Ownership does not change until the buyer transfers the title into their name.
If the vehicle being sold has a valid license plate but it is not being transferred to a different vehicle—the plate should be turned into to the tax collector’s office. This can protect your driver license from suspension when the insurance on the sold vehicle has been cancelled.
A Florida license plate may be surrendered/cancelled by submitting a completed Surrender License Plate form. See options for submitting the form below.
If the person completing the form does not have a valid Florida-issued license or identification card, a copy of their valid, government-issued identification must be provided.
If the physical license plate has been lost or destroyed, check the appropriate box on the Surrender License Plate.
If the physical license plate has been stolen, check the appropriate box on the form before mailing or dropping off the form and attach a copy of the police report, if applicable. It is the responsibility of the owner(s) to report a stolen license plate to law enforcement.