (Specifically listed)
Manufacturer Rebates
Documentation Stamp Tax (Specifically listed)
Documentation or Documentary Fee
Federal Tax (to a reciprocal state)
Luxury/Excise Tax (to a reciprocal state)
Use Tax, local tax, sales tax (to a reciprocal state)

Does Florida give sales tax credit for sales tax paid in your prior state?
Check here. file

1. License Plate/Renewal Fee:  
If you are renewing or need a new plate use the amounts listed on the License Plate Fees chart OR if you are transferring a current Florida registration:
Enter License Plate/Renewal Fee from table above  

OR if you are transferring a current Florida registration:

Autos/Pickups $7.85  
All other transfers $12.35  

Enter License Plate/Renewal Fee:

2. Initial Plate Fee: (for Motor Vehicles and Motor Homes only)
Charged on each vehicle unless transferring a Florida plate or if military exemption applies. Complete Initial Registration Fee Exemption Affidavit
3. Title Fee: (CHOOSE ONLY ONE)

Because you are applying for your title by mail, the "fast title" option is not available.
Car or RV/Motor Home from another state $88.25
Brand new car $78.25
Vehicle currently titled in Florida $78.25
Brand new RV/Motor home $81.25
4. Late Fee:
If completed application is not received in our office within 30 days from purchase date
5. Sales Tax:
Not applicable if the vehicle has been owned for more than six (6) months, sales tax was already paid, or if you are sales tax exempt because you are a permanent resident of Florida, stationed outside of Florida, purchased a vehicle out-of-state (but in the United States) and will not be bringing the vehicle into the state of Florida for six months or longer (applicable section on Miscellaneous Affidavit required to be completed). For more information about sales taxNew window, please visit our website.

Purchase Price (including add-on packages, destination charges and documentation/conveyance fees)  
Trade In (Sales tax is due on Manufacturer Rebates)  
Less Sales Tax paid in another state (attach proof)  
6. Lien Fee:
If you have a lien on the vehicle $2.00

For more information about military services, please visit our Military Information FAQ on our website at window.

Did you include all required documents?

  • Your contact information on the front page of the Mail Packet
  • Proof of Manatee County Residency
  • Proof of Identification
  • Application for Certificate of Title
  • Original Certificate of Origin OR Original Certificate of Title
  • Bill of Sale and/or copy of dealer invoice
  • Current registration information
  • Copy of Military Orders
  • Initial Registration Fee Exemption Affidavit
  • Proof of Florida Insurance OR Military Insurance Exemption section of the Military Affidavit with letterhead details from your insurance company
  • Sales Tax Exemption section of the Military Affidavit
  • Check or money order in US funds made payable to Ken Burton Jr., Tax Collector

The information contained in this packet is believed to be correct, but is not warranted and is subject to change.