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
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
Boat/Vessel registrations expire at midnight of the owner’s
birthday. Registrations for boats/vessels titled in a business
name expire June 30th. Registration fees are based on the
length of the boat/vessel.
Boats/Vessels may be renewed in person at any of our branch
locations. These renewals may be processed up
to three months prior to the expiration month. For a nominal
fee, the renewals may be processed by mail, over the Internet,
or by telephone. For Internet or telephone renewals, you must
have the appropriate PIN number, located on your renewal coupon.
Internet and telephone renewal transactions require a credit
card for these services.
The acceptable forms of payment in our offices are cash,
checks, money orders, or credit/debit cards. Checks and money
orders should be made payable to Bob McKee,
Lake County Tax Collector.
To process by mail, please send your renewal to Bob McKee,
Lake County Tax Collector, PO Box 268, Tavares, FL 32778.
- To renew online, click
- For telephone renewals, call 1-866-467-3639.
- For Exemptions from Registration Requirements, click
- For additional Boat/Vessel Facts, please click
- For answers to Frequently Asked Questions, click