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***MONROE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE ADVISORY***

 

Effective Immediately:

MONROE COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR REOPENS TO PUBLIC

The Monroe County Tax Collector offices reopened to the public on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Tax Collector Danise Henriquez is still encouraging customers to continue to do their transactions online when possible, rather than in person. Online services are available at www.monroetaxcollector.com. There is no convenience fee when using an e-check online.

Henriquez closed her offices to the public on March 23 as a way to reduce the chance of spreading the coronavirus.

The Tax Collector offices at the Key West, Key West Driver License, Marathon, Plantation, and the Key Largo locations reopened with the following restrictions:

  • The offices are following the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidance, limiting the number of customers gathering in lobbies.
  • Only the person completing the transaction will be permitted to enter the lobby.
  • Customers are required to wear a face mask and practice social distancing while in the office.

“My staff has served Monroe County with optimism during this pandemic. Although the lobbies were closed, we have assisted many customers via phone, mail, web transactions, drop box, and the drive thru. Thank you, we will get through this together. Be Safe!”

Tax Collector Signature

Danise D. Henriquez C.F.C.
Monroe County Tax Collector

DRIVER LICENSE AND IDENTIFICATION CARD UPDATES

As of Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the Tax Collector’s Office has resumed driver license testing at the Key West Driver License Office, Marathon Branch Office, and the Key Largo Branch Office.

The procedures are as follows:

  • BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The appointments will be every hour, starting at 8:00 am, with the last appointment at 3:00 pm.
  • The customer (and interpreter – if needed) will have their temperature taken prior to the driving test.
  • Everyone, including the employee, will be required to wear a mask.
  • The employee will be required to wear gloves.
  • All windows in the vehicle are required to be rolled down during the driving test.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment. If the customer is late, they will be required to schedule another appointment. NO EXCEPTIONS!

To schedule an appointment:

Key West Driver License Office

  • (305) 293-6339
  • 3304 N Roosevelt Blvd

Marathon Branch Office

  • (305) 289-6034
  • 3015 Overseas Hwy

Key Largo Branch Office

  • (305) 853-3562

101487 Overseas Hwy

  • Effective April 30, 2020, per Emergency Order 043020 (Pursuant to Executive Order 20-52):
    • Extends the effective period of driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates on or after March 16, 2020, through April 15, 2020, for 60 days
    • Extends the effective period of driver licenses and identification cards with expiration dates on or after April 16, 2020, through May 31, 2020, for 30 days
    • In conjunction with the waiver issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, extend through June 30, 2020, the effective period of commercial driver licenses and commercial driver instructional permits with expiration dates on or after March 16, 2020.
    • Waives the delinquent renewal fees during the extension periods for these driver licenses/permits.
    • Waives “in-person” Driving Under the Influence (DUI) program client interviews, evaluations, case monitoring, supervision, meetings, and educational courses pursuant to section 322.292(4), Florida Statutes, and rule 15A-10.027, Florida Administrative Code, until April 30, 2020.  In lieu of “in-person” interactions, DUI programs may use distance learning methodologies.
    • In conjunction with the waiver issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, waive through June 30, 2020, the requirements under section 322.59, Florida Statutes, that a person who holds a commercial driver license have a medical examination and certification, provided the commercial driver has proof of a valid medical certification that was issued for a period of 90 days or longer and that expired on or after March 1, 2020.
    • Waives the delinquent renewal fees during the extension period for these apportioned vehicle registrations.
    • In conjunction with the Emergency Declaration issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, suspend through June 14, 2020, the enforcement of the registration requirements pursuant to sections 316.545(4) and 320.0715, Florida Statutes, for commercial motor vehicles that enter Florida to provide emergency services or supplies; transport emergency equipment, supplies, or personnel; or transport FEMA mobile homes or office style mobile homes into or from Florida.
    • In conjunction with the Emergency Declaration issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, suspend through June 14, 2020, the enforcement of the licensing and registration requirements under the International Fuel Tax Agreement pursuant to Chapter 207, Florida Statutes, and the International Registration Plan pursuant to section 320.0715, Florida Statutes, for motor carriers or drivers operating commercial motor vehicles that are properly registered in other jurisdictions and are participating in emergency relief efforts through the transportation of equipment and supplies or providing other assistance in the form of emergency services.
    • In conjunction with the Emergency Declaration issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, suspend through June 14, 2020, the enforcement of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSA), Parts 390-399, except as otherwise restricted by current FMCSA declarations, for motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks.

