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Vehicle & Vessel Information | Lee County Tax Collector

The Lee County Tax Collector is an independent Constitutional Officer who serves as an agent to the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles.  Our office is responsible for the processing of motor vehicle and vessel title transactions and any associated registrations.

The Lee County Tax Collector has six office locations conveniently located throughout Lee County.

Applying for Titles and Registration

To apply for title and registration you must have proof of ownership, proof of identity, and proof of required insurance coverage written or countersigned by a Florida agent. Then you must purchase or transfer your license plate. Be sure to record a lien if the vehicle is financed. Other documentation and requirements may apply based on the paperwork being submitted.

To apply for title and registration for a vessel you must provide proof of ownership and proof of identity. If the vessel is documented and maintained in Florida, you must apply for a Florida Registration. Other documentation may apply based on the paperwork submitted. Learn more.

Duplicate Titles

If the original certificate of title has been lost or destroyed, only the titled owner or his/her appointed attorney-in-fact may apply for a duplicate certificate of title. When there is an outstanding lien on record, only the lienholder may apply for a duplicate certificate of title. Learn more.

Electronic Titles

Florida currently has two electronic title designations: The electronic title or e-title is when the Florida title is held in an electronic format instead of paper. The electronic lien title or ELT is when an e-title has an active electronic lien on file with the state. On both designations a paper title has not been printed. Learn more.

Decals & License Plates

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Florida has a variety of license plates available for purchase.  There are three standard state plates, as well as, specialty and personalized plates. The Lee County Tax Collector is also capable of issuing duplicate and replacement license plates per customer request.

License plates, decals, or parking permits that are lost or stolen can be replaced by filling out and submitting an Application for Replacement License Tags and Decals. License plates or decals that are lost will incur a replacement fee. License plates or decals that are stolen can be re-issued if a police report number is provided. Learn more.

Protection After Selling a Vehicle

When you sell a vehicle, vehicle trailer, mobile home, or vessel there is no guarantee that the person you sold it to will have the title transferred to their name.  There is a possibility that the buyer may be using the vehicle you sold them while it is still in your name.

To protect yourself, you may file the attached Notice of Sale and submit to any tax collector office. By filing this form we are able to mark the title record as SOLD. This may help prevent legal and civil liability issues for you, the seller. You should retain a copy of the completed title or bill of sale or Notice of Sale for your records. Learn more.

Disabled Parking Permits

Individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities or organizations that provide transportation services for the disabled may apply for a parking permit. The permit entitles the disabled person or the driver transporting the disabled passenger to park in spaces designated for the disabled. Learn more.


If there are stops on your record, you may not be able to renew your registrations until the stops are cleared. 

Customer Stops

A customer stop can be due to any of the following:

  • Failure to Pay Fines – these could be court costs, traffic fines, or other fines paid to the Clerk of Courts; fines must be paid in the county of issuance (please note this does not apply to vessel registration)
  • Department of Revenue (DOR) Delinquent Support Stop – this stop is placed by DOR for child support delinquency
  • Dishonored Checks – this stop is generated when a check is returned by your financial institution
  • Wrecker Operator Liens – this stop is submitted by a towing company for unpaid fees and costs
  • Repossession Liens – this stop is submitted by a lienholder for failed repossession attempts

Registration Stops

A registration stop can be due to any of the following:

  • Toll Violations
  • Parking Tickets
  • Department of Transportation

Learn more.


Title and registration fees can vary greatly based on the type of vehicle, weight, and purpose.
Visit this link to see a comprehensive tabled list of all title and registration fees. Learn more.

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