VIN VERIFICATIONS


When applying for a title on a motor vehicle previously titled or registered in another state or country, the VIN on the actual motor vehicle must be checked to ensure that the vehicle is the same as the one described on the proof of ownership. Verification performed at any of our six locations will be subject to weather conditions as a matter of safety for our staff and customers.

Motor Vehicles Previously Titled/Registered Out-of-State

VIN verification for vehicles previously titled out-of-state requires a physical inspection of the VIN by one of the officials listed below, who must sign Part B of the VIN verification form:

  • Tax Collector Employee (service may not be available during severe weather conditions)
  • Florida Notary
  • Florida DMV Compliance Examiner/Inspector
  • Florida-licensed Motor Vehicle Dealer
  • Law Enforcement Officer from any State (local Lee County law enforcement agencies currently unable to provide this service)
  • Provost Marshall; Active Duty Commissioned/Warrant Officer; Legalman (rank of E7 or higher)

Alternatively, the buyer and seller may physically inspect the VIN at the time of sale and complete the required VIN verification by signing Part A of the VIN Verification Form.

Motor Vehicles Previously Titled/Registered Out-of-Country

The VIN verification for vehicles previously titled out-of-country must be completed by a DMV Compliance Examiner/Inspector. Please call 941.723.4551 to schedule an appointment.


Vehicles Exempt From VIN Verification

The following types of vehicles are exempt from VIN verification requirements:

  • New vehicles (proof of ownership is a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin)
  • Vehicles currently titled in Florida (proof of ownership is Florida title)
  • Mobile homes
  • Trailers with a net weight of less then 2,000 pounds
  • Travel trailers
  • Camp trailers
  • Truck campers
  • Fifth wheel recreational trailers