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VESSEL TITLES AND REGISTRATIONS

 

Any time the ownership of a vessel (including mobile home and vehicles) 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 have a vessel that you purchased from a Florida vessel dealer, the dealer usually processes the certificate of title. 

If you have a new vessel purchased from an out-of-state vessel dealer you can have it titled at one of our service centers, or our partner tag agency

If you have a vessel that you purchased from a Florida vessel dealer, the dealer usually processes the certificate of title. 

The following items are needed in addition to a completed Application for Certificate of 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) 
  • 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) 
  • Any applicable lien holder information 

Find the estimated fees associated with this type of service. 

When registering a vessel that was previously titled out-of-state, a Certificate of Title Application may be completed and submitted at one of the Tax Collector’s Service Centers or our partner Tag Agency.

The following items are also required:

  • The out-of-state registration certificate in your name or assigned to you 
  • Each applicant must sign the application at the time of transfer 
  • Florida Sales Tax may be due if the vessel was purchased less than 6 months prior to bringing the vessel 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 vessels imported from foreign countries) 
  • Any applicable lienholder information 

NOTE: Antique vessels (30 years or older) with current proof of ownership from another state or country (and not currently documented with the USCG) must have a HIN inspection conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) prior to applying for Florida title/registration.

When transferring ownership of a vessel already titled in Florida, you must bring the following items to one of the Tax Collector’s Service Centers or our partner Tag Agency: 

  • The Florida title properly completed by the seller 
  • The Florida title properly completed by each purchaser/applicant
  • Each applicant must sign the application for the title (this is done at the time of transfer) 
  • 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
Note: The Application for Title form (HSMV 82040) is made available through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 

Vessel Registrations

Registration fees are based on the length or use of the vessel. Vessel registrations may be obtained at one of the Lee County Tax Collector’s Service Centers or at our partner Tag Agency. 

Registration Renewal 

Florida law requires vessel registrations to be current if operated, used or stored in the water. Florida vessel registrations expire as follows: 

  • For vessels owned by individuals, the expiration date is the birthday of the first owner listed on the registration.
  • For company-owned vessels, the expiration date is June 30.

 Vessel registrations may be renewed at one of our service centers, through our partner Tag Agency.

Check your mail!  As a courtesy, the Lee County Tax Collector’s Office mails renewal notices to Florida vessel owners approximately three weeks prior to the 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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