Florida License Plate Information Summary
To get a Florida license plate, you need to go in person to the DHSMV to register your vehicle. With your initial registration, you'll get your plates.
Renewing your plates and getting new stickers is easy. It happens when you renew your registration.
In some cases, you can transfer your plates from your old vehicle to your new vehicle.
Florida License Plates Offered
The DHSMV offers standard plates, vanity plates, disability plates, and various other plates that support charitable causes. Contact your local DHSMV for information on what type of Florida license plate you want.
When you get a standard plate, you have the option of it reading
- “The Sunshine State” or
- “In God We Trust”
You'll also get a sticker indicating when your license plate and registration will expire. This must be affixed to your Florida license plate.
When you buy from a dealership, your dealer will give you a temporary plate for you to use until your official plates arrive.
If you buy from a private seller, you and the seller must go to your tax collector or DSHSMV office to get your plates – no temporary plates are available for private sales.
When You Need To Get Florida License Plates
You have 30 days after you buy a car or move into the state to get your Florida license plates.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You keep your Florida license plate up to date simply by renewing your registration. Then you will be automatically be sent a new sticker to put on your current plates.
If Your Florida License Plates Are Stolen
Should your license plate be stolen or damaged in a criminal act, your best bet is to file a police report. If you do so, the replacement cost will be free of charge.
If you don't get a police report, you will have to go to a DSHSMV office with your ID, registration card, and a check for $28.
If your plate was damaged in a traffic accident, you will also have to bring your traffic ticket with you.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You need to surrender your plates if you cancel your insurance, move out of state, or are no longer driving your vehicle. You can surrender your tags in person or by mail.
You can transfer your license plate from your old vehicle to your new vehicle. You can also transfer it to your spouses vehicle. If your spouse has died, you can have their license plate transferred to your vehicle if necessary.
Florida License Plate Costs
Your initial license plates will cost $225, plus an issuing fee of $28.
To transfer your license costs $7.35.
Various service fees may be tacked on, depending on where you live.
Renewing your license plate will cost $28 plus local fees.