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 motor
vehicles and mobile homes. All motor vehicles and mobile homes
must be registered and/or titled. The Tax Collector works
closely with DHSMV to ensure all transactions are conducted
according to state statutes.
License plates, registrations, and renewals may be processed
at any of our branch
Motor vehicles are registered according to the owner’s
birth month. The registration is valid until midnight on the
owner’s birthday. The registration cost is determined
by the vehicle’s weight. A delinquent fee is charged
if the registration is not renewed by the 10th of the month
following the expiration month.
There are some additional expiration dates for vehicles
in business names, as well as certain types of vehicles. The
following is a list of some of the exceptions to birthday
- Company owned vehicles expire on
- All mobile homes (not declared as
real property) expire on December 31
- Heavy trucks over 5000 pounds, tractors, semi trailers,
and 9+ passenger vehicles for hire expire December 31
Florida issues a metal license plate with a series of alpha
numeric numbering, depending on the type of vehicle. A validation
decal displaying the registration expiration, decal number,
and license plate number is affixed to the upper right corner
of the plate. Registration certificates are issued with each
transaction involving a license plate or renewal.
The first time an owner of private automobiles, pickups and
trucks weighing 5,000 pounds or less, and motor homes purchase
license plates for these vehicles, there may be a $225
Initial Registration Fee imposed unless the owner
is otherwise exempt.
All motor vehicles and mobile homes 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 an additional
fee, the renewals may be processed by mail or over the Internet.
Internet renewal transactions require a credit
card for these services.
The acceptable forms of payment in our offices are cash,
checks, money orders, or Mastercard or Discover cards. Checks and money
orders should be made payable to Bob McKee,
Lake County Tax Collector.
To process by mail, please send the renewals to Bob McKee,
Lake County Tax Collector, PO Box 268, Tavares, FL 32778.
To renew online, click
For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about registration