To read the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Emergency Orders in their entireties:

CONCEALED WEAPON PERMIT UPDATES

Effective May 27, 2020, our Key West Main Office and Key Largo Branch Office have resumed all Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) services.

The procedures are as follows:

  • BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. The appointments will be one customer per hour, beginning at 8:00 am, with the last appointment at 3:00 pm.
  • The customer’s temperature will be taken prior to entering the CWP room
  • Both the customer and employee will be required to wear a protective mask
  • The employee will be required to wear protective gloves while taking the customer’s fingerprints
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. If the customer is late, they will have to reschedule. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • There will only be one customer allowed in the CWP room at a time, with the exception of family members

To schedule an appointment:

Key West Main Office

  • (305) 295-5000
  • 1200 Truman Ave

Key Largo Branch Office

  • (305) 853-3562
  • 101487 Overseas Hwy

If you have any questions, please call our main office at (305) 295-5000

 

PROPERTY TAX UPDATES

  • Order of Emergency Waiver/Deviation #20-52-DOR-01 applies to all 67 Florida counties (click here for a copy of the Executive Order). Property tax is normally due by March 31 in the year following the year the taxes are assessed. The Department waived the due date so that payments remitted by April 15, 2020, for the 2019 tax year were considered timely paid. Property tax returns for railroad, railroad terminal, private car and freight line and equipment company property are normally due by April 1. Returns were timely filed if filed by April 15, 2020.

 

TOURIST DEVELOPMENT TAX UPDATES

  • The Florida Department of Revenue has waived the late fee and interest penalty for the February 2020 tax returns:
    • “The Department will waive the imposition of penalty and accrual of interest for those taxpayers who collected any of the following taxes in February 2020, but were unable to meet the due date, if the taxes are reported and remitted by March 31, 2020.” Tourist Development Tax [Section 125.0104(3)(g), F.S.]. A copy of this Emergency Order is available here.
  • Taxpayers not adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak are required to continue to file and remit on or before April 20, 2020.
  • For taxpayers adversely affected (as defined below) by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department extended the due date to April 30, 2020, for [Tourist Development] taxes collected in March.” Tourist Development Tax [Section 125.0104(3)(g), F.S.]
  • Adversely affected is defined as:
    1. The business closed in March 2020 in compliance with a state or local government order issued in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and following the closure had no taxable transactions for the taxes listed above; or
    2. The business experienced sales tax collections in March 2020 that are less than 75% of March 2019 sales tax collections; or
    3. The business was established after March 2019; or
    4. The business is registered with the Department to file quarterly
  • Taxpayers who fall within the definition of adversely affected but who are able to file and pay timely are encouraged to do so
  • A copy of this Emergency Order is available here.

 

RESIDENTIAL REENTRY STICKER UPDATES

As of June 5, 2020, Monroe County has reinstated the hurricane reentry stickers. You may pick up a reentry sticker at any of the Monroe County Tax Collector’s Offices.

The policy is as follows:

  • Must show your driver license with a Monroe County address
  • Only two decals allowed per person
  • You must show your valid vehicle registration for each decal; OR
  • Must show property tax bill and valid vehicle registration

Color Codes:

  • City of Key West – White
  • Cow Key Bridge to the Seven-Mile Bridge (Mile Marker 40) – Red
  • Mile Marker 40 to Mile Marker 64 (Marathon) – Blue
  • Mile Marker 64 to Mile Marker 113 – Yellow