Liens and Titles
Electronic Liens and Titles (ELT)
An electronic title provides the same information as a paper title and requires the same documents as a paper title when applying for one. Title documents and applications for electronic titles are handled in the same manner as paper titles. Electronic titles are maintained on the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (the department) database pursuant to section 319.24, Florida Statutes.
If you are a military servicemember or veteran, please visit the department’s Military and Veteran Information Section.
On an electronic title, lien notifications and satisfactions are transmitted electronically between the Department and the lienholder. When an electronic lien is satisfied, the title will then remain electronic until a request for paper title is received.
The Department has implemented an Electronic Lien and Titling system (ELT) designed to assist lienholders as well as vehicle owners. The ELT system reduces the handling, storage and mailing costs associated with paper titles by replacing them with electronic titles. Lienholders who join the program and customers that maintain an electronic title may enjoy the following benefits:
- Reduced title fraud;
- Reduction of title paper usage;
- Reduced chances of lost titles;
- Faster notification of lien satisfactions;
- Reduction in storage of title documents;
- Access to expedited title printing;
- Better customer service; and
- Reduced costs.
You do not need to request a paper title prior to trading your vehicle with a Florida dealership.
If you are selling your vehicle, rather than trading it with a Florida dealership, you will need to request a paper title be printed in order to transfer ownership to the purchaser or by visiting a local motor vehicle service center.