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How to Get a Title for a Motorcycle in Florida

How to Get a Title for a Motorcycle in Florida

Everyone is used to getting a car title, but finding helpful information about how to get a title for a motorcycle in Florida is a harder topic.

I created this guide to get you through the entire process so that you have all the information you need to obtain your motorcycle title without any hassles (Which is hard to do at the DMV).

If You Lost Your Motorcycle Title (Duplicate Title)

You can request a duplicate paper title or have an electronic title printed and mailed to you through the FLHSMV’s online Virtual Office. However, this option is only available if you already have a title issued in Florida.


To get a title for your motorcycle in Florida, you’ll need to:

  1. Gather the required documents
  2. Complete the application for a certificate of title
  3. Get the vehicle identification number (VIN) verified
  4. Submit the application and documents to your local tax collector’s office
  5. Pay the applicable fees

Step 1: Gather the Required Documents

Before you begin the process, make sure you have the following documents ready:

  • Original Title: If you purchased the motorcycle from a private seller, you’ll need the original title signed over to you by the previous owner.
  • Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO): If you bought the motorcycle from a dealer, you’ll need the MCO instead of a title.
  • Bill of Sale: This document serves as proof of purchase and should include the purchase price, date of sale, and details of the motorcycle.
  • Proof of Identity: You’ll need to provide a valid driver’s license or state-issued ID card.
  • Proof of Florida Insurance: You must have valid insurance coverage for the motorcycle in Florida.

Step 2: Complete the Application for a Certificate of Title

Next, you’ll need to complete the “Application for Certificate of Title With/Without Registration” (Form HSMV 82040). This form is available at your local tax collector’s office or can be downloaded from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) website.

Make sure to fill out the form accurately and completely, including:

  • Your personal information (name, address, date of birth)
  • Details about the motorcycle (make, model, year, VIN)
  • Information about any lienholders (if applicable)

Step 3: Get the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Verified

Only Applies To Out of State Transfers:

Florida requires that the VIN of any motorcycle purchased from outside the state be verified. This can be done by:

  • A law enforcement officer
  • A Florida-licensed dealer
  • A compliance examiner from the FLHSMV

You’ll need to complete the “Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification” (Form HSMV 82042) and have the VIN verified by one of the authorized parties mentioned above.

Step 4: Submit the Application and Documents

Once you have all the required documents and the VIN verification, you can submit your application to your local tax collector’s office. Some offices may allow you to make an appointment, which can save you time and avoid long wait times.

Find a Location to Submit Your Application:

Step 5: Pay the Applicable Fees

When you submit your application, you’ll need to pay the applicable fees, which may include:

  • Title fee (typically around $75-$85)
  • Registration fee (if registering the motorcycle at the same time)
  • Any applicable sales tax or use tax

The exact fees may vary depending on your county, so it’s best to check with your local tax collector’s office for the most up-to-date information.

Additional Tips For Florida Motorcycle Titles

  • If you’re transferring an out-of-state title, make sure you have owned the motorcycle for at least six months. If not, you may need to provide proof of sales tax paid in the previous state.
  • If there is a lienholder on the title, they may need to complete part of the application or provide additional documentation.
  • Keep all your documents organized and make copies for your records.
  • Be prepared to provide additional information or documentation if requested by the tax collector’s office.

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Steve Momot - Author

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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