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Florida DMV Says You Must Register Out-of-State Vehicles – The VIN/Odometer Verification Process

Florida DMV Says You Must Register Out-of-State Vehicles

The VIN/Odometer Verification Process

When applying for a Florida title for the first time on a used motor vehicle, Florida law requires the owner to sign a sworn statement that the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the odometer reading on the vehicle are correct.

You have 30 days to register and title your vehicle with your local DHSMV once you:

  • Begin working in the state.
  • Register your children for a Florida school.
  • Establish FL residency through rental, lease, or purchase of an apartment or house.

You will be required to title your car or truck in the state of Florida at the same time as you register it. You can title the vehicle without registering it, but it will be illegal to drive the vehicle if it is not registered.

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Used vehicles with out-of-state titles must have a VIN number inspection in Florida whenever the owner needs to title or register them in the state. Note: I’ve heard people refer to it as a Florida VIN Check; it’s the same thing. Along with the VIN inspection, owners must complete an application for Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification. The form for this is HSMV 82042, which can be found at

Some owners either don’t have tags on the vehicle, in the case of an antique, or may have a vehicle that they’ve recently resurrected from storage, and are unable to legally drive the vehicle to have it verified. This is where Mobile Notary Tampa comes to the rescue. We will travel to where the vehicle is located to verify the VIN and notarize the HSMV 82042 for you, making the whole process much easier.

To have your VIN verified and Notarized at your location, call or text us at (813) 591-0820.

I am not an attorney. The information above is not legal advice and should not be taken as such.

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