September 24, 2010


TO:                  Tax Collectors and License Plate Agencies


FROM:             Carl A. Ford, Director

                        Division of Motor Vehicles


SUBJECT:         October 2010 FRVIS Release


            The October Release will be sent to all test sites on September 24, 2010.  The statewide release is scheduled for download the weekend of October 1, 2010.


            Attached is a copy of the modification log that you should read over and familiarize yourself with prior to the release.  The modification log is a tremendous help in understanding the changes in FRVIS.


            If you encounter any problems related to the release, please check the FRVIS Release Issue Board to determine if the problem has already been reported, and if so, if there is a work-around.  If the problem is not on the log and you still have questions, please call your Field Support Center Help Desk Representative.

















*** Release Issues

      Don't forget to check this link on the Motorist Services page of PartnerNet under System Status before calling the Field Support Center to report problems related to the new release.


  1.  The following new voluntary contributions have been added to the system: League Against Cancer/La Liga Contra el Cancer, Prevent Child Sexual Abuse, Ronald McDonald House, Florida Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, Blind Babies and Blind Youth Services, and The ARC of Florida.
  2. The following seven new specialty plates have been added to the system. Each plate charges a $25.00 specialty fee. The personalized configuration for each of these plates is limited to 5 characters. Inventory and images for these plates will be available soon.

Fraternal Order of Police (ORR, ORP, ORA)

Hispanic Achievers (HVR, HVP, HVA)

Catch Me, Release Me (CER, CEP, CEA)

Discover Florida’s Horses (HFR, HFP, HFA)

Save Wild Florida (FBR, FBP, FBA)

St. John’s River (SJR, SJP, SJA)

Endless Summer (ESR, ESP, ESA)

