As an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the tax collector is responsible for providing the necessary service and record keeping procedures used in processing vessel (boat) titles and registrations. All motorized vessels, commercial and private, must be registered, titled, and issued a decal before they can be used in Florida waters. The decal must be affixed to the port side of the boat.

Vessel registrations expire at midnight of the owner’s birthday. Registrations for vessels titled in a business name expire June 30.

Vessel registration fees are based on the length of the boat.

Renewal of vessel registrations can be accomplished in person at any tax collector’s office, by ECommerce, mail, or by telephone.

When using online or telephone renewals, you must have your PIN number (located on your renewal card above the amount due), then call 1-866-467-3639 or renew online. Internet and telephone transactions require a valid credit card. An additional convenience fee will be charged for these services.

Obtaining a Florida Vessel Title

The selling dealer for all new boats must complete the manufacturer’s statement of origin (MSO), when applicable. Proof of sales tax paid or proof of exemption must be provided, or sales tax must be collected.

To transfer a Florida title of a used vessel to the new owner, the Transfer by Seller andApplication by Purchaser sections on the title must be completed. If the vessel is purchased through a dealer, the dealer reassignment also must be completed. Sales tax will be collected, if applicable. In the event the title is lost, a duplicate title may be applied for usingForm HSMV 82101 form. When the vessel owner is not present, the owner can sign a Power of Attorney, Form HSMV 82053 form, to allow the purchaser or agent to act on his behalf.

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