Refunds for License Plates, Decals or Initial Registration Fees

How can I get a refund for my license plate, decal or initial registration fees?

Some states pro-rate registration fees, but Florida law does not.  When you pay for a registration period, the full amount is owed whether you use it for just a short period or the entire year.  Therefore Florida does not provide any refunds for unused portions of registration.


If you surrender the plate/registration before the effective date of the registration, you are entitled to a refund. If you surrender it after the effective date of the registration, you will not receive a refund. Note: If you acquire another vehicle before the expiration date of the surrendered plate, you may replace the plate and transfer it to the newly acquired vehicle.

There are a few exceptions that allow a refund.

The license tax paid on a motor vehicle, vessel, or mobile home may be refunded only if one of the following circumstances applies:

1. The license plate or vessel/mobile home decal has been surrendered to the tax collector, license plate agency, or the department prior to the effective date of registration.

Example: The registrant’s birthday is 10-15-12. The registrant renews the registration early during the advance renewal period on 08-01-12.
The registrant surrenders the license plate on 10-05-12, prior to the end of the renewal period, which is midnight on the registrant’s birthday. In this instance, the registrant would be due a refund less any applicable service fees.

NOTE: In the above example, if the owner renewed the vehicle for a two-year period, the full two year fees, less any applicable service fees, would be refunded.

2. Two registrations were issued on the same motor vehicle, mobile home, or vessel during the same registration period.

Example: A mobile home decal was purchased on 12-31-11 for the registration year ending 2012. The mobile home was reclassified as Real Property and a Real Property (RP) decal was purchased on 3-08-12 indicating that the mobile home is being taxed as Real Property for the calendar year 2012. The registrant would be due a full refund on the Mobile Home (MH) decal, less any applicable service fees.
NOTE: If a motor vehicle is traded into a dealership and the dealer requests a new license plate be issued rather than transferring the license plate from the old motor vehicle, the owner must surrender the new license plate along with an accurately completed form HSMV 83363. Our records must be updated to reflect the previous license plate on the newly acquired motor vehicle.

3. A refund of the Initial Registration Fee may be granted to the owner of a motor vehicle who, within 3 months of paying the fee, sells, transfers, or otherwise disposes of a motor vehicle registered in their name.

Example: The Initial Registration Fee was paid on 07-12-12, but the motor vehicle was sold on 08-15-12.

4. An error was made when the registration transaction was originally processed causing incorrect fees to be charged or an incorrect motor vehicle to be renewed.


When applying for a refund of registration fees, the following is required:

1. Form HSMV 83363, Application for License Plate/Vessel Registration or Decal Refund, properly completed and submitted to:

Bureau of Accounting
Refund Section, MS# 63
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0624

2. The license plate and/or decal and registration must be submitted with the application. If the license plate and/or decal and registration have been surrendered to a tax collector’s office or license plate agency, proof of this must be submitted.


When applying for a refund of the Initial Registration Fee, the following is required:

1. Form HSMV 83363, Application for License Plate/Vessel Registration or Decal Refund properly completed and submitted to:

Bureau of Accounting
Refund Section, MS# 63
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0624

2. A copy of the motor vehicle registration or MVR Report indicating the Initial Registration Fee was paid.

3. A bill of sale or a copy of the front and back of title indicating the motor vehicle has been transferred. The bill of sale must contain a complete description of the motor vehicle to include the vehicle identification number, year, make, color, selling price, and signatures of the seller and purchaser.

4. The license plate and registration of the vehicle being disposed of must be submitted with the application. If the license plate and registration have been surrendered to a tax collector’s office or license plate agency, proof of this must be submitted.

You can find a list of Tax Collector offices on our website.

For more information, please visit our Motor Vehicle Procedure Manual.

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