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We are Canadians spending under 6 months at our home in

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We are Canadians spending under 6 months at our home in Naples. We would like to bring a 2015 Ford Escape and leave the vehicle in Florida permanently which we intend to insure in Florida.
Is there a procedure to follow.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.

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Yes. The following has to be done to do so.

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

  1. Go to the nearest Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle office.
  2. Bring one's car title, proof of ID and auto insurance card.
  3. You will need to have a VIN inspection and odometer reading completed at a participating mechanic shop before going to the DHSMV.
  4. Pay the initial $225 vehicle registration fee, title fees, plate fees, and taxes.

Local Tax Collector's Office

  1. This is for registration,
  2. Bring the following documentation with you when getting your car registration,
    • Valid Florida drivers license
    • Proof of Florida car insurance
    • Your out-of-state car title
  3. Fill out the Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification Form HSMV 82042.
  4. Bring a signed and completed Application for Certificate of Title With/Without Registration (Form HSMV 82040).
  5. Pay a registration fee.

Your vehicle should now be registered in Florida.

Note that depending on the specifics, nuanced other steps may also be required.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thanks but the information is very general and obtainable on line. Canadians can no longer get a Florida driver's license without a social security number.
I thought you would supply me with either an auto title company in Naples like Boca Title on the East Coast.
The information is still confusing as to the number of steps that I may or may not have to take and are not specific enough.
I can get the same but more specific information at the DHSMV office.
Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.
My apologies. I do not see anywhere in your original question where you are asking to be recommended an auto title company. I would have been happy to do so.
I will opt out of the question, then. All the best.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Thanks Ely.