Motor Vehicle Important Dates

Motor Vehicle Calendar – Important Dates


Alpha Month Alpha Month
Renew long-term leased automobiles. The first letter of the owner or registrant’s name determines the expiration month, i.e.,
A… June K, L… December
B, C… July M, N… January
D, E… August O, P, Q… February
F… September R, S, T, U… March
G… October V… April
H, I, J… November W, X, Y, Z… May
Renew motor vehicle license plate, which is valid until midnight of the owner’s birthday. Renewals accepted 90 days prior to birth month. This applies to passenger cars, recreational vehicles, light trucks under 5,000 lbs., small trailers and motorcycles.If you have a disabled parking placard, check the year of expiration Renew accordingly.
Renew decals for mobile homes in rental parks.
Renew company-owned motor vehicles 5,000 lbs. And under.
Register trucks over 5,000 pounds, truck-trailers, semi-trailers and automobiles for hire which carry nine or more passengers.

Sales Tax – Definition Information

The Tax Collector is the agent of the Florida Department of Revenue for the collection of certain sales taxes, which is 7%. This includes the county discretionary tax of 1% on purchases up to $5,000.00.

Definitions of Sales Tax are as follows:

Discretionary Tax Additional surtax imposed by certain counties on
vessels and/or vehicles purchased by residents of
that county.
Sales Tax A tax imposed by the State of Florida on vessels
and/or vehicles sold in the State of Florida (sales
tax is collected on the purchase price of the
vessel/vehicle less the retail value of the trade-in).
Use Tax A tax imposed by the State of Florida on the purchase
of a vessel and/or vehicle which was not purchased
in Florida, but brought into and used in Florida during
the first six months of ownership. Proof of actual
sales tax paid in other states may be allowed as a credit
against this use tax. Vessels/vehicles previously regis-
tered in a foreign country are subject to the full use
tax regardless of how long they have been owned or how
much tax was paid in the foreign country.
Sales Tax Exemption Sales tax is not collected on a gift, inheritance, equal
trade, trade-down, divorce settlement, transfer between
spouses, business, promotional and rental purposes.




For more in-depth explanations of how and when sales tax is applied for vessels/vehicles please Click Here.

Important Facts Information

  • All individual to individual title applications are processed through the Tax collector’s Office. Dealer’s are required to prepare all paperwork (title, registration) on motor vehicles purchased through their business.         
  • Florida requires display of a single license plate on the rear of the vehicle, except
    for trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 26,000 pounds or more. Those trucks are
    issued two license plates with the plate bearing the decal displayed on the front.
  • License plates belong to the person, not the vehicle, and may be officially transferred to
    a replacement vehicle.
  • Registrations for short-term leased vehicles expire in six months
  • Registration expirations for long-term leased vehicles are staggered by the first letter of
    leasing company’s name.
  • Registrations for heavy trucks expire December 31.
  • There are five counties in Florida that require emission inspections at this time, which
    are Broward, Duval, Hillsborough, Palm Beach and Pinellas.
  • All Florida drivers must have at least $10,000 in personal injury protection (PIP) auto
    insurance and at least $10,000 property damage liability (PDL) insurance. For more
    information contact the Department of Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-693-5236,
    or your local insurance agent.
  • Registrations for Mobile Homes are due each January unless classified as Real Property.

Specialty Tags/Plates – Information Links

Putnam County Tax Collector