Florida Vehicle Title Search

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How to run a Florida vehicle title search

A Florida vehicle title search is a simple process that will require you to have the 17 digit VIN, or vehicle identification number. A Florida vehicle title lookup will let you know if the vehicle has a clean title, if there are lien holders on the vehicle, if the vehicle has ever been in a major accident and the title was salvaged. Running a Florida vehicle title search is a “Best Practice” procedure before purchasing any used vehicle. Most of the vehicle title information you’ll need will also be in a vehicle history report which suffices for a title search as well as giving you valuable information about that used vehicle you are interested in buying. You can also find out how many owners that vehicle had and any known safety concerns or vehicle recalls.

Florida Vehicle TitleIs this Florida vehicle title clean?

Finding out if that Florida vehicle has a clean title is very important when looking to buy a used vehicle. Finding out if a vehicle still has a lien on it from an unpaid loan, or a salvaged title because it was in a major accident can a deal breaker. Without running a Florida vehicle title search these issues might not be obvious or revealed by the previous owner. A vehicle title search, or a vehicle history report, will tell you most everything you need to know about that used car before making taking ownership. Most of the time it’s up to the buyer to do their homework and learn about the vehicle’s history for themselves. Once finalizing the purchase of a used vehicle, especially if the condition is listed “As-Is“, then there is no real recourse unless there was fraud. By performing a simple vehicle history report you can find out all this important information, about the condition of the vehicle as well as the title information, before making your used car purchase and insuring that you are getting a good value for your money.

How do I get my Florida vehicle title?

If your vehicle is paid off and you don’t owe anything on your vehicle loan and their are no lien holders on the vehicle title, you should have access to your vehicle title. If for some reason you did not receive your Florida motor vehicle title, or you need a duplicate vehicle title, you can contact the Florida Highway Safety Motor Vehicle Department to get your title. You can visit their website and download and mail in the forms to obtain a duplicate vehicle title or you can visit a branch in person, which will expedite the process. You will need to provide your Florida driver’s license and pay a nominal fee, then your new title will be mailed to you on the address listed on the existing vehicle title. If you have never received your Florida vehicle title in the first place then you might want to visit an FLHSMV office in person so that there is no confusion on where to send the title and to verify all the correct information is listed on your Florida motor vehicle title.

How to run a Florida vehicle history report

Running a Florida vehicle history report is a very simple online process that only takes a few moments. You’ll need to get the 17 digit VIN number from your Florida vehicle and enter it into any number of online resources that offer vehicle history reports. These types of services will break down and decode the 17 digit vehicle identification number and provide you with all the manufacturing information about that specific vehicle as well as the vehicle report offering insights into the history of the vehicle since it’s been on the road. You might be able to find out how many previous owners there have been, accidents, recalls and known safety issues with the vehicle. You can also find out if the vehicle has a clean title, which is a very important detail to know otherwise you might not be able to transfer the vehicle title into your name until the lien is removed or the previous loan is paid off. This is a very simple and inexpensive procedure to follow before purchasing any used vehicle.


Florida Title Search - Questions & Answers

What can I find out from a Florida vehicle title search?

A Florida title search will let you know if the vehicle title is clean, possible lien holders, accidents, recalls and some previous owner information

How do I get a duplicate Florida vehicle title if I lost mine?

It's relatively simple to get a duplicate Florida vehicle title if you've lost yours or you never received one. Simply visit the Florida Highway Safety Motor Vehicle Department website, download and fill out the duplicate vehicle title forms and mail them in with the nominal fee for the duplicate title. Your new Florida vehicle title will be mailed to you withing a few weeks after processing

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    1. Barbara, our Florida vehicle record resources are only for motorized vehicles, we do not have the ability to lookup Florida title information on mobile homes

  1. THE TITLE FROM MY PARK MODEL HOME WAS LOST IN A FIRE.I WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR A DUPLICATE. I ONLY HAVE THE REGISTRATION PLATE ASSIGNED TO THE UNIT

  2. To Whom It May Concern at the State of Florida Department of Motor Vehicles:

    I bought my 1967 Austin Healy 3000 (AH 3000) car back in 1982. That same year my car was stolen. Of course, I do not have my title today from 39 years ago. Having moved multiple of times in boxes, etc., I have misplaced my AH 3000 title. Now a days, I see AU 3000s being sold privately and on Ebay. Recently, I saw one AH 3000 which looks just like mine. I was wondering how I could get my title/VIN for my 1967 AH 3000 car from the Florida DMV registry. The 1982 VIN numbers for these 1980s AH 3000s are not as long as the new VIN numbers (~11 numbers). Lastly, the last time that I contacted you a few years ago, you informed that you had transferred from microfilm to an electronic format only older car titles/VIN numbers down to the early 1990s. You informed that prior to the early 1990s, you had not transferred the titles with VINs from microfilm to a searchable electronic format. I have several questions to ask you: 1) have you gone further back than the 1990s on your microfilm-to-electronic format transferring process, 2) can you get my AH 3000 title and VIN number from the 1982 Florida DMV car registry, my name, and my Florida address, 3) if you do not have Florida DMV registries going back to the early 1980s yet, do you have someone or know of some company that will do this?, 4) if you do not, may I come into your Florida DMV office in person and look up my 1982 AH 3000 title/VIN?, and 5) do I have to go to State of Florida DMV in Tallahassee to do this or may I look this up at any of your State of Florida DMV offices?

    Thank you for your time and considerations in this personal request.

    AJ de Armendi

  3. I purchased a vehicle from a dealer in MI and the title that came with a xerox copy of a FL title. The VIN # on the title is only 10 digits. and it also shows a Title number. How can I search for this title on your system? I am trying to confirm previous ownership history and if the original title was issued in FL. I would like to register this vehicle in CA.

    1. Don, our Florida car title search resources will only work with newer vehicles, that were manufactured in the last 30 years, that have 17 digits in their VIN

  4. Hello
    I am California resident , I purchased vehicle in Florida from dealership( paid in full) , title was Ca state. When I try to register my car in CA dmv the agent asked me to get proof of letter from FL : “ Title was never issued in my name in Florida” . How I can get this letter and who should I contact.
    Please help , thank you .

    1. You will need to contact the seller or dealership to obtain this letter to get your FL car title transferred

  5. Which service in Florida should I address my inquiry about my boat? Can you tell me since I live in Québec,Canada and I do not know who to contact for the past registration of my boat in Florida.
    Thank you.

    1. How to lookup a boat title in Florida

      You can run a Florida boat title lookup by visiting the Florida FLHSMV.gov website. You will need to have the vessel registration number and the name it’s registered under. You can also call the Florida FLHSMV directly @ 850-617-2606

  6. Is it possible to have history about my boat a Hunter 28 (previous owner, designated port, date of sale,etc) registered under number FL3434DJ in Florida?

    1. Marc, our Florida vehicle title resources are only for cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles. Unfortunately we don’t have any information on Florida boat titles

  7. I moved to Indiana and brought my Jeep which is titled in Florida now I seem to have lost my title in the move.Can I please get a duplicate and how do I do this? All information is appreciated Thank you.

    1. Ronnie, you can obtain a duplicate Florida car title by contacting the Florida FLHSMV directly. You can order a copy online through their web portal or contact them directly @ 727-464-7777

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Last Updated: November 17, 2020

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