A certificate of title is the proof of ownership to a motor vehicle, mobile home or vessel in Florida.  Florida law requires most vehicles to be titled and registered.  The exceptions to titling are mopeds, motorized bicycles, and trailers weighing less than 2,000 pounds.

Original proof of ownership must be submitted when making application for Florida title and registration:

  •  MCO (Manufacturer’s Certificate of Ownership)
  •  Florida Certificate of Title
  •  Out-of-State/Out-of-Country Title
  •  Out-of-State/Out-of-Country Current Registration (if from a state/country that does not require a title)

Important Facts

When transferring ownership, all areas in the transfer section of the title must be completed by seller and purchaser at time of sale.
Completing Your Florida Title for Transfer

All proofs of ownership along with the title application documents must be fully completed with no alterations. Alterations or omissions of information will require additional documentation.

When a name will be removed or changed due to operation of law additional legal documents will be required.  These documents include but are not limited to marriage license, divorce decree, death certificate, will or court order.

If the lien holder is in possession of the title, a Request for Title Letter must be submitted to the lien holder. Complete lien information to include lien holder's name, address, FEIN and date of lien will be required when being added to the Florida title. The lien holder may also require additional documents to be completed and submitted.

Documentation submitted in a foreign language must be translated to English. The translation must include a certification that the translator has a fluent knowledge of English and the foreign language, that he/she translates documents as a normal course of business and that they have no interest in the motor vehicle, vessel or mobile home.

To make application by mail, complete an application for title and submit with all other required documentation and applicable fees.