If you need to surrender your license plate to the State of Florida, there are a few methods of surrender that can work for you.
Walk it into the right place.
In my opinion, the most effective method of surrender is to turn it into the Local Tax Collectors office in your county. You just walk the plate and registration into the office and the clerk will give you a receipt showing the date the Florida License plate was surrendered.
The following is a link to the Florida Department of Revenue’s website showing all of the Tax Collector’s websites in the state: http://floridarevenue.com/dor/property/taxcollectors.html or click here to visit.
If you need this proof of surrender to cancel an insurance policy, you’ll have the proof available right away. Provide this proof of plate surrender to your insurance agent who will be able to create an Insurance cancellation request that you can then sign to complete the process.
Mail your vehicle license plate to the State of Florida.
If your auto insurance company doesn’t require proof of surrender in order to cancel your auto insurance, you are welcome to mail your plate, a letter explaining that you’ll be surrendering your plate and a copy of your registration to the following address:
Division of Motorist Services
2900 Apalachee Pkwy
Mail Stop 98
Tallahassee, FL 323900-0500
*If you don’t have the registration, please explain that on the letter that you send along with the plate giving whoever opens the package instructions for what you need done, ie. “Please surrender this license plate and cancel the registration.”
My advice is to send the the plate “Certified” with a return receipt so you can be sure that the correct department received your license plate in a timely manner. In this case, you’ll want to keep the proof or a scan of the return receipt for 7 years, in case anything arises.
Unfortunately, even if you paid the $225 plate fee and surrender the plate the next day, you are not entitled to receive the $225 plate fee back.
Why Do I need to surrender my Florida License Plate?
Lets say you sell your car and no longer have a need for auto insurance. The only way you can actually cancel an auto insurance policy in Florida, with intent, is to surrender your license plate from your vehicle back to the State of Florida to avoid the potential threat of your driver’s license being suspended.
If you have a license plate in the state of Florida that went on an automobile, truck, or even a golf cart, you are required to carry Florida Personal Injury Protection.
This requirement is enforced through Driver’s License suspensions. How this works is when your insurance suspends, cancels or expires, the State of Florida gets electronic notice from the insurance company. The State will give you a maximum of 30 days from the cancel date to either surrender the plate or buy new coverage. If neither happens within that 30 days, the department of motor services who handle your Driving privilege will issue a pending suspension of your license.
Florida charges a lot of money to fix your license after a suspension for having no insurance, not to mention the potential hazard of driving without insurance coverage. The only way the state of Florida can gauge how many vehicles are on the road and insured is to link the VINs on the insurance directly to the license plate.
North Broward Insurance Solutions is committed to helping you better understand the processes related to keeping your driver’s license active and in force, protecting your best assets as well as helping you understand insurance coverage and how they work for you during a loss.
For advice on insurance coverage and free quotes and rate comparisons, don’t hesitate to contact North Broward Insurance Solutions by calling 954-368-0060 or emailing the agency at NorthBrowardInsurance@gmail.com. You’re also welcome to set up an appointment for insurance review in our Margate Insurance Agency, located at 1141 Banks Rd, Margate, FL 33063