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How to Apply for an Out-of-State RV in Florida

Under Florida law, new residents must register and register their motor vehicle, including RVs, within 10 days of placing the child in public school, going to work, or establishing residence in Florida. The registration provides proof – in the form of a certificate of ownership, license plate, confirmation decal, and certificate of registration – that you have paid the required Florida taxes and registration fees for your vehicle. To apply for an out-of-state RV in Florida, you must purchase insurance from the Florida insurance agency, verify your vehicle identification number, and submit the appropriate registration forms to the Department of Highway safety and Motor Vehicles office near you.

How to Register an Out of State RV in Florida
How to Register an Out of State RV in Florida

Step 1

Get coverage for your RV from a Florida insurance agency. Every insurance policy sold by Florida’s licensed agency is electronically reported to the Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety. Without this electronic verification, you cannot register your RV in Florida.

Step 2

Download the Yes/No Registration Ownership Certificate Application from the Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety website (see Resources). Read through the documentation to familiarize yourself with titration and registration requirements. Note the section at the top of page two, which explains that you must have your vehicle identification number (VIN) verified by a Florida Notary, police officer, department of Highway safety and Motor Vehicles, or licensed motor vehicle dealer.

Step 3

Go to the appropriate authority and verify your RV identification number. The inspection agent must complete the appropriate section of your title/application to certify the inspection.

Step 4

Complete the application. At the top of the form, check the boxes for “transit” and “motor vehicle.” If your original title certificate lists two owners combined with the word “AND,” you must include the signatures of both owners on the application.

Step 5

Bring the completed form, current RV title certificate, and proof of insurance to the Florida Bureau of Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety office. Submit the documents and pay the necessary fees. After processing, the appropriate documents and registration plates will be issued to you.

Tip

If you want to apply by mail, you must charge the necessary fees in advance. To do so, download a charging package from the Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety Administration (see Resources). Complete the included charge form and prepare a check or money order with the resulting amount. Send the completed application, proof of insurance, current certificate of ownership and payment to the specified address. After processing, the appropriate documents and registration plates will be issued to you.

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