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I am active duty or retired military. Are there any special pricing, privileges or exemptions available for me when titling or registering a car, truck or motorcycle?
This answer has been viewed 14290 times and was last updated on 06/26/2017.
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Not a Manatee County resident?  Effective 7/24/17, Out-of-County residents needing to process title and/or registration transactions for vehicles, boats, and mobile homes can only be served at First Manatee South County Tag Agency, located at 5756 14th St W, Bradenton.

Florida Residents may be entitled to certain exemptions.  If you are stationed outside of Florida, you may qualify for:

  • Sales Tax exemption when titling and registering vehicles purchased out of state that are being kept out of Florida for at least 6 months.  You must select the "Sales Tax Exemption" option on the Military Affidavit, comply with the requirements listed, and sign/print the document to submit with your application.
  • $225 Initial Registration Fee (IRF) exemption for original plates. (You may also qualify for this if stationed in Florida.)  You must select the "US Armed Forces" exemption on the IRF Exemption Affidavit, comply with the requirements listed, and sign/print the document to submit with your application.
  • Insurance exemption, which allows a military member to submit out-of-state insurance when registering motor vehicles.  You must select the "Florida Insurance Exemption" option on the Military Affidavit, comply with the requirements listed, and sign/print the document to submit with your application.
  • You may qualify for one of the many military specialty plates available in Florida.  Visit the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' military plate information page for more details.

Would you like to complete your transaction by mail?  Visit our Title by Mail page.

Out-of-state residents stationed here in Florida due to military orders may be exempt from certain registration taxes, subject to proof of eligibility.

 
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