If you don’t have a certificate of title in Florida, and can’t otherwise prove ownership of the vehicle through a court decision or other means, there is a specific procedure to obtain a bonded title in Florida. In this case, the bond acts as a guarantee for the State of Florida that your ownership claim is genuine. This guide walks you through all the steps you’ll need to complete to get this title.
The Florida Lost Title Application Process
The entire application process is handled by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) Division of Motorist Services. The application is available on their website. You can find your nearest office of the FLHSMV on their location page. Each location has a phone number where you can call for any questions you may have.
Note: You cannot apply for a Florida bonded title if your vehicle has any security interests or liens on it.
Step 1: Compile the Required Documents
Along with a completed copy of the application linked above, you’ll need a completed Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and Odometer Verification Form. This form must be notarized.
Step 2: Obtain a Surety Bond
First, you’ll need to check your vehicle’s value in either the Kelly Blue Book or NADA Guide. You’ll then need to obtain a surety bond worth double your car’s value from a bond provider licensed to operate in Florida. Have the company assist you in filling out the bond form.
Step 3: Complete an Affidavit to Accompany the Bonded Title
Complete the affidavit form with all the required information about the vehicle, along with an explanation of why you do not have a title for the vehicle.
Step 4: Determine Your Fees
A list of the relevant fees you’ll need to pay to obtain your Florida bonded title is available on the FLHSMV website. Be sure to check this chart carefully, as many county agencies offer faster and slower processing times for different fees.
When your application has been completed, you must submit it, along with the required fees and proof of identity (this may include a driver’s license or other identification card), to your nearest Florida tax collector’s office.
Note: The processing time will vary based on the policies of your county office.