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Old 08-22-2015, 06:38 PM   #1
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How to get a termporary licence in Florida

I am buying a MH from Florida from a private party and live in Maine. I want to get a FL temporary registration so I can drive the MH home.

Does anybody know if it is possible and what I need to do?

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How to get a termporary licence in Florida

Welcome to the forum.

Scroll down to temporary vehicle registration. You'll need to pay Fl. Sales tax.

https://www.dmv.org/fl-florida/car-registration.php
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I live in Washington state and did this in July. You do not need to pay tax in Florida. You do need to get a temporary tag from a county tag office. We had Private seller come with us with Bill of Sale to do the transaction. Ours was less than $10. Bank owned title so we had to have seller fill out a Washington state release of interest affidavit with notarization as well. When I returned to Washington, I paid my local tax. Here's our trip...have fun!Click image for larger version

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Old 08-22-2015, 07:15 PM   #4
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You should only have to pay Florida Sales Tax if you will be licensing it in Florida. Just get a temporary tag, usually 3 to 7 days. Here's the rub. If you can't get it home in that time, you may have to get temp tags along the way to continue to be legal.
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Ours was a 30 day trip permit. I had to provide proof of insurance with new MH.
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Actually, Florida does make you pay the sales tax for your home/destination state (up to 6%) and remits it to them. If your state has a personal property tax vs. "sales tax" then FL won't collect it. They will only collect "sales tax". I think Maine is 5.5% on motorhomes + excise tax?

Suggest reading this good description from Manatee county tax collector's office. http://www.taxcollector.com/docs/cip...oraryplate.pdf

The same rules apply in every county, just not every county has them written up so clearly!

txshldm54 take a look at the top of the Manatee page where if you're not a FL resident they won't accept a check. Not sure if our other counties are like that as well or just Manatee, but you can always call down to the appropriate county's tax collector office and ask.

Anyway, not sure what county you're doing the transaction in but it's all done through the county tax collector... The actual "fee" beyond the sales tax varies by county from $5 to about $10 (local optional 'fees' or whatever we call them)

Some of the larger counties have online reservation systems as they tend to get busy and you can wait a long time, so suggest you google that county and "florida tax collector" and see if you'll be in one of them.
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I live in Washington state and did this in July... When I returned to Washington, I paid my local tax.
Don't know about all states but couldn't one contact their home state DMV and do the registration via phone and FedEx if you're going to be out a long time.
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Our dealer arranged for a temporary permit for us to take our unit home. Cost was minimal. Permit was taped to the window when we got there.
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Actually, Florida does make you pay the sales tax for your home/destination state (up to 6%) and remits it to them. If your state has a personal property tax vs. "sales tax" then FL won't collect it. They will only collect "sales tax". I think Maine is 5.5% on motorhomes + excise tax?

Suggest reading this good description from Manatee county tax collector's office. http://www.taxcollector.com/docs/cip...oraryplate.pdf

The same rules apply in every county, just not every county has them written up so clearly!

txshldm54 take a look at the top of the Manatee page where if you're not a FL resident they won't accept a check. Not sure if our other counties are like that as well or just Manatee, but you can always call down to the appropriate county's tax collector office and ask.

Anyway, not sure what county you're doing the transaction in but it's all done through the county tax collector... The actual "fee" beyond the sales tax varies by county from $5 to about $10 (local optional 'fees' or whatever we call them)

Some of the larger counties have online reservation systems as they tend to get busy and you can wait a long time, so suggest you google that county and "florida tax collector" and see if you'll be in one of them.

Like I shared, I just bought on July 21, 2015 and was not required to pay Florida Tax. I got a temporary tag/trip permit for less than $10 from the Wewahitchka, Florida Auditors office and just today paid use tax in Pierce County Washington.
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Like I shared, I just bought on July 21, 2015 and was not required to pay Florida Tax. I got a temporary tag/trip permit for less than $10 from the Wewahitchka, Florida Auditors office and just today paid use tax in Pierce County Washington.
But OP is in Maine and I think there will be tax due. OP's best bet is to call the FL tax collector office he'll be using and ask!
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But OP is in Maine and I think there will be tax due. OP's best bet is to call the FL tax collector office he'll be using and ask!

True statement. Trust me, there was plenty of tax due in Washington Today.
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Assuming you want to license it in Maine I would be asking the local licensing folks. It should be manageable but they will have the paperwork.

As I think about it I wonder why you would want a temporary registration. It would seem to me you could register it in Maine then take the plates with you to pick up the MH. Your only issue would be an inspection sticker if needed. I expect they have a way of handling that.
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True statement. Trust me, there was plenty of tax due in Washington Today.
That's true!! tax is close to 10% and we paid the cost of a pretty good new car to register ours when we bought it in OR.
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True statement. Trust me, there was plenty of tax due in Washington Today.
I'm not saying it wasn't true! Washington has different tax structures than much of the east coast. Before moving to FL I bought vehicles down here a few times while living in the NE and had to pay sales tax to get them home. While being here I've also sold a vehicle to an out of stater and they had to pay tax.

The answer is: it all depends on the OP's home state and exactly what reciprocity they have with FL and exactly what they call their taxes. You got lucky in WA in being able to postpone paying the taxes, many states that's not true. I'm relatively certain you got lucky because WA calls it "use tax". While it's really the same as a sales tax, FL is matching the "letter" of the tax name, not the "spirit."

I really doubt that Manatee county was lying on their page. I have no doubt that the mix of sales, use, and personal property taxes on vehicles varies around the country so taxes aren't always due down here.

Either way, OP should call ahead and figure out if they need extra funds on hand! Maybe they'll let us know the outcome?
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