Property

REAL ESTATE PROPERTY TAX



2022 Property Tax Bills are available online. Hard copies of the bills were mailed on Nov. 23. These notices reflect property values as of Jan. 1, 2022 when State law required them to be assessed and do not reflect the impacts of Hurricane Ian.

  • We understand that your property may not be in the condition it was in on January 1, 2022, when State law required it be assessed. The tax notice that you are receiving is based on that 2022 assessment and does not reflect the impact of Hurricane Ian.
  • By law, the Tax Collector is required to mail and collect property tax bills, however this year, accommodations have been made due to the storm.
  • If your property was destroyed, or rendered uninhabitable by the Hurricane, you will get an extension on both the tax deadline and the discount period under the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) 22-242. If you believe you are eligible, please contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at leepa.org or 239-533-6100.
  • If you do not qualify under the Governor's Executive Order, the Tax Collector has extended the 4% discount period through December 31, 2022, and property taxes are payable anytime between now and March 31, 2023.
  • If your home, storage building, commercial building or business assets were damaged in the storm, please notify the Property Appraiser. Reporting damage from the Hurricane is important for the January 1, 2023, assessment date.
  • Property owners whose property taxes are paid through an escrow account should contact their mortgage company for information about the company’s plan for remitting escrowed property tax payments.


Please remember that our property tax dollars go to help pay for many services, including fire and rescue, law enforcement protection, and infrastructure such as schools, roads, and utilities. Our taxing authorities' resources have been impacted as they have responded to needs and continue working towards recovery in the wake of Hurricane Ian.

How do I print my tax bill?

1. Visit the 2022 Property Tax page.
2. Enter your name, address or account number and select your listing.
3. Click "VIEW" to see your bill.
4. Select Print (PDF).

What are the 2022 Property Tax discounts?
Per Governor's Executive Order 22-242, if your property is completely destroyed or uninhabitable, your taxes are not due until May 31, 2023. Taxes paid in November, December or January will receive a 4% discount, February will be 3%, March will be 2%, and April will be 1%. Per the order, no discounts will be offered during the month of May.

If you do not fall under the Governor’s Executive Order
Taxes paid in November or December will receive a 4% discount, January will be 2% and February will be 1%. Taxes are due on March 31.

When the discount period on current taxes ends on a weekend or holiday, the discount is extended to the next business day.

TANGIBLE PROPERTY TAX

2022 Property Tax Bills are now available online with hard copies scheduled to be mailed on Nov. 23. These notices reflect property values as of Jan. 1, 2022 when State law required them to be assessed and do not reflect the impacts of Hurricane Ian.

If your storage building, commercial building, or business assets have suffered damage from the storm, please contact the Property Appraiser’s Office at 239-533-6100 or visit their website at leepa.org. Reporting damage from the Hurricane is important for the January 1, 2023, assessment date. 

Driver License

I lost my Florida driver license in the storm, what do I need to get replacement?
If your license or ID was Real ID Compliant, meaning it was issued after 2010 and had a gold star, please visit any of our service centers, no documents required, and we can issue a replacement.

I lost my out of state license in the storm, what do I need to get a Florida license?
If you had an out of state license, even if it was Real ID Compliant, you must bring the required documents into one of our service centers to obtain a Florida license. 

Vehicle

My car was destroyed in storm, will my registration be refunded?
Currently the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles does not issue refunds on portions of unused registration. However, you do have the ability to transfer your registration to a different vehicle if you choose to do so.

My car is a total loss; how do I surrender my license plate?
You may either bring the plate to any one of our service centers or mail it back to us. If you are dropping it off at a service center you do not need an appointment, simply come to the Customer Resource Desk. If you are mailing it, please fill out the Surrender License Plate form and enclose it with the plate. You can mail it to Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-1590.

How do I surrender a license plate that cannot be found?
If the plate has been lost or destroyed, the owner of the registered vehicle can fill out the Surrender License Plate form and check the box that certifies that the physical plate is not available for surrender. The document can be mailed to the Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-1590 or it can be emailed to: DocsCT@leetc.com

What documents are needed to get a duplicate title for my insurance company?
In order to obtain a duplicate title, please complete and submit the Duplicate Title Application and bring it to any tax collector's office along with a copy of valid identification for all titled owners. You may also mail the application to: Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-1590.

How can we remove a vehicle, motorcycle, trailer or ATV that does not belong to us, but is on our property?
You can report the titled property that does not belong to you by calling the Debris Cleanup Hotline at 850-961-2022 or submitting the information to IanDebrisCleanup.com. When reporting the property, you will need to provide the current location and a detailed description. If you cannot find your vehicle, motorcycle, trailer or ATV, you can report that too.

We released our totaled car to the insurance company which took it away with the license plates still attached. Is there anything we need to do about the registration and the plates?
Please fill out the Surrender License Plate form and check the box that certifies that the physical plate is not available for surrender. The document can be mailed to the Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-1590 or it can be emailed to: DocsCT@leetc.com

Both of our vehicles were destroyed in Hurricane Ian. We bought another vehicle. Do we need to come to your office to register the new car or is that done by the company from which we purchased it?
If the vehicle was purchased through a Florida Dealership, then the dealership would be responsible for the title transfer. If it was not, then yes, you would need to come into one of our service centers to register and title the vehicle.

