2. Complete the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Verification Form
Prior to arriving at our office, the entire VIN Verification Form (HSMV 82042 – https://www.flhsmv.gov/pdf/forms/82042.pdf) must be completed. This form verifies the VIN and odometer on all vehicles being transferred to Florida from another State. A Florida notary, a licensed Florida auto dealer, a law enforcement officer in any state, or the buyer AND seller (if newly purchased) may complete the form.
Note: There are no other safety or emissions inspections required in Florida to title/register your vehicle.
Verification is not required on any boat, mobile home, trailer or semitrailer with an empty weight of less than 2,000 pounds, or any travel trailer, camping trailer, truck camper, fifth-wheel recreation trailer, or off-highway vehicle.
3. Appointments REQUIRED / Office Locations
Appointments are REQUIRED for all transactions! Visit taxcollector.com to schedule an appointment for your out-of-state title transfer. We only serve Manatee County residents and businesses. Limit 4 transactions per appointment. We have three convenient offices to serve you: Our DeSoto Office(located closest to the Island, West and Central Bradenton), our Lakewood Ranch Office(located closest to Lakewood Ranch and East Manatee County), and our North River Office(located closest to Palmetto, Ellenton, and Parrish).
4. Bring Your Original Title
Bring the original CERTIFICATE OF TITLE – not the registration and NOT a photocopy of the title. If you have misplaced the title or it is unavailable (lost, in storage), you will NOT be able to complete your transaction. We need the title to proceed. In some cases, you may have to contact the State DMV that issued your title to obtain a duplicate title so it can be transferred to Florida.
If the vehicle is already titled in your name in the previous state, you will leave the title blank.
If newly purchased, both buyer and seller must properly complete the “Transfer of Title” section on the title. It must include printed names and signatures of buyer(s) and seller(s), odometer reading and date read, selling price, and date of sale. Any alterations, cross-outs, white-out, or erasures may void the title and require you to submit a notarized or perjury clause Bill of Sale (https://www.powerdms.com/public/MCTC/documents/1470934) signed by the seller.
5. All Owners Present with Valid Legal Identification
All owners/purchasers* must be present with one of the following valid (unexpired) documents:
Driver License/ID Card from any US State (includes US Territories)
Passport from any country
Canadian Driver License/ID Card
If an owner/purchaser cannot be present, consider using a Power of Attorney form (https://www.powerdms.com/public/MCTC/documents/1474142). You will be required to submit a copy of the absent individual’s valid identification along with the completed form.
Note: If the vehicle is newly acquired, it is not mandatory for buyer and seller to visit our office together, but it may expedite the process.
*BUSINESSES are required to submit documentation showing that they are a valid business. This can be done with a printout from:
SunBiz (https://dos.myflorida.com/sunbiz/) for a Florida business or
The printout must show an “active” status. If the individual acting on behalf of the business is not listed on the printout, they must also submit, on letterhead, a letter that authorizes them to act on behalf of the business.
6. Bring PROOF of Your New Florida Insurance on the Vehicle You are Titling and Registering
Not providing PROOF of FLORIDA insurance is one of the most common reasons this transaction cannot be completed. Please note, your out of state insurance policy MUST be transferred to Florida and a new Florida policy issued with a Florida ID Card/Binder/Policy Number. In almost all cases, your out of state insurance agent will not be able to write a Florida insurance policy and phone/internet based insurance companies will have to issue new policy documents showing it is a Florida policy. Card/Binder/Policy requirements:
Must state that it is a FLORIDA policy – If it doesn’t say FLORIDA on the card, we won’t be able to take it
Cannot be expired or post-dated
Must list at least one owner’s name that will be recorded on the Florida title
Must list the specific information for the vehicle you are titling/registering (i.e. VIN, year, make, model)
Must list the 5-digit Florida Insurance Company Code Number
Note: If the vehicle you are titling is a truck that weighs more than 5,000 lbs, view our heavy truck FAQ (http://www.taxcollector.com/contactapp/question_detail.cfm?question=1559&category=3#xy) for additional insurance requirements.
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles does not require our office to view proof of insurance for motorcycles, trailers, boats, mobile homes, or off-highway vehicles.
7. Bring PROOF that You’ve Owned Your Vehicle More than 6 Months to Avoid Paying Sales Tax
Usually, you will not have to pay Florida sales tax while transferring a vehicle to Florida from another state UNLESS you’ve owned the vehicle less than six months. (In Manatee County the sales tax is 7%.)
PROOF that you’ve owned the vehicle more than six months may include: current DMV registrations that include a purchase date, old DMV registrations, lien or lease paperwork, dealership paperwork – all documentation must contain your name and specific vehicle details (VIN, year, make, dates, etc.).
PROOF that you’ve paid sales tax, for vehicles owned less than six months, to a reciprocal US State/US Territory (floridarevenue.com/taxes/tips/Documents/TIP_21A01-13.pdf) must be submitted with your paperwork. A dealer invoice or title/registration, which specifically lists sales tax paid, are the most common ways to prove this. Note: Not all states are reciprocal – when a state is not reciprocal, it means Florida sales tax must be collected.
With all registration/title transfer transactions, the amount of sales tax paid by the customer, the reported purchase price and the Fair Market Value claimed by the customer are subject to investigation and audit by the Florida Department of Revenue in Tallahassee.
Acceptable Methods of Payment and Estimated Fees
We acceptcash, check, debit cards, and credit cards. A $2.50 processing fee for debit cards and a 2.5% processing fee (minimum of $2.50) for credit cards will apply. Our office does not retain any portion of this fee.
The estimated cost to title and register a vehicle for the first time is $396.00 - $441.00. Estimate does not include sales tax, if applicable. (This estimate includes transfer costs, the title and a one year registration.)
Titles must be transferred within 30 days of the purchase date to avoid late fee of up to $20.
Fees may be reduced if you previously had a license plate in your name in Florida. Other exceptions may apply – ask an associate during your visit for details.
Active duty members of the US Military who are legal Florida residents may be exempt from some fees – ask an associate during your visit for details.
Death Scenario Transactions
Due to the many variables that may be involved with a death scenario transaction, the Manatee County Tax Collector's Office has created the Death Scenario Assistance Chart (taxcollector.jotform.com/221954883649977) - or scan the QR code to access the chart - to walk you through determining the requirements.
You may also refer to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' procedure, TL-18 (flhsmv.gov/pdf/proc/tl/tl-18.pdf), for details and instructions on processing your transaction. Exhibits and charts are located at the bottom of the procedure to assist with determining the requirements.
First Manatee South County Tag Agency – Extended Hours and Saturday Hours
The First Manatee South County Tag Agency processes registration and title transactions for vehicles, boats, and mobile homes, as well as parking permits. This office does not offer driver license, hunting & fishing, or property tax services.
It offers extended hours (9am – 6pm, Monday – Friday) and Saturday hours (9am – 2pm). Appointments are available, but are not required. Schedule an appointment at autotagagency.net. It is located in Southwood Shops at 5756 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207. Their phone number is 941.782.6050.
This office accepts cash, check, and debit. A 3.5% fee will be charged on all check transactions to guarantee funds and on all debit transactions as a processing fee. An additional $20 fast title fee applies to titles printed on-site.
The First Manatee South County Tag Agency is a privately owned office, operating under the authority granted by the Manatee County Tax Collector’s Office.
Non-Manatee County Residents
Not a Manatee County resident? Out-of-County residents can only be served at First Manatee South County Tag Agency. See the section above for more details regarding the First Manatee South County Tag Agency. Otherwise, you will need to visit your home county tax collector’s office.