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How Much is Car Registration in Florida

How Much is Car Registration in Florida

Registering a vehicle in Florida involves various fees and costs, depending on whether you’re registering a new car or renewing an existing registration.

As a former used car dealer, I handled more registrations than I can count, so I created this guide to take what the DMV makes confusing and simplify how much is a car registration in Florida.

Below, I will breakdown of the expenses associated with vehicle registration in Florida specifically, then explain the reasoning behind the pricing structure by listing the various fees..

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The Cost of Registering a New Car in Florida (Initial Registration)

When you go to register a car for the first time in Florida, the primary cost is the Initial Registration Fee of $225.

This one time fee applies when the owner does not have an existing license plate or registration record for a vehicle in their name.

In addition to the Initial Registration Fee, you’ll need to pay the following:

  • Title Transfer Fee: $77.25 for a new vehicle or $85.25 for a used vehicle
  • State Vehicle Sales Tax: 6% of the vehicle’s purchase price
  • Annual Registration Fee: Based on the vehicle’s weight, ranging from $14.50 to $32.50

The Annual Registration Fee is determined by the vehicle’s weight class:

Vehicle WeightAnnual Registration Fee
Up to 2,499 lbs$14.50
2,500 – 3,499 lbs$22.50
3,500 lbs or more$32.50
Determine your Florida registration fee by vehicle weight

The reasoning behind the weight-based fee structure is to account for the potential impact of heavier vehicles on Florida’s roads and infrastructure.

Renewing Vehicle Registration in Florida

For registration renewals, the costs are almost always lower than when you initially register a car.

The main fee is the Annual Registration Fee, which is the same as the fee for new registrations and is based on the vehicle’s weight class.

Florida allows you to renew your vehicle registration for one or two years, with a slight discount for the second year.

Additional fees that may apply during renewal include:

  • Delinquent Fee: If you renew your registration after the expiration date, a delinquent fee ranging from $5 to $250 will be charged, depending on the license tax amount.
  • Specialty or Personalized Plate Fees: If you have a specialty or personalized license plate, additional fees may apply.

Renewal fees are to cover the administrative costs associated with processing and maintaining vehicle registration records.

The Process for Online Renewal

Florida offers the convenience of online vehicle registration renewal through various platforms, such as and the MyFlorida mobile app.

Online renewal is a quick and convenient option, but it may not work for everyone.

When You Can’t Renew Online:

  • Complex cases that require additional documentation or verification may need to be handled in person.
  • Certain registrants, such as disabled veterans, non-resident military personnel, or those with specialty plates, may need to provide additional proof to renew online.

If you encounter any issues or have specific requirements, it’s recommended to visit a local service center for in-person assistance.

When Vehicle Registration Expires in Florida

In Florida, vehicle registrations expire at midnight on the owner’s birthday, except for mobile homes and commercial vehicles, which have different expiration dates.

It’s important to renew your registration before the expiration date to avoid delinquent fees and potential penalties.

Is Vehicle Registration Tax Deductible in Florida?

In Florida, the portion of the registration fee that is based on the vehicle’s value may be tax-deductible. However, fees based on weight, model, year, or horsepower are not deductible.

To claim the deductible portion of your registration fee, you’ll need to itemize your deductions on your federal income tax return using Schedule A.

The deductible amount should be reported as a state or local personal property tax.

*Consult a tax professional before filing.

Can Someone Else Renew Your Vehicle Registration?

Yes, in Florida someone else can renew your registration on your behalf.

However, they will need to provide the renewal paperwork or a copy of your old registration, as well as proof of insurance if required.

Why You Need Vehicle Registration in Florida

Vehicle registration is mandatory in Florida to operate a vehicle legally on public roads.

It serves as proof that you’ve paid the required taxes and fees, and it helps the state maintain records of vehicle ownership and compliance with safety and emissions standards.

Veterans’ Cost of Vehicle Registration in Florida

Active-duty military members stationed in Florida but maintaining residency outside the state are eligible for special non-resident military registration rates.

To qualify, you must provide a copy of your military orders or a current leave and earning statement.

Florida also offers military license plates for veterans and active-duty personnel, which may have additional fees associated with them.

My Final Thoughts

I hope I was able to share a little bit of my expertise on this process with you, but if I left anything out, please feel free to comment below, and I’ll reply with the best help I can offer.

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Steve, a seasoned expert in the automotive industry, formerly held a car dealer license in Florida. With extensive experience spanning across car trading and mechanical work, he founded Autohitch. His mission? To guide both buyers and sellers through the intricate maze of car purchasing, ensuring a seamless and informed experience. Outside of the automotive world, Steve has a passion for fishing and capturing the beauty of nature through photography.


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