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Old 07-01-2010, 19:06   #16
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Wow, I just registered to this website simply to ask a related question...I just bought a Columbia 23' in Florida, and will be living here for the next 90+ days. The title is a florida title(and has been signed over to me, and I also have a seperate bill of sale), and when I walk into the florida DMV to register and retitle the boat in my name they tell me I have to show proof of being a state this actually a requirement to be issued a florida title, or are they messing with me because the sale price of the boat was $400 and in there eyes I might be more on the liability rather than the cash cow side of the spectrum? It's a pain, because my home state(MD) requires that the out of state title be accompanied with a Notarized bill of sale in order to issue me an MD title. I'm pissed and this situation is lame, if anybody has advice on the fastest way I can get this thing legal, let me know(can I register it as an out of stater in any other state nearby?)



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Old 08-01-2010, 04:54   #17
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In my recent experience I registered two dinghys and one large vessel in florida with only a Florida mailing address and an out of state ID. If you're going to be here for 90 days,give them the address of where you'll be.
They charge by the foot and do not consider the sale price.
If you think the registration people are difficult, wait till you meet the water police.

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Old 08-01-2010, 10:00   #18
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got a friends address?

It is very wierd. My documented vessel still needed a FL registration tag. and Yes I needed a Fl address to get it. Fortunately I have friends in FL "where I live sometimes" As long as they had an address it worked fine with no questions asked.... and they send my yearly registration to my home in WA state! Just work the system, it's good practice for if you ever sail to the third world, just work the system, just work the system..... ad infinitum.........

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