How to Transfer a Florida License Plate

by Sean Mann
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Registration license plates in Florida belong to the person who ordered it and not to a specific vehicle. You can transfer your license plate to any other vehicle you own within the same classification. You are not allowed to place your license plate on a vehicle belonging to someone else. When you sell or dispose of a vehicle, you can retain your license plate. You can then transfer your license plate to a new vehicle to avoid paying the $225 Initial Registration Fee.

Step 1

Locate your local DMV office (See Resources).

Step 2

Print out the Notice of Transfer of Registration License Plate form, which you can obtain from your local DMV office or on the website.

Step 3

Fill out the form. You need to know the year, make, type, weight or length, identification number and color of both vehicles. You also need to know your license plate number, decal number and expiration date.

Step 4

Give the form to the dealer you purchased your new car from. They will fill in their license number and sign it. The dealer can send the completed form in to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

Step 5

Complete the transfer in person at your local DMV, if the vehicle transfer didn't involve a dealership.

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