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Old 11-10-2014, 12:04 PM   #1
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Registering RV in Florida

I need help!! We purchased a 2008 Newmar Dutch Star in April of this year & the dealer registered it in our home state of Virginia, but we always had plans to register it in Florida prior to the end of the year due to the high personal property taxes we will have to pay to the county we live in. I'm not sure if this can be done online & what exactly the requirements are? We have friends in Florida that have said that we can use their address to register our RV, but I'm not really sure what I need to do or where to start. Please Help!!!!!
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Old 11-10-2014, 02:52 PM   #2
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Here's a little info on registering a vehicle in Florida, Florida RVs and Motor Home FLHSMV Registration at DMV.org: The DMV Made Simple

of course there is the little legal requirement of actually living in Florida, to get a Florida registration.
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Sounds as if you still live in Virginia and are not "full timers." It would be wrong to move the registration and title to Florida if state regulations are limited to residents only and you're not property owners.

I have a friend that stays in Florida a minimum of 6 months + 1 day--and documents it. He doesn't want anything to come back on him tax wise.

I'm in a dilemma because my state has to inspect any vehicle/RV being titled. My fifth wheel stays in another state that requires someone to have a drivers' license in the state and reside there. My new RV will never see my home state.
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Old 11-10-2014, 05:32 PM   #4
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Florida is pretty flexible about living in the state, since numerous "residents" are only there part of the year anyway. However, convincing Virginia that you don't owe them taxes anyway might take more than what Florida requires.

So, are you moving to Florida, or just want to title & register the RV there to save on taxes? Big difference.
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We had to show 6+ months of residency, local utility bill and verification of a Florida insurance policy.
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Old 11-10-2014, 06:44 PM   #6
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We did everything a couple of years ago, but we went directly to a Florida DMV office. We did driver license, TV and RV reg. Needed the titles for both, plus several receipts showing the address (we use the GS Mail Forwarding) and proof of Florida insurance. BUT for us we spend more time in Florida than any other state.
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I'm not sure having a friend's Fl. address alone is going to be worth much regarding a Fl. registration. Maybe if these friends were willing to add you on their property's deed?

I think you need to be a resident (6 months + 1 day), or a Fl. property owner. We're Mi. residents, with a second home in Fl. and we had no trouble. We did our transfer the day we were paying our property taxes (same office in Fl.) so we had our tax bill in hand.

BTW, we were required to have our coach's VIN verified. Not a big deal. A volunteer Sheriff's Deputy showed up an hour after we requested the inspection. A friendly welcome with a quick VIN and odometer verification, some paper work, and he was gone.

Huge savings over what we were paying in Mi. Plates and insurance both, a lot less money.
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We had to show 6+ months of residency, local utility bill and verification of a Florida insurance policy.
This is a fact! plus additions.
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FWIW, many states are trying to find income to stay afloat these days. Some like Colorado vigorously pursue these transactions and prosecute violators for "intent to defraud" and failure to pay taxes due the state.
Do your homework and do this registration right to prevent such actions against you.
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I bought my 5th in fl and dealer regesterd it in fl my legal residence is mass but I do own a home in fl that I pay taxes on fl renewed my plate no problem sent renewal notice buy snail mail to mass address
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Sounds as if you still live in Virginia and are not "full timers." It would be wrong to move the registration and title to Florida if state regulations are limited to residents only and you're not property owners.

I have a friend that stays in Florida a minimum of 6 months + 1 day--and documents it. He doesn't want anything to come back on him tax wise.

I'm in a dilemma because my state has to inspect any vehicle/RV being titled. My fifth wheel stays in another state that requires someone to have a drivers' license in the state and reside there. My new RV will never see my home state.

sorry i am with him .. and i live here .. they dont play to much at the DMV here and the more at the state line you are the more there like .. lets see your papers ..
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You're a VA resident. If you move to FL and title and register your vehicle(s) there in about 30 days VA will no longer have a hold over you. I didn't do so fast enough for VA and they're still trying to get me to pay about 6 months PPT. And yes, VA and FL share their DMV databases. And if you remain a VA resident and the RV is garaged in VA most of the time, and use someone else's FL address, you shouldn't.
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