My car is a total loss and has been claimed by the insurance company. My registration renewal is due in December. Do I still have to register it, or should I wait until I get a new vehicle?
You do not want to renew a registration on a car that you no longer have, please wait until you get a new vehicle.

My car titles were lost in the hurricane, and I have moved out of state because I can't live in my home. Can I order a duplicate title over the Internet and have it mailed to me?
If your title is stored electronically, you can request it be mailed to you through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles MyDMVPortal. The fee is $2.50 and your title will be mailed to you in approximately 7-10 days. If your title is not electronic, please complete and submit the Duplicate Title Application and bring it to any tax collector's office along with a copy of valid identification for all titled owners. You may also mail the application to: Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-1590 and the title will be mailed back to you.

My car has been declared a total loss. If I cancel the insurance on that car, can I keep the tags until I buy a replacement?
You can, but only if a replacement vehicle is acquired within 30 days and the license plate is transferred. 

 

Mobile Home

If your mobile home is insured:

If your mobile home was a total loss and you own the lot, contact your insurance carrier first, and then the Property Appraiser.

 If your mobile home was a total loss and you rent the lot, contact your insurance carrier first, and then contact our office.

 If any of the above agencies request your title and it has been lost or destroyed, all owners listed on the title can come to any Lee County Tax Collector service center with valid identification to obtain a replacement. Alternatively, you can submit the Duplicate Title Application along with copies of identification to: Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-1590.

Note: A double-wide mobile home requires two title applications, and a triple-wide home requires three.

 If your mobile home is uninsured:

If your mobile home was a total loss and you rent the lot, please visit one of our service centers with your title(s) or to obtain replacement(s) so we can mark the unit as junked.

If your mobile home was a total loss and you own the lot, contact the Property Appraiser’s Office first. Then, please visit one of our service centers with your title(s) or to obtain replacement(s) so we can mark the unit as junked. If your mobile home titles were previously retired, no further action is needed once you have contacted the Property Appraiser.

If your home is rebuildable, please contact our office after repairs have been made for additional steps that will need to be taken.

How can I help a friend or family member get a duplicate or replacement title for a car, boat, motorcycle, trailer, ATV or Mobile Home?
Your friend or family members needs to sign a limited Power of Attorney which will give you the ability to receive a copy of the title. Bring the Power of Attorney along with the Duplicate Title Application to any tax collector's office, along with a copy of valid identification for all titled owners. You may also mail the power of attorney and the application to: Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-1590. 

Vessel

How can we verify ownership of a vessel that washed up on our property?
If the vessel is in the water, please call Florida Fish and Wildlife at 850-488-5600. They will need the vessel’s registration number, current location, and a detailed description of the boat as well as where it washed up.

If the vessel is on land, you can report it by calling the Debris Cleanup Hotline at 850-961-2022 or submitting the information to IanDebrisCleanup.com. When reporting the vessel please provide the registration number, current location and a detailed description of the vessel. If you lost a vessel and are looking for it, you can report that too.

My boat was destroyed in storm; will my registration be refunded?
Currently the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles does not issue refunds on portions of unused registration. However, you do have the ability to transfer your registration to a different vessel if you choose to do so.

What documents are needed to get a duplicate title for my insurance company?
In order to obtain a duplicate title, please complete and submit the Duplicate Title Application and bring it to any tax collector's office along with a copy of valid identification for all titled owners. You may also mail the application to: Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, Florida 33902-1590.

Is it possible for someone in your office to email me a copy of my current registration? My insurance company is asking for it for our boat.
Unfortunately, we cannot email copies of current registrations. However, the Department of Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) offers the MyDVMVPortal where you can obtain a duplicate registration through the mail. While you're waiting, you can use the emailed confirmation receipt until the physical registration arrives. For more information, please visit the FLHSMV website

My boat was damaged in the storm. I gave the boat to someone who picked it up for free and signed the title over to them. Is there anything else I need to do?
Yes, please complete the Notice of Sale form [LB1] and return it to us.  You may mark $0 for the purchase price and email it to DocsCT@leetc.com or mail it to Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, FL 33902-1590.

My boat sustained damage during the storm, and I won’t be able to use it for the next year. What do I need to do about the registration?
Nothing needs to be done regarding the registration at this time. Any boat that is not used on the waterways is exempt from registration. When you get it back in working order you will need to update the registration. 

Business

I had to temporarily relocate my business due to the hurricane. Do I need to update my LBT receipt since this is a temporary move? 
Yes, even though it is temporary, you should update the address. You can do that online through this link: lee-county-taxes.com/btexpress. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Request a change to my account. Once you have moved back into your permanent location you can use the same link to change the address back. 

Miscellaneous

I cannot come to an office because of the hurricane and I need to renew my disabled person parking permit. I have my renewal application filled out by my physician. Can I mail it in?  
Yes, please mail it to Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, FL 33902-1590.

During the storm we lost our disabled person parking permit. What do we need to do to replace it?
If your permit is less than a year old, please visit one of our offices or call 239-533-6000 for assistance. If your permit is more than a year old, please have your doctor complete the Application for Disabled Person Parking Permit and mail it to Lee County Tax Collector, PO BOX 1590, Fort Myers, FL 33902-1590. You may also drop it off at any of our service centers.

How do I know if a company is licensed to do work?
You can verify a license through the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The agency also has important information about Hurricane Ian including homeowner resources, executive orders and what to look for when verifying a contractor’s state license.