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The Lake County Tax Collector, as an agent for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), provides the service of titling and registering your boats/vessels. Operators of motorized boats/vessels that wish to navigate Florida waters must have the boat/vessel registered, titled, and be issued a decal. The decal is to be affixed to the port (left) side of the boat/vessel before or after the Florida (FL) number.

Numbering:

The Florida registration number (FL number) issued to a boat/vessel is permanent and remains with the boat/vessel as long as it is operated or stored in this state, even though its ownership may change.

The registration number issued to an undocumented boat/vessel is to be painted or permanently attached to both sides of the bow (forward half) of the boat/vessel and must be in block letters and numerals at least three inches high. The registration number must read from left to right, must contrast in color with the hull and be maintained in legible condition.

The prefix and suffix must be separated from the numerals by a space equal to the width of the digits, i.e., FL 0001 AB.

Obtaining a Florida Boat/Vessel Title:

We recommend that any transfer of title transactions be completed in one of our branch locations. To avoid unforeseen complications, it is recommended that sellers and purchasers be present in our office at the time of the transaction. Sellers will have the reassurance of knowing that the transfer is complete and they no longer have any liability for the boat/vessel. Purchasers have the reassurance that a title was issued in their names.

If it is not convenient for both the seller and purchaser to visit our office together, please contact our Customer Information Center, at (352) 343-9602, for information relating to your specific needs to successfully accomplish the transfer of ownership.

Application with a Florida Title:

Most boats/vessels registered in Florida have a Florida title. To transfer a Florida title, the seller and purchaser must complete the “Transfer of Title by Seller Section” in full. This section must include the purchaser’s name, selling price, date of sale, signature and printed name of the seller(s) and purchaser(s). Signatures are not required to be notarized in this section, even if there is a labeled place.

Proof of sales tax paid or proof of exemption must be provided. If not, we must collect sales tax when processing the title application. For additional sales tax information, click here.

For more title transfer information, please click here.

Application with a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO):

An MCO is the original documentation (best described as the birth certificate) for a brand new boat/vessel. Florida Statutes require anyone selling a new boat/vessel in the State of Florida provide the purchaser with an MCO. The selling dealer must complete this document indicating the purchaser(s) name(s). The dealer reassignment section must be completed in full.

Should there be an area in this section for notarization, it must be properly executed. There are some circumstances when a notary is not required; however, we recommend completion of the notary.

Proof of sales tax paid or proof of exemption must be provided. If not, we must collect sales tax when processing the title application. For additional sales tax information, click here.

Some states do not require MCO’s for new boats/vessels. Should you purchase a new boat/vessel from an out of state business and not receive an MCO, please contact our Customer Information Center at (352) 343-9602 for information.

For additional information regarding MCO’s, click here.

Application with an Out of State Title or Registration:

Boats/vessels with proof of ownership from another state will have varying documentation requirements. A title is required from those states that issue titles for boats/vessels. Should there be a transfer of ownership involved with an out of state boat/vessel, the transfer section of the title must be properly executed.

We recommend that customers with boats/vessels involving a transaction from a non-title state, contact our Customer Information Center at (352) 343-9602 to address your specific needs.

Proof of sales tax paid or proof of exemption must be provided. If not, we must collect sales tax when processing the title application. For additional sales tax information, click here.

  • For additional Boat/Vessel Facts, click here.
  • For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.
  • For more out of state title information, click here.
  • For information on boats/vessels exempt from title requirements, click here.