Vehicle Tag Registration and Renewal

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vehicle Registrations expire midnight of the first registered owner’s birthday. Vehicle Registration Notices are mailed to the owner’s address, typically 2 months prior to the expiration date. If you do not receive a Vehicle Registration Notice, you can bring your current Vehicle Registration, with proof of insurance, in person to our office, or mail to the address below. You may also Renew Online. Proof of insurance (binder, policy, or card) from a certified Florida insurance agent or broker is required to purchase and renew a license plate in Florida. Motorcycles, mobile homes and trailers are exempt from the insurance requirement.

Dixie County Tax Collector
Michelle F. Cannon, CFC
PO Box 5040
Cross City, Florida 32628


Upon the initial application for registration on a motor vehicle, a $225.00 initial registration fee may be imposed. This fee applies to private automobiles, motor homes, and trucks weighing less than 5,000 pounds. There are exemptions to this fee, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Transfer of a license plate from a motor vehicle that has been disposed or is currently not in operable condition to a newly acquired motor vehicle
  • Registration renewal
  • Transfer of title between co-owners


Members of the Armed Forces stationed in Florida, but who maintain their legal residence outside the State of Florida, are classified as non-resident military and are eligible for special registration rates. To qualify for the special rates, Florida law requires that the vehicle owner must submit a copy of their military orders, out of state driver’s license, current out of state registration, and proof of insurance.

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) must be verified by a Tax Collector employee, Florida notary, Florida motor vehicle dealer, or a state or military law enforcement officer. Form HSMV 82042.

Regular rates will apply if the non-resident’s status changes. Also, if military orders transfer the owner out of the state of Florida, they are no longer entitled to Florida registration.


Specialty tags may be purchased at the Tax Collector’s office. These plates carry unique designs, that were created to honor specific organizations. In addition to the annual license tax, there is an annual user’s fee ranging from $15.00 to $25.00 which goes to the particular organization for that license plate. Additionally there is an annual $2.80 processing fee and a $28.00 fee each time a new plate is issued. The user fee and processing fee are charged each year in addition to the registration fee, upon renewal.

Application for personalized tags may be ordered any time from your local Tax Collector’s office. A $28.00 plate fee and $17.00 personalization fee is charged, upon initial application, in addition to the registration fee. The $17.00 personalization fee is charged each year upon renewal. Specialty license plates can also be personalized for the additional annual costs of the specialty tag.

If your current tag is 10 years old, you must order your new personalized tag two (2) months ahead of expiration. A Personalized License Plate Application is available at the Tax Collector’s office or you may click here to download form HSMV 83043.