Every vehicle in the state of Florida is required to be registered, from cars and trucks to motorcycles and RVs. If you just bought a new (or new-to-you) car or are moving to the Sunshine State with a car, you’ll need to register it with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 

A complete Florida vehicle registration proves you’ve paid all registration fees and taxes, and consists of: 

  1. License plate

  2. Registration certificate/card

  3. Registration decal/sticker (provided on the registration certificate/card)

How much does it cost to register a car?

The cost to register a car depends on the type of vehicle you are registering. Plus, there is a one-time registration fee of $225 for all vehicles registered in Florida for the first time. That is, you must pay this fee if you don’t have a license plate or record of a license plate in your name for a vehicle you previously owned.

Military member exceptions

Military residents are exempt from paying the initial vehicle registration fee. If you’re a military member who is stationed in Florida and not planning on establishing residency, you don’t have to register your car in Florida.

Florida motor vehicle registration fees list

In the state of Florida, typical registration fees run from $14.50-$32.50. Registration use, license plate type and class code are used to determine registration fees. 

  • One-time registration fee for vehicles registered in Florida for first time $225

  • Automobiles (Net weight up to 2,499 pounds) $14.50

  • Automobiles (2,500 - 3,499 pounds) $22.50

  • Automobiles (3,500 or more pounds) $32.50

  • Motorcycles $10.00

  • Moped $5.00

  • Trucks (Net weight up to 1,999 pounds) $14.50

  • Trucks -based on weight (2,000 - 3,000 pounds) $22.50

  • Trucks -based on weight (3,001 - 5,000 pounds) $32.50

For the complete list of registration fees, which includes antique cars, wreckers and more, visit FLHSMV.

Requirements to register your car in Florida 

If you purchase a new or used car, you must get it registered in Florida. If you bought the car through a dealer, they can provide you with a temporary license plate (if you don’t have a tag to transfer) and file the registration papers for you.

To register your car, you’ll need to have the following:

If you’re a new resident, you must get your car registered within 10 days of either establishing residency (renting, leasing or buying a home or apartment), becoming employed or placing a child(ren) in public school.

Be sure to factor in all the costs before buying a new car. Costs include the purchase price of the car, sales tax, plus all title, registration and tag fees.

To find a location where you can register your car in Florida, click here and choose your county. In addition, some motor vehicle services are offered by local county tax collectors or license plate agents.

>>READ MORE: Florida auto insurance requirements

Renewing your registration

Florida residents are able to renew their vehicle registrations for a period of one or two years. Even better, it can all be done online at GoRenew.com or via the MyFlorida mobile app.