I have bragged on the Florida DMV several times. I have dealt with about 6 different states concerning tax, tags etc, and by far Florida wins hands down. We still pay taxes in NC on houses owned there. WE try to live off the debit card as much as possible, it was natural for Sherry to ask the NC tax lady could she use 'The Card' for payment. Certainly, but I must advise you there is a processing fee. How much is it? Asked my girl. I was expecting to hear $1.50-$4. But I nearly fell over when she said for that amount it will be $75.
WHAT? Naturally Sherry wrote a check.
This post came up because I just realized I had not renewed our Florida tags. I was waiting to see if we had to change the address when we applied for the Homestead Exemption. I forgot, therefore we are late. I renewed on line. The fee for using a credit card is the standard $2. That is $1 per vehicle. It saves me going to the tax office.
One other thing I like about Florida's Vehicle Title transfer, no notary required. If you make a deal with s seller at 6PM on Saturday or even Sunday, There is no need to visit a Notary. To me that is only common sense. Anyone with a little experience knows they can find a Notary to sign 'after the fact' because they know you. I have done it and most of my friends have. A requirement easily circumvented.
There is a stiff penalty if your vehicle is signed over to someone and it is not your’s or the buyer’s signature. The same penalty for signing the wrong signature before a notary. But for the law abiding citizen it is one less hoop of government tape to jump thru.
(Note the photo below. It is easy to be nice to a natural enemy if you aren't hungry!)
One last 'atta boy' to Florida. 30-40 years ago in Florida I had to get the yearly inspection. It was a tough inspection, almost at tough as Virginia at the time. As the years rolled on by, a study was done, proving that inspections did not save lives or prevent accidents. So Florida logically dropped their vehicle inspections. There is a study done periodically of the state of the air we breath. If emissions need checking, there is provision for forcing emissions tests in counties where the air is dirty.
There are reasons to enjoy Florida other than the sun…