How to Register a Vehicle
Read the following if you need directions on how to register your recently purchased vehicle. Go to a Florida DHSMV (Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles) office of your choice and bring the items listed below:
- Bill of Sale Agreement signed by both parties – in accordance with §319.23.
- A title that has been properly signed over to the new owner.
- Positive identification of the person registering the vehicle.
- Proof of an existing insurance policy.
- In the case that the vehicle is less than ten years of age and there is no room to note the odometer reading on the title, you will have to supply a DHSMV official with a Florida Odometer/Mileage Disclosure Form – Form HSMV 82042 (this also functions as a VIN Verification form which is needed if you are a new resident or purchased the vehicle out-of-state). This is enforced by law according to the Florida Statute §319.225.
- If it was an out-of-state purchase, you must complete a Florida Application for Certificate of Title With/Without Registration (Form HSMV 82040).
- Come prepared with the necessary methods of payment for any possible registration, titling, tax, or license plate fees.
How to Register a Vessel
Once a boat has been purchased or upon relocation to Florida with your boat, you have a total of 30 days to register the vessel. Make an appointment for an appearance or visit without one at your nearest local Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles facility with the following:
- The official Bill of Sale (Form HSMV 82050) notarized by an authorized agent or a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) if the Vessel is purchased new.
- A signed-over title with a completed Odometer Disclosure Statement (page 2 of the supplied bill of sale) if the vehicle is 10 years old or newer.
- A valid form of photo identification.
- First-time state registrations of a given watercraft will require a VIN inspection available from any are police precinct.
- Documentation of active boat insurance within the State of Florida.
- Monies for registration and tiling fees and taxes.
Once the registration is complete you will gather registration plates and stickers to make visible on your watercraft. Renewal of the registration will be required by the month of birth of the owner the following calendar year. If it is owned by a company the renewal will be due in the month of June. During the renewal period, you have the choice to select renewing for a one or two year period.
How to Write
Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF.
Step 2 – Notice of Sale or Bill of Sale – Check the Bill of Sale box which instructs you that the seller(s) and the purchaser(s) must complete sections 1, 2 (when applicable), & 3.
Step 3 – Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home, Off-Highway or Vessel Description – Here is where you will provide the specified information required. Fill out the necessary fields listed below:
- Body Type
- Certificate of Title Number
- Vehicle/Vessel Identification Number
Step 4 – Purchaser(s) Information – Supply the necessary information requested below:
- Print Name(s) of Purchaser(s)
- Zip Code
Step 5 – Transaction Info – List the following two details regarding the sale:
- Date of Sale
- Selling Price (in dollars)
Step 6 – Odometer Disclosure Statement (Required For a Motor Vehicle) – It is crucial that this section is carefully filled out as accurate as possible. Answer the following inquiries:
- Is the odometer reading 5 or 6 digits? (Check the box that applies to you.)
- Insert the reading into the spaces provided (do not include tenths).
- Insert the date into the available spaces (mm/dd/yyyy).
- Select the box that best describes your situation. Your options are: “Reflects the Actual Mileage”, “Is in Excess of its Mechanical Limits”, and/or “Is not the Actual Mileage”.
- This form provides an affidavit section that allows anyone participating in the contract to supply a written statement in regards to the odometer reading which can be used in court if need be.
Step 7 – Certification – This section is where the buyer(s) and seller(s) will finalize the contract and declare that they have read the foregoing document and that the facts stated in it are true under penalty of perjury. Seller(s) shall provide the following:
- Seller(s) Signature
- Seller(s) Printed Name
- Seller(s) Address
- Zip Code
and the purchaser(s):
- Purchaser(s) Signature
- Purchaser(s) Printed Name