Sorry. lightweight, but about two years ago I know
Florida actually got over $400 (well over 400) for a lightweight 2+2 car forced to transfer title in from out of state. It would easily go over $500 for a full sized car, or something heavier. They do state, today, that the "basic fee" is $85.25 for out of state vehicles coming in--but that's basic, not complete. As I remember the form, there were multiple line items to be added onto the basic fee. Maybe I'm misrecalling that registration
gets added into that as well, but the total amount
was whopping compared to other states.
Then again, maybe I'm also thinking of the total
, which includes...what is it, $250 for one illegible license plate? Heck, I think two plates are only $25 in most states. For $250 I'd expect at least something hand-decorated by the junior staff at Tiffany's. Or licensed by Disney.(G)
I think we're well past time for a federal registration, title, and plate issuance, and let the state beancounters find a more honest way to make a living.
On the sales tax, they only charge the difference between what you paid when you bought it, and what FL would charge you if you bought it in FL today. Most states do that...but that does seem illegal, since there's no nexus for taxation on a transaction that occurred in another place, in another time, with a then-non-resident of a venue. I could see it for recent purchases that might be trying to dodge taxes
...but FL even wants it on 25 year old purchases. That's grounds for a Boston Tea Party, except of course, they cleverly screw non-residents who are non-voters, who would have to take up arms since they can't vote. Yet. (Oh, wait, they can't vote yet, but they can buy arms! Isn't that convenient?(G)
, which will issue extensions but no exemptions, FL is very obliging to issue complete and long-lasting exemptions. You may need a note, or to explain a good circumstance, i.e. "We'll be at sea for the next ten years". But in FL that will get you removed form the jury list, where in NYC
they would say "That's nice, but we have airports, figure out how to use one, or we'll issue a summons anyway."