To: Tax Collectors and License Plate Agents

From: Carl A. Ford, Director

Subject: Electronic Title (E-Title) Implementation Date

Advisory Date: 08/03/07 Implementation Date: Immediately

Advisory Number: T07-04





We intend to implement the first phase of the electronic title process on August 15, 2007. The following procedures have been updated:


                     TL-05, Duplicate and Lost In Transit Titles

                     TL-11, Transfer of Florida Certificate of Title

                     TL-12, Duplicate and Lost In Transit With Transfer

                     TL-36, Total Loss Settlements Involving Insurance Companies


Attached is the notice that is being sent out to ELT participants and dealers informing them of the implementation date. Also attached, is the letter that will be sent to the customer in lieu of the title when the electronic lien is satisfied.


We are excited to offer this service to our customers and we appreciate your continued cooperation as we move forward with this process.


If you have any questions, please contact your Tax Collector Help Desk Representative.









IMPORTANT NOTICE – E-Title Implementation


The Florida Division of Motor Vehicles intends to implement the electronic title process (E-Title) effective August 15, 2007.


When an ELT lienholder satisfies a lien, the attached letter will be mailed to the owner to let them know that the title will remain electronic.


Lien holders will continue to be allowed to enter a mail-to address when someone other than the owner needs to be notified that the lien has been satisfied. The only time the expedited process should be used is when the record is converted to paper, without the lien being satisfied, and the lien holder wants to pick the title up from the tag office the following day rather than having it mailed to them.


An insurance company that has satisfied the lien as a result of a total loss claim must comply with the requirements outlined on page six of DMV Procedure TL-36.


Form HSMV 82994, Motor Vehicle Title Reassignment Supplement, has been modified to allow the owner to reassign ownership when a vehicle is traded to a dealer. The dealer will continue to use reassignment forms until the vehicle is sold to the end purchaser. The purchaser would still be required to complete an application and all other required documentation would be applicable.


Dealers must make sure the lien has been satisfied and the record is electronic before reassigning the vehicle to another dealer or a new purchaser without having the paper title in their possession. This can be accomplished by visiting the department’s website at and clicking on “Motor Vehicle Check”.


Auctions may require dealers to submit a paper title in case the vehicle is being shipped to another state. Dealers and auctions will be allowed to request a paper title by presenting the original form HSMV 82994, Motor Vehicle Title Reassignment Supplement, to the Tax Collector’s Office. A paper title will be printed in the dealer’s name. The dealer can request an expedited title at the tax collector’s office by paying the $7 fast title fee.


We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to working with you to ensure the successful implementation of this process.























Title Number: 12345678 Year: 2002

Vehicle Identification Number: 1FABP234567AR11213141 Make: CHEV


Dear Customer:


The lien on the vehicle described above has been satisfied. The title will remain electronic unless the owner requests that a paper title be printed. Electronically maintaining the title to the vehicle eliminates the risk of loss and having to pay fees to obtain a duplicate title. It also reduces the risk of fraud because potential thieves will not have access to your title.





Our goal is to provide our customers with the most cost effective and efficient service possible. The electronic title process brings us one step closer to that goal.


If you have any questions concerning this process, you may contact your local county tax collector’s office or our Customer Service Center at (850) 617-2000.