VEHICLE TITLES AND REGISTRATIONS

 

Any time the ownership of a motor vehicle (including mobile home and vessels) changes, you must apply for a title and registration in your name. Please read through the options below and select the one, or ones, that best fit your needs.  

If you purchased an vehicle (new or used) from a Florida dealership, the dealer is required by law to process the application for title. 

If you purchased a new vehicle from an out-of-state dealership, an application for title may be processed by mail, at a Tax Collector’s Service Center or our partner Tag Agency. Find the location most convenient for you. If you want to complete an application by mail for a vehicle being title for the first time, please use this address:  Lee County Tax Collector, PO Box 1590, Fort Myers, FL 33902-1590.

The following items are needed in addition to the completed application for title

  • A Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) 
  • Each applicant must sign the application for the title (this is done at the office if application is in person) 
  • Proof of identity (one of the following) must be provided and legible: 
    • Copy of your valid Driver License or ID Card issued by Florida or another state (this includes any U.S. territory) 
    • Copy of your valid passport or passport card 
    • Copy of your valid Canadian Driver License or ID Card
  • A bill of sale or invoice listing the purchase price, sales tax paid, and any trade-in allowance (please note, additional sales tax may be due) 
  • A Federal odometer disclosure statement
  • Any applicable lien holder information 
  • Initial registration and license plate fees or transfer of current license plate.

Find the estimated fees associated with this type of service. 

 

If you own a vehicle from out-of-state or purchased a vehicle from out-of-state, vehicle owners are required to provide the following items: 

  • The out-of-state title certificate assigned to you 
  • Each applicant must sign the application for the title (this is done at the office if application is in person) 
  • If your title is being held by your lienholder or your vehicle is leased, please complete and submit a Request for Title Letter to your lienholder/lessor requesting your title be released to the Lee County Tax Collector’s office. Once our office receives the original title, we will mail a letter directing you to visit your selected service center for processing.
  • Proof of identity (one of the following) must be provided and legible:
    • Copy of your valid Driver License or ID Card issued by Florida or another state (this includes any U.S. territory) 
    • Copy of your valid passport or passport card 
    • Copy of your valid Canadian Driver License or ID Card
  • A properly completed VIN Verification
  • Florida Sales Tax may be due if the vehicle was purchased less than six months prior to bringing the vehicle to Florida (proof of any sales tax paid to another state will be required, also the full 6% Florida Sales Tax and any applicable local option tax is due on all vehicles imported from foreign countries) 

If seeking to complete the title application of an out-of-state vehicle by mail, please send to Lee County Tax Collector, PO Box 1590, Fort Myers, FL 33902-1590, visit a Tax Collector’s Service Center or our partner Tag Agency. Find the location most convenient for you.

If you are transferring ownership of an vehicle in Florida, vehicle owners must bring the following items to a Tax Collector’s Service Center or our partner Tag Agency. Find the location most convenient for you.

  • The Florida title properly completed by the seller, including the odometer reading
  • The Florida title properly completed by each purchaser/applicant 
  • Each applicant must sign the application for the title (this is done at the office if application is in person) 
  • Proof of identity (one of the following) must be provided and legible:
    • Copy of your valid Driver License or ID Card issued by Florida or another state (this includes any U.S. territory) 
    • Copy of your valid passport or passport card 
    • Copy of your valid Canadian Driver License or ID Card
  • Initial registration and license plate fees or transfer of current license plate.
 

Find the estimated fees associated with this type of service. 

Electronic and Paper Titles 

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has a system to electronically hold titles for vehicle owners. You can have a title printed and mailed to you by using the MyDMV Portal.  It will cost $2.50 and take 7-10 business days to arrive. 

If you need a paper title before that, please visit a Tax Collector’s Service Center or our partner Tag Agency. Find the location most convenient for you. The cost for a same day printed title is $10 in our office. 

Registrations – New or Renewal 

Initial registration and license plate fees are charged for new or additional vehicles for Florida drivers. Generally, vehicles registered to an individual will expire on their birthday.

Vehicle registrations must be renewed on or before the designated expiration date. 

When registering a vehicle, you will need proof of current Florida vehicle insurance, including the insurance company’s name, policy number, and the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the insured vehicle.  

Online Registration Renewal

(Not available for commercial trucks weighing 26,001 lbs. or more.) 

If you renew online by 10 a.m. on a business day, you may select to pick-up your order the same day at the Service Center location of your choosing or have it mailed to you.

You may also renew your registration by: 

Check your mail! As a courtesy, the Lee County Tax Collector’s Office mails renewal notices to Florida registered vehicle owners approximately three weeks prior to the vehicle owner’s birth month (or month in which the renewal is due). Be on the lookout for the notice which has information to help you renew your registration quickly and easily. 

Registration notice can be returned for renewal by mail in the envelope provided.

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