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Florida Registration and Title FAQ and Documents

FAQ
Florida Registration and Title Information
Summary of boat registration and titling rules in Florida
How do you register a boat in Florida?
In Florida, you can register your boat in person in one of the 300 plus offices located throughout Florida or by mail.
Where do you register your boat in Florida?
In Florida, you register your boat at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
What boats are required to be registered in Florida?
The following boats are required to be registered in Florida: All vessels operated, used, or stored on the waters of Florida unless specifically exempted.
What boats do not require registration in Florida?
The following boats are not required to be registered in Florida: (a) A vessel operated, used, and stored exclusively on private lakes and ponds; (b) A vessel owned by the United States Government; (c) A vessel used exclusively as a ship's lifeboat; or (d) A non-motor-powered vessel less than 16 feet in length or a non-motor-powered canoe, kayak, racing shell, or rowing scull, regardless of length.
Are USCG documented boats required to be registered in Florida?
USCG documented boats are required to be registered in Florida
How much does it cost to register a boat in Florida?
To register a boat in Florida, the fees are as follows: • Less than 12 feet - $5.50 • 12 to less than 16 feet - $16.25 • 16 to less than 26 feet - $28.75 • 26 to less than 40 feet - $78.25 • 40 to less than 65 feet - $127.75 • 65 to less than 110 feet - $152.75 • 110 or more in length - $189.75
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat registration in Florida?
A duplicate boat registration in Florida costs $2.25 plus a $2.25 service fee
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat decal in Florida?
A duplicate boat decal in Florida costs $2.25 plus a $2.25 service fee
How much does it cost to transfer a boat registration in Florida?
Transfering a boat registration in Florida will cost you $3.25 plus a $2.25 service fee
Does Florida title boats?
Boats are titled in Florida
Where do you title your boat in Florida?
In Florida, boats are titled through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
What boats are required to be titled in Florida?
All vessels that are operated, used, or stored on the waters of Florida unless it is specifically exempt are required to be titled in Florida
What boats do not require a title in Florida?
The following boats do not require a title in Florida: (a) A vessel operated, used, or stored exclusively on private lakes and ponds; (b) A vessel owned by the United States Government; (c) A non-motor-powered vessel less than 16 feet in length; (d) A federally documented vessel; (e) A vessel already covered by a registration number in full force and effect which was awarded to it pursuant to a federally approved numbering system of another state or by the United States Coast Guard in a state without a federally approved numbering system, if the vessel is not located in this state for a period in excess of 90 consecutive days; (f) A vessel from a country other than the United States temporarily used, operated, or stored on the waters of this state for a period that is not in excess of 90 days; (g) An amphibious vessel for which a vehicle title is issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; (h) A vessel used solely for demonstration, testing, or sales promotional purposes by the manufacturer or dealer; or (i) A vessel owned and operated by the state or a political subdivision thereof.
How much does it cost to title a boat in Florida?
The following fees apply to boat titling in Florida: • $5.25 titling fee (for electronic title) or $7.75 (for paper title) or $11 (expedited (fast) title). • Additional fee of $1 to record each existing lien. • Additional titling fee of $4 is required for vessels previously registered outside of the state of Florida.
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat title in Florida?
A duplicate boat title in Florida costs $6.00, $8.50 or $11.00 depending on electronic, paper, or fast title.
How much does it cost to transfer a boat title in Florida?
To transfer a boat title in Florida, the fees are as follows: $5.25, $7.75 or $10.25 depending on electronic, paper or fast title.
How much does it cost to record a lien on a boat in Florida?
Recording a lien in Florida will cost you $6.25, $8.75, or $11.25 depending on electronic, paper or fast title.
Does Florida require boat inspections?
Homemade vessels over 16 feet require inspections in Florida.
What is the sales tax rate for boats in Florida?
Sales tax rates on boats in Florida include the following: 6% state rate and counties may have an additional discretionary tax ranging from .5% to 2%. Discretionary sales tax only applies to the first $5,000 of the sales price.
What is the sales tax cap for boats in Florida?
In Florida, the sales tax cap is 6%
Does Florida have an annual tax on boats?
Florida does not have an annual tax on boats.
Helpful Links for Florida:
Vessel Titling and Registrations - Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

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