How to Register a Car in Florida Without a Title

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In Florida, drivers may not register a vehicle for on-road use without the car's title. If you do not have a Florida vehicle title, you may request a duplicate title with a form provided by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). When a duplicate title is issued, you can register your vehicle. This form can also be used to obtain a title for a newly purchased vehicle, if the previous owner has lost the original title.

Things You'll Need

  • Social Security Number
  • Driver's license number
  • Credit card (if renewing registration online)
  • Use the Florida Go-Renew online electronic registration system (see Resources) to renew a vehicle's registration in Florida, if no address or ownership changes are needed. This will not require a title. Enter your Social Security number and driver's license number and pay registration fees with a credit card. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

  • Request a duplicate title if you do not have a title. A title is required for first-time vehicle registration in Florida. If either or both the title and registration are missing or lost, download and complete the "Application for Duplicate Title Certificate" from the DHSMV's website (see Resources). Submit the application to your local DHSMV office or by mail to:

    Division of Motor Vehicles
    2900 Apalachee Parkway
    MS# 72, Neil Kirkman Building
    Tallahassee, FL 32399

  • After receiving the duplicate title, visit your local DHSMV office to register the vehicle. Take your driver's license and Social Security card.

  • Register a vehicle that has a lien on its title by using the Florida Electronic Lien and Title System. Some lenders file electronic liens on vehicle titles when they loan money on the vehicle. This creates an electronic title for the vehicle, eliminating future need for paper title certificates. If there is an electronic lein on your title, the title will be accessible through the the Go-Renew system, and renewal can be done using the instructions in step 1.

Tips & Warnings

  • Titles can sometimes be expedited in Florida, and be received in as little as 10 days. Check with your local County Tax Collector to see if this service is offered in your county.
  • After purchasing a vehicle in Florida, the seller must file a HSMV 82050, Notice of Sale form. If this form is not filed, legal ownership of the vehicle has not been transferred and the purchaser will not be able to receive a title.

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