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Vessel Titles

To issue a Florida Certificate of Title for a new or used vessel purchased in or outside of Florida, the owner of the vessel or their appointed Power of Attorney (POA) Form 82053*, must bring the following documents into the Tax Collector’s Office:

  1. Proof of Identification:
    1. A Florida driver license or identification card.
    2. An out of state driver license or identification card or passport.
    3. A US passport.
    4. A Canadian driver license, identification card or passport.
    5. A driver license or identification card from any U.S. territory (American Samoa, Marianas, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands).
    6. An out of country passport.

  2. Proof of ownership:
    1. MCO (Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin) – initial ownership documentation on a new vessel
    2. Out of state title on a used vessel. If the vessel was not required to be titled, then proof of ownership is a dealer’s bill of sale or the original registration from that state and a bill of sale from the seller to the purchaser.

  3. A Bill of Sale showing the purchase price, trade in allowance and sales tax paid is needed. Payment of sales tax is due at the time of application unless there is a reason for sales tax exemption. Leon County collects 6% sales tax on the total price and an additional 1.5% on the first $5,000.

  4. Title Fees:
    1. Original New Vessel Title Fee - $5.75
    2. Original Used Out of State Vessel - $9.75
    3. Lien Fee for a Vessel - $1.00
    4. Penalty Fee - $10.00 - is assessed on a title not transferred within 30 days of the date of purchase
    5. Fast Title Fee for a Vessel - $5.00
    6. To print and mail a paper vessel duplicate title - $9.00
    7. To print a duplicate vessel title - $11.50

    8. Shipping and Handling Fee - $2.50 - for each paper title printed and mailed

Note: By clicking the Pay Registration Fee button below, you will be redirected to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website to complete your transaction.

* You will be redirected to outside agency website.

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