  1. Two new acquired by codes have been added, Airport Abandoned (A) and Insurance Unclaimed (U).
  2. A new body code, 3W, is now available for automobiles that have 3 wheels (tri-vehicles). These vehicles will follow the same rules for registration as any other automobile.
  3. The combined amount of state sales tax and local option sales tax charged on vessels purchased or imported to Florida on or after July 1, 2010 has been capped at $18,000.
  4. Beginning with the Children First (CIR) and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFR) specialty plates, before a new specialty plate is manufactured, 1,000 pre-sale vouchers must be sold for that plate. Processing of both types of vouchers, regular and pre-sales, will occur using the existing Specialty Plate Voucher transaction under the Miscellaneous Revenue menu option. There is no difference in the processing of these types of vouchers. The system determines whether or not the voucher issued is a pre-sale voucher based on the sales status of the license plate type and then prints the correct type of voucher. The image of the plate will be printed on the pre-sales voucher when it becomes available.
  5. A pre-sales voucher cannot be used until the associated license plate has become authorized or has failed to meet the minimum sales requirement within 2 years of the initial selling date. If the license plate on the pre-sales voucher becomes authorized, the voucher can only be used with the issuance or renewal of the specified license plate. If the license plate on the pre-sales voucher has failed to meet the minimum sales requirement, the pre-sales voucher can be used for the issuance or renewal of any other authorized license plate type or the voucher can be submitted to DHSMV for a refund. A regular voucher can only be used for the issuance or renewal of the license plate specified on the voucher; it cannot be refunded.
  6. The SPV Applied (Specialty Plate Voucher Applied) field on the fee screen has always shown the amount of fees not charged in the transaction because these fees were paid by using a voucher. This is still true. But when a pre-sale voucher is used for the issuance or renewal of a specialty plate, the fee screen will look different.  The list of fees will display a positive amount for the annual usage fee of the specialty plate that was issued and a negative amount for the annual usage fee of the specialty plate associated with the voucher. The SPV Applied field will only show the portion of the processing fee that was paid when the voucher was purchased ($5.00). When the SPV Applied field is added to the total fees charged, the result will equal the total fees that would have been due if no voucher had been used.
  7. A new Derelict Vessel customer stop has been added. A Derelict Vessel stop against a customer will prevent the renewal of any registration owned or partially owned by that customer except for a mobile home registration. It will not prevent an Original registration nor will it prevent a Registration Transfer, Transfer of Vessel/Vehicle Registration Ownership, or Replacement Registration as long as tax months minus credit months is not greater than 11. A Derelict Vessel stop can only be cleared by DMV.
  8. A new indicator, Legislative, has been added to the Registration Query and Registration History screen. A check in this box indicates that the plate on this registration is embossed with a type of legislative office and whether owned by the legislator himself or by someone associated with the legislator, it must be replaced when that legislator leaves office. Legislative plates are ordered and issued at DHSMV but may be processed or replaced with a regular or specialty plate at any FRVIS agency. The system will require a legislative plate to be replaced when the legislator’s term has ended. Use of the replacement reason LO (Leaving Office) when a legislative plate is replaced will be allowed only when the expiration date on the registration is past the end of the legislator’s term.
  9. The replacement reason of LO (leaving office) will now allow a specialty plate to be issued. The annual use fee and processing fees will be charged but the Original License Plate fee will be exempted when LO is used.
  10. The following military plates issued in class 037 are now allowed to have biennial registrations: Disabled Veterans, Medal of Honor, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Purple Heart, Ex-POW, Gold Star Family, and Paralyzed Veterans of America. 
  11. The All US Jurisdictions check box on the Jurisdiction screen for Temporary Operational Permits has been removed. Each jurisdiction requested by the carrier must be checked individually.
  12. When processing a TOP, the US DOT number and TIN (taxpayer identification number) of the carrier responsible for safety must be entered. Beginning January 1, 2011, FRVIS will communicate with the US DOT database. If the carrier responsible for safety has a safety suspension or does not have a current MCS150 form on file, the TOP will be denied. The Bureau of Motor Carrier Services will be distributing information to all agencies about how to assist the customer on correcting these problems so that he can obtain the TOP.
  13. When the PRINT button is pressed to complete a TOP transaction, the image of the TOP will be presented in Internet Explorer.  You must manually print the TOP before exiting Internet Explorer.
  14. An error was introduced to the system in connection with Temporary Transfer that caused the plate to be detached from the vehicle in certain situations when a transaction was voided. This error has been corrected.
  15. Most registrations that expire in December may be renewed as early as September but transporter plates cannot be renewed until October. The message that was being returned when renewal of a transporter plate was attempted in September suggested that the transporter plate was connected to a dealer license that needed to be renewed. This message was misleading and has been corrected to read: Renewal can be performed after 10/1/2010.
  16. A Derelict Vehicle Certificate can be issued to a vehicle that is 10 years old. The calculation of the age of the vehicle has been changed (for Derelict Vehicle Certificates only) to use the year of the vehicle as the first year. Therefore in 2010, a vehicle with the year make of 2001 is eligible for a Derelict Vehicle certificate.
  17. A new field, Authorized Destruction Date, has been added to Title Inquiry and Title History Inquiry. This field displays the first day that the metal recycler or salvage dealer who obtained a Derelict Vehicle Certificate is authorized to destroy the vehicle.
  18. When a Derelict Vehicle Certificate is issued, any lien existing on the vehicle that is 3 years old or older will be systematically deleted. If a lien exists that is less than 3 years old, the Derelict Vehicle Certificate will still be issued, but a vehicle stop, Derelict Vehicle, will be placed against the vehicle. This stop will prevent all title activity except for a lien satisfaction. It can only be cleared by DHSMV.
  19. Another new type of vehicle stop, Derelict Vehicle Administrative stop, will get added by DHSMV if a lienholder responds with the intent to reclaim the vehicle within 10 days of the issuance of the Derelict Vehicle Certificate. This stop will also prevent all title activity except for a lien satisfaction and may only be cleared by DHSMV.
  20. On the DHSMV website under On Line Services, customers may track the number of pre-sale vouchers that have been sold for each license plate type available for pre-sale.