How to register a vehicle in

Florida

as a non-US resident

Florida

at a glance

Major cities
Miami
Orlando
Major ports of arrival
Miami International Airport (MIA)
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Registration challenges
In-state address required
In-state driver's license required
Average sales tax rate
7.08%

State Overview and Advice

In order to register a vehicle in Florida, you need a Florida driver's license and a Florida address.

Getting a Florida driver's license is not an easy process. We recommend starting your visit in another state, or using visitor.us' services  to register a vehicle that you buy in Florida.

The Registration Process

Florida vehicle registrations are handled by Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FHSMV).

If you buy your vehicle from a dealer the dealer will issue you a 30-day temporary tag. If you plan to register your vehicle in Florida, the dealer will apply for your title and registration on your behalf.

If you buy your vehicle from a private party and plan to register it in Florida, bring the required items (below) to a FHSMV office to register your vehicle.

For vehicles being registered in Florida, Florida sales taxes are payable to the dealer upon sale, or FHSMV upon registration (if purchased from a private party).

Taxes and Fees

Sales Tax

State sales tax

6.00%

Average local sales tax

1.08%

Average combined sales tax

7.08%

Registration fees

Light Vehicle

Fees: $107.85

Initial Florida Registration Fee: $225

Weight-Based Registration Fees: $28.10 - $46.10

RV

Fees: $132.45

Motorcycle

Fees: $132.45

$15,000 car

$1,062

$50,000 RV

$3,540

$5,000 motorcycle

$354

Total taxes and fees

Registration Requirements

Prior owner's title

The vehicle's title must be signed by the owner(s) printed on the title, its odometer reading recorded (if less than 10 years in age), and be free of all liens in order for the prior owner's interest to be released.

Identification

A Florida driver's license is required to register a vehicle in Florida.

Bill of sale

A bill of sale is not required to register a vehicle in Florida, although signing one with the vehicle's seller is recommended.

Application

HSMV 82040 - Application for Certificate of Title with/without Registration

Inspection

Emissions (smog)

Emissions inspections are not required in Florida.

Safety

Safety inspections are not required in Florida.

VIN

When registering a vehicle with a non-Florida title, a VIN verification and odometer reading must be performed by a law enforcement officer, a DMV employee, or a licensed Florida auto dealer.

Insurance

Florida's minimum liability insurance limits are 10/20/10.

Residency

Florida does not require proof of residency to register a vehicle.

Local Address

Vehicles registered in Florida must be registered to a Florida address.

The Alternative

When you sign up with visitor.us, this is what you get:

Company Formation

visitor.us forms a Limited Liability Company for you in Montana, the best state for international visitors to register vehicles.

Vehicle Purchase

Complete paperwork and funds transfer with the seller.
The seller will list your LLC and its address as the buyer on the vehicle's title, and visitor.us will arrange for it to be couriered to us for processing.

Insurance

Insurance from a top-rated insurance company that covers you, your vehicle, and your LLC.

Vehicle Registration

You buy a vehicle, we register it in MT. Why?
- MT sales tax: 0%
- Inspections not required in MT

Annual Actions

visitor.us will keep your registration current, and courier your annual decal and registration document to you ('hold at courier location for pick-up' available, if you're on the move).
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