Transfer Tag to Another Vehicle

Can I transfer my tag to another vehicle?

You can transfer or exchange a  tag when the replacement vehicle is registered in the same owner's name, in the name of at least one of the previous owners of the license plate, or in the surviving spouses name. If you purchase a vehicle from a dealership in Florida, that dealership will handle the transaction for you.  If you purchase a vehicle from a private sale or out of state dealership, you will be responsible for going to your local Florida tax collector's office and transferring the tag and paying the applicable fees.

The seller of a vehicle should keep the tag so it can be transferred or exchanged for a replacement tag. If you are not purchasing another vehicle, a refund is not permitted per section 320.15, Florida Statutes. Credit is allowed towards the purchase of another tag only during the remainder of the registration period. If the seller does not transfer the tag to another vehicle, they should cancel the insurance and surrender the tag to avoid a driver’s license suspension.

I’m within 90 days of renewing my license plate, but I want to trade in this vehicle and transfer the license plate.  What do I have to do?

If you’re trading in with a Florida motor vehicle dealership, they will handle the transfer of the license plate for you.  You will be responsible for renewing it before the expiration date.

If you’re buying a car from an individual, go to your Florida tax collector’s office to transfer title and registration.  They will offer you the option to either just transfer it now, or transfer it and renew the tag for another year.


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