Frequently Asked Questions
REAL ID is a nationwide effort to improve the integrity and security of State-issued driver licenses and identification cards, which in turn will help fight terrorism and reduce identity fraud.
REAL ID compliance is indicated by a gold star located at the top right of your ID or driver's license card.
You will need to bring one of the following primary documents to establish your identity, proof of legal residence and date of birth: For a detailed list of required items, click here.
For U.S. Citizens:
- Valid, unexpired U.S. passport
- Original or Certified copy of a birth certificate
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- Certificate of Naturalization issued by DHS
- Certificate of Citizenship
For cases where the current name and the name on the primary identity document are different, you should also bring:
- For U.S. Citizens
- Court ordered name change document
- Marriage certificate, issued by the courts and/or
- Divorce decree, issued by the courts
In all cases, the document must show a clear trail of name changes originating with the birth name to the current name. For more detailed information on the required identity documents, click here.
- Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card – I-551 for Lawful Permanent Residents
- Valid Passport for non-immigrants except for asylum applicants and refugees
- Other government issued document showing your full name
- Department of Homeland Security document showing proof of lawful presence
- If your name has changed by marriage/divorce, you must have your name changed on your Citizen and Immigration Services (CIS) documents.
Both Citizens and Non-Citizens will need to bring:
You are allowed to renew one time by a convenience method (Internet or mail). Your next renewal must then be in a driver license office. For example, if you renewed your license online in March 2011, you will need to visit a driver license office for your next renewal.
We offer these services at the following locations.
**PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LAST DRIVING TESTS ARE PERFORMED AT 3:15 PM EVERY DAY**
- Key West Driver License Office
- 3304 N Roosevelt Blvd
- Big Pine Key Satellite Office (road tests and written exams not available here)
- 247 Key Deer Blvd
- Marathon Branch Office
- 3015 Overseas Hwy
- Key Largo Branch Office
- 101487 Overseas Hwy
Current year property taxes are rolled out on November 1 each year (paid in arrears), at which time they may be paid with a due date of March 31. The following discounts are applied if paid early:
- 4% discount if paid in November.
- 3% discount if paid in December.
- 2% discount if paid in January.
- 1% discount if paid in February.
- Gross amount paid in March, no discount applied.
- Taxes become delinquent April 1st of each year.
Florida law allows taxpayers to make partial payments on real estate and tangible personal property taxes for the current year only. Partial payments cannot be made for delinquent taxes. No partial payments can be made after March 31. Taxes become delinquent on April 1, at which time interest and other applicable costs are added to the gross tax amount.
Taxpayers who make partial payments will forfeit all discounts applied to early payments. Additionally, the minimum amount accepted for each partial payment is $100, and there is a $10 processing fee for each payment. All taxes must be paid by March 31 to avoid becoming delinquent, at which point interest and additional fees will be added to the remaining balance. If the balance is not paid by May 31, a tax certificate will be sold.
The Property Appraiser's Office establishes the assessed value of a property and the Board of County Commissioners and other levying bodies set the millage rates. Using these figures, the Property Appraiser prepares the tax roll.
For any questions regarding your assessment, please contact their office at (305) 292-3420.
You may come into our Key West Main Office or our Plantation Key Branch Office and get a fast title.
- Vehicles - $85.25
- Vessels - $11.00
- IF HELD ELECTRONICALLY
- Vehicles - $10.00
- Vessels - $5.00
You may come into our Key West Main Office or our Plantation Key Branch Office and request a duplicate copy. You will need to fill out Form 82101 (can be done in the office) and provide a valid driver's license or passport.
In order to title and register an out-of-state vehicle in Florida, you will need to provide us with the follow:
- Original title or Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO)
- Bill of sale (if purchased within the past six months)
- If sales tax was already paid, the bill of sale must display how much was paid. Otherwise, you are subject to pay sales tax at the time of titling.
- Fill out Form HSMV 82040 - Application for Certificate of Title With/Without Registration (can be done in office)
- You will need to have the vehicle identification number (VIN) inspected (Form HSMV 82042). You can bring the vehicle to our office parking lot and we can perform the inspection at the time of service or you may contact the non-emergency number and have law enforcement come to you and perform the inspection.
- Valid driver's license (Florida or out-of-state license) or passport
- Proof of valid Florida insurance (not required if you are not registering the vehicle)
No. The license plate stays with the seller. You must obtain a new registration and license plate. You may transfer a license plate from another vehicle that is titled in your name, use a credit from a prior license plate that you surrendered, or get a new license plate.
When you sell a vehicle or cancel a current registration, you must surrender your license plate to a tax collector's office. Once the license plate has been surrendered, you will receive a "credit" which will waive the $225.00 initial registration fee next time you register a vehicle.
How can I title and register a converted golf cart?
Prior to titling and registering a converted golf cart, the vehicle must be inspected and assigned a vehicle identification number (VIN) at a Motorist Services Regional Office. THE CONVERTED GOLF CART MUST BE STREET-LEGAL BEFORE APPLYING FOR TITLE AND REGISTRATION –- see flhsmv.gov/locations for more information.
Trailer the converted golf cart to a Motorist Services Regional Office and present the following documents and fees for an inspection, VIN assignment, title and registration:
- Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MSO) or a bill of sale for the golf cart Form HSMV 84490 (Statement of Builder) completed by customer and compliance examiner/inspector
- Form HSMV 86064 (Affidavit for Golf Cart Modified to a Low Speed Vehicle)
- Original bill(s) of sale or receipt(s) for all parts used to convert the golf cart
- Certified weight slip for the converted golf cart
- Form HSMV 82040 (Application for Title)
- Proof of Florida Insurance (minimum $10,000 PDL and $10,000 PIP)
- Sales tax or sales tax exemption information for all parts
- Identification - driver's license, ID card or passport
- Applicable fees (see flhsmv.gov/fees for more information)
- Inspection fee
- Title fee
- Plate fee
- Initial registration fee, if applicable
- Registration fee (varies by weight of vehicle)
You may file a police report and provide us with the case number and name of the law enforcement official to obtain a replacement (note that some fees may apply - please call our office for more information).