MOTOR VEHICLE/TRAVEL TRAILER TITLE PACKET CHECKLIST

NAME:

FLORIDA PHONE:

OUT-OF-STATE PHONE:

E-MAIL ADDRESS:

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:

1. IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
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.

When a title is being transferred into the name of a business, proof of the validity of the business must be submitted and may be a copy of the following:

For a Florida registered business:

  • Proof of Occupational License
  • A current year IRS tax return showing the business name
  • Active corporation or fictitious name documents filed with the Secretary of State
  • Dept. of Business & Professional Regulation License or Dept. of State License
  • Proof of registration with the Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services
  • Department of Revenue Sales Tax Registration/Exemption Certificate
  • IRS Heavy Use Tax (for Dump Trucks and Heavy Trucks) Form 2290
  • Current year Manatee County Personal Property Tax bill or receipt

For an out-of-state registered business:

  • A current IRS tax return (one page that shows the business name).
  • Valid State business document or Occupational License

The following are unacceptable types of verification for businesses:

  • A bank or checking account with the business name on it
  • A bill in the name of the business
  • Mail addressed to the business

NOTE: Proof of authorization of an agent is required for all vehicles going into a business name.

One of the following must be submitted:

  • If the agent is signing for a Florida registered business and the person is listed on www.sunbiz.orgNew window as an officer or director a screen print must be submitted.
  • If the agent signing or business is not listed on the Sun Biz website or the business is not registered in Florida, the agent signing must submit a letter on original business letterhead, which states that they are authorized to sign on behalf of the business. (The letter may be signed by any individual, provided s/he is someone other than the person signing the application.)

2. APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF TITLE:
You can fill in and print the Application for Certificate of TitlePDF file here.

  • Complete sections 1, thru 6. If company owned, an FEID number MUST be provided.
  • 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. (If signing as an agent of a business, the agent's position with the business must be noted.)
3. ONE OF THE FOLLOWING MUST BE SUBMITTED TO SHOW PROOF OF OWNERSHIP: (CAUTION: COPIES CANNOT BE ACCEPTED)
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

4. BILL OF SALE OR COPY OF DEALER INVOICE:
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.

5. CURRENT REGISTRATION:
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.

6. INITIAL REGISTRATION FEE EXEMPTION AFFIDAVIT:
The Initial Registration Fee Exemption AffidavitPDF file form is to exempt the Initial Registration Fee to qualified individuals. The top section must be completed with the vehicle information and an exemption reason must be checked.

7. PROOF OF INSURANCE:
Complete the Florida Insurance AffidavitPDF file. Insurance issued by an out-of-state insurer/agent is not sufficient; insurance must be furnished from a company licensed in Florida.

8. 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.

9. 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.

COMPUTATION OF AMOUNT DUE FOR APPLICATION FOR A FLORIDA TITLE

The registration begins the day of purchase/ownership change until the first owner's birth month. (Exception: Company owned vehicles use the month of June). If this is only a transfer from out-of-state and ownership is not changing, the effective date would be today's date. 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 was purchased and count through to the owner's birth month.

Look up the weight of your vehicle:
http://www.autotrader.com/research/compare/index.jsp?restype=usedNew 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.

LICENSE PLATE FEES
WEIGHTS ORIGINAL PLATE ISSUANCES RENEWALS
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

WEIGHTS ORIGINAL PLATE ISSUANCES RENEWALS
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

WEIGHTS ORIGINAL PLATE ISSUANCES RENEWALS
MOTORCYCLE 50CC's & OVER
(INCLUDES MOTOR SCOOTERS)
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

LENGTHS ORIGINAL PLATE ISSUANCES RENEWALS
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.
http://www3.flhsmv.gov/dmv/Proc/TL/TL-08.PDFPDF file

1. License Plate/Renewal Fee:  
REQUIRED
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 exemption applies. Complete Initial Registration Fee Exemption Affidavit
  $225.00
 
3. Title Fee: (CHOOSE ONLY ONE)
REQUIRED
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
  $20.00
 
5. Sales Tax:
Not applicable if the vehicle has been owned for more than 6 months or if sales tax was already paid. 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
 

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
  • Proof of business verification - if applicable
  • 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
  • Initial Registration Fee Exemption Affidavit
  • Proof of Florida Insurance
  • 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.