Motorists

Vehicle Titles

Florida vehicle titles now can be issued by the Escambia County Tax Collector’s office at the time of the transaction for an additional fee of $10.00, or you may have the title returned to your address within three to four weeks by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee for an additional fee of $2.50. Titles issued by the tax collector may be issued only to the vehicle owner (if no lien exists) or to the dealer or lienholder upon presentation of a letter of authorization.

To transfer a Florida title, the seller must complete the transfer information on the current title, including the purchaser’s name, selling price, and odometer reading at the time of sale. The purchaser then completes Form DSHMV-82040 to make application for title and signs the face of the title in the “transfer of title” section of the title. In the case of a lost title, a duplicate title can be applied for using Form HSMV-82101. A duplicate or lost title may be applied for when the vehicle owner is not present, provided the vehicle owner signs a Power of Attorney, Form HSMV-82053. A Bill of Sale may be submitted for proof of purchase price. Sales tax will be collected, if applicable. All transfers of ownership must be completed within 30 days of the date the vehicle is assigned by the seller, or a $20.00 fee is levied at the time of transfer.

New Vehicle Titles

All new vehicles are required to have a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO), which must be properly completed by a licensed dealer for transfer to the buyer. To obtain a Florida title, the MCO must be filled out completely and attached to the title application, Form HSMV-82040. The information must include the owner’s complete name and Florida address, date of birth, sex, driver license number, a complete description of the vehicle, and any lien to be recorded. Sales tax will be collected, if applicable. Proof of Florida insurance is required for registering the vehicle.

Out-of-State Titles

An out-of-state title must be submitted as proof of ownership, and if transfer of ownership is involved, it must be properly assigned, indicating the new owner’s name and address, odometer reading, and selling price. An Application for Florida Title must be completed and accompanied by a verification of the vehicle identification number (VIN) and odometer reading on Form HSMV-82040. This form may be signed by any law enforcement officer, Florida notary, or Florida motor vehicle dealer. The owner(s) or purchaser(s) must sign this form or give power of attorney. Sales tax will be collected, if applicable.

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