To: Tax Collectors and License Plate Agents

From: Carl A. Ford, Director

Subject: Executive Order 03-147

Advisory Date: 8/29/03

Implementation Date: Immediately

Advisory Number: T03-08

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has been authorized to waive the fees for duplicate or replacement motor vehicle license plates, registration certificates, title certificates, and duplicate or replacement drivers licenses, for the residents of communities in northern Palm Beach County, who lost these items due to the tornado which struck on August 7, 2003, causing substantial damage to hundreds of homes and businesses in these communities. The waiver shall be effective for a period of 60 days from August 8, 2003. In addition, the department is authorized to waive fees imposed by law for late renewal or applications for the above documents and licenses, which were delayed due to the effects of the adverse weather conditions.

Most of these transactions will take place in Palm Beach County, however, some residents of Palm Beach County affected by the tornado may have relocated to other counties but would still qualify for the exemption. The customer must provide proof they were residing in Palm Beach County at the time of the tornado. Verifying the zip code associated with the customer's address in FRVIS would be one example. Palm Beach County has identified two zip codes of the area affected by the tornado as 33404 and 33410. Other areas outside the two zip code locations listed above may also have been affected. All applicants applying for the exemption should attest that their certificate of title, registration, etc., was destroyed due to the tornado.

If an affected customer applies for one of the items listed above, you must contact your Help Desk for assistance. A Help Desk representative will set the exempt flag for your agency, wait while you process the transaction (s) and then remove the exempt flag.

The ability to exempt transactions will conclude October 7, 2003.

If you have any questions regarding the above information, please contact your DMV Field Support Help Desk at (850) 921-6987.