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New Resident Information

What to update:
  • Driver License
  • Tag & Registration
How long you have left to do it:
As a new Florida resident, you must obtain a valid Florida driver license within 30 days of establishing residency to drive on Florida roads.  In addition, you must obtain insurance from a Florida insurance agent that is licensed to sell insurance in Florida to register your vehicles within 10 days of establishing residency.
Real Id Requirements:
Required Documentation
For a list of the required documentation, you will need to obtain a Florida driver license or Florida ID card, please visit
Driver License
Applications for driver licenses/ID cards must be made in person at any local office offering driver license services. When applying for a driver license, you will be required to pass a vision test, however you may be eligible to receive a license without taking a written knowledge or road skills test.
The fee for an initial Florida Class E license (including learner’s permit) is $48.00, a commercial driver license (Class A) license is $75.00, and endorsements are $7.00 each. The fee for an ID Card is $25.00. Most local Tax Collector offices also charge a $6.25 service fee. For a complete list of driver license fees, click here.
Title & Registrations
New Resident Requirements
New residents may apply for their auto tag, (or mobile home) registration and a Florida title at any one of the Tax Collector's locations. Since states have different requirements, come fully prepared with all documents showing proof of ownership. Make sure all owners listed on the title are present or bring an appointed power of attorney. Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and odometer reading must be recorded on form DHSMV 82042 which we can provide for you. Your Florida vehicle title is processed in Tallahassee and will be mailed to you or your lienholder by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Be prepared to submit proof of required insurance, the driver license number(s) of all required owners, and the color of the vehicle.
All motor vehicles being registered in Florida must have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verified. The Tax Collector's Office will perform this service at the time of registration. The VIN can also be verified by any law enforcement officer, a Florida notary public, or a Florida motor vehicle dealer.
Annual license taxes for the operation of motor vehicles, as defined by Florida Statutes, must be paid at the time of registration and renewal. All fees are subject to change by Legislative Act.
The first time a license plate is purchased for a motor vehicle in Florida, a $225.00 Initial Registration Fee may be imposed. This fee applies to private automobiles, motor homes and trucks weighing less than 5,000 pounds.
Out-of-State Titles
An out-of-state vehicle title must be submitted as proof of ownership and if transfer of ownership is involved, it must be properly assigned indicating the new owner's name and address. An application for Florida title (DHSMV Form 82040) must be completed and accompanied by verification of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and odometer reading. The owner(s) or purchaser(s) must sign this form or give power of attorney. Sales tax will be collected if applicable.
If the out-of-sate vehicle has an active lienholder and the title is unavailable, the lienholder’s complete mailing address will be required. The Duval County Tax Collector’s Office will complete the request on your behalf. Our office does provide the option of pre-payment to avoid a return to our office upon receipt of title from your lienholder.
Vessel Information
Application with a Florida Title
To transfer a Florida title of a used boat to the new owner, the "transfer of title by seller" section must be completed by seller(s) and purchaser(s). If the vessel is purchased through a dealer, the dealer reassignment also must be completed. Sales tax must be paid, or Form DR40 (sales tax exemption) must be provided at the time of application. Boat registration must be transferred at the time of title transfer.  Many times, the boat and trailer are sold together as a package deal. If this is the case, the previous trailer registration and bill of sale are required to be submitted to the department. All transfers of ownership must be completed within 30 days of the date the vehicle is assigned by the seller or a $10.00 fee is levied at the time of transfer.
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