Let’s just say you bought a car out of state to Florida. Of course, you need to lawfully title the car in your name for it to be legally operable. But first, make sure that the seller signs the title over to you. Now, how do you transfer an out of state title to Florida. Sometimes, the DMV website in Florida may be confusing, so in this post, I will help you go through this process.
How to Transfer an Out of State Title to Florida
To transfer your vehicle’s title from another state to Florida, follow these steps:
1. Prove You Own the Vehicle
You need to prove that you own the vehicle to transfer an out of state title to Florida. The screen shows some states where they give you the title right after you buy a vehicle, even if you’re still paying for it.
If your vehicle is from one of these states and you’re making payments, you should have the title. If you lost it, or it was stolen or destroyed, get a new one from the motor vehicle department in that state or ask the person or company you’re paying for a copy.
If your vehicle is from a different state, bring one of these: a registration or renewal notice from out of state (okay if it’s up to 6 months expired), a letter from the state’s DMV confirming you own the vehicle, a copy of the out-of-state title (ask the person or company you’re paying for a copy), or a letter or fax from the person or company you’re paying. If you’re leasing the vehicle, bring a copy of the lease and your current registration.
2. Bring Valid ID
Every vehicle owner needs to show up with one of these valid IDs: a state-issued driver’s license or ID card (including those from U.S. territories), any country’s passport, or a Canadian driver’s license or ID. If there’s more than one owner and one can’t be there, you might want to use a power of attorney form. You can find this form by clicking the link on the screen or in the video description.
Remember, if an owner isn’t there, you need to bring their valid ID and the power of attorney form with the original signatures. Just a heads up, the power of attorney must be original; no copies. Also, make sure all the IDs you bring are not expired. If the vehicle is for a business, show proof that it’s a registered business in active status. You can get this proof from the links provided, which are also found in the video description. If the person representing the business isn’t on the printout, they need a letter on company letterhead giving them permission to sign for the business.
3. Verify the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
You need to bring your vehicle to our office for VIN verification, weather permitting. If it’s more convenient or you can’t bring the vehicle, you can fill out a VIN verification form instead.
Get this form from the link on the screen or in the video description. Fill in Part A correctly. For Part B, a notary from Florida needs to verify the VIN. If you can’t find a notary, a Florida licensed dealer, any state’s law enforcement or military police officer, or a Florida compliance inspector can do it.
4. Bring Your Florida Car Insurance Proof (Needs to be a Florida Policy)
You need to show that you have car insurance from Florida. Make sure your insurance isn’t expired and that it has the name of the person who will be on the new title. If the car has more than one owner, the insurance should have at least one of their names for the new title. The insurance must include details about the car you’re titling, like the VIN, year, make, model, and the five-digit code number from the Florida insurance company, also known as the NAIC number.
5. Show Evidence of Sales Tax Payment (Only If Needed)
If you have had your vehicle for less than 6 months, you need to prove that you paid the sales tax. You can do this with a dealer invoice, a title, or a registration that clearly shows the sales tax paid. If you can’t show this, you’ll have to pay sales tax based on the car’s fair market value. You’ll reveal what you think is the car’s value, but remember, the Florida Department of Revenue might check if your value seems right.
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