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Title by Mail
What is required to process my title transaction by mail?

Visit our title by mail page (https://www.taxcollector.com/titlebymail/index.cfm) to see if you qualify for this service. If you qualify, you'll use our step-by-step wizard for completing your title by mail packet. This wizard includes documentation requirements and an estimate of fees. We cannot process your title work without a mail packet. Paperwork not accompanied by a complete and accurate mail packet will result in delay or rejection and may require us to return all paperwork to the sender.

Payment must be submitted with the mail packet. Acceptable methods of payment are check, money order, debit card, or credit card. If paying by debit or credit card, the Credit/Debit Card Authorization Form must be completed and submitted with the mail packet. Our office does not accept cash payments through the mail.

Note: Some transactions cannot be completed by mail and must be dropped off at our DeSoto Office. Read our specialized transactions FAQ for more information.

How long does it take to complete my title by mail?

When processing a title transaction by mail, the turnaround time is six business days from the receipt of the mail packet. After six business days, plus transit and delivery time of three to five days, you may use the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' vehicle information check service (services.flhsmv.gov/mvcheckweb/) to verify the title status. Our office will not provide the title status by telephone or in person. It is highly recommended that you send your mail packet via overnight or certified mail. The sender is responsible for confirming delivery status with the mail provider (i.e., FedEx, UPS, and USPS). 
How can I find out the status of my title transaction?

Provide your email address when you complete the mail packet to receive status updates when your packet is received, and once it is processed/returned. Our office is unable to confirm receipt, or provide the status of a mail packet in person or by phone. 
Can I come in person to process the title after its been submitted by mail?

Once your transaction has been initiated by mail, it must be completed by mail. You may not start the transaction by mail and finish it in person. Our office will not notify you to come in person to process a title that was mailed to our office. In order to process your title work in person, you must schedule an appointment to bring all of the paperwork into one of our offices and sit with an associate. 
What happens if I am missing paperwork?

If an incomplete mail packet is mailed to our office, the transaction will be rejected. Our office will not contact the customer to request additional documents or fees. Customers do not have the option of coming into one of our offices to complete the transaction or drop off missing paperwork. All required documents, including the total fees due, must be submitted by mail.
Where do I mail my paperwork?

It is highly recommended that you send your mail packet via overnight or certified mail to:
Ken Burton, Jr., Tax Collector
Attn: Operations
819 301 Blvd W
Bradenton, FL34205

Note: Allow 10-14 business days for processing and mail time. If you want to expedite the return of your documents, you must supply our office with a prepaid envelope. Envelopes stating "Bill Sender" (or similar) with our office listed as the sender will not be used.
How do I get my title?

Our office does not offer expedited title service by mail. The title will be printed and mailed from the the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in Tallahassee. Mailing time is approximately 10-14 business days from the day your transaction is processed.
Did you pay off a lien and need to print your title to paper?

Request your title online - or scan the QR code to access the site

It is less expensive and more convenient! The cost per title is only $2.50 and the service is avaliable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your paper title will be mailed to you within 7-10 business days. Read our electronic titles publication (www.taxcollector.com/cip/cip-view.cfm?cip=93) for more information.

Additional Information for Lienholders, Lease Companies, and Dealers

If you initiate your customer's title work by mail, your customer must complete the transaction by mail; our office will not notify your customer to come in person to process a title that you sent us. If your customer wishes to process the title in person, you must mail the paperwork directly to your customer instead of our office. 

If your customer wishes to add or remove a name, you must mail the title and applicable paperwork directly to the customer to complete the transaction in person at one of our offices.

All titles submitted by mail for customers who are already on "registration only" status will be rejected and returned to the sender.

Titles mailed directly to our office by out-of-state lienholders to transfer to Florida will be returned to the lienholder. The title must be sent to the owner, who will be required to schedule an appointment to process the transaction in one of our offices.

TitlebyMail – Last Update: 07/06/2022