Florida uses a metal license plate with an alpha numeric system, meaning there are combinations of letters and numbers used for identification. The license plate is displayed on the rear of the vehicle with the exception of certain commercial vehicles. The plate is issued to the owner for ten years. The owner will receive a new plate (with new numbers and letters) during the tenth year.
Vehicles are registered on a staggered basis according to the registered owner's birth month. The registration expires at midnight on the owner's birthday. The exceptions to this are company owned and short term lease vehicles, which expire in June. Long term lease vehicles are staggered throughout the calendar year, and truck-tractors, semi-trailers, and trucks weighing over 5,000 pounds are renewed in December. Vehicles with the capacity for nine or more passengers and used for hire as well as mobile homes are also renewed in December. All vehicles are licensed according to weight. Travel trailers and mobile homes are licensed according to length.
Two year renewals are now available.
Renew Registration by Mail, Phone, or Online
License plates can be renewed by mail, and returned to the owner.
You must have:
1. Renewal notice with PIN
2. Credit Card
3. Pen & Paper
Proof of Insurance
Proof of insurance (binder, policy, or card) from a certified Florida agent or broker is required to purchase and renew a license plate in Florida. The vehicle owner must present to the Tax Collector documentation of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) in the amount of at least $10,000 combined bodily injury liability and property damage liability insurance in the amount of $10,000. Motorcycles, mobile homes and trailers are exempt from the insurance requirement.
Vehicle Registration Prices
Annual license taxes, for the operation of motor vehicles is defined by Florida Statutes, and must be paid at the time of registration and renewal. All fees are subject to change by Legislative Act. *Please note vehicles with license plates transfered between weight classes may be subject to initial registration fees.
|Classification||Net Weight||1 Yr Registration||2 Yr Registration|
|1 Automobile||thru 2499||$28.10||$56.20|
|2 Automobile||2500 - 3499||$36.10||$72.20|
|3 Automobile||3500 and up||$46.10||$92.20|
|1 Truck||thru 1999||$28.10||$56.20|
|2 Truck||2000 - 3000||$36.10||$72.20|
|3 Truck||3001 - 5000||$46.10||$92.20|
Initial Registration Fee
The initial application for registration of a motor vehicle is $225.00. This fee applies to private automobiles, motor homes and trucks weighing less than 5,000 pounds. There are exemptions to this fee, including, but not limited to the following:
- Transfer of a license plate from a motor vehicle that has been disposed or is currently not in operable condition to a newly acquired motor vehicle
- Registration renewal
- Transfer of title between co-owners