Boat Titles and Registration
What Are Special Decal Fees?
Protected Species Turtle Decals $ 5.00
Protected Species Manatee Decals $ 5.00
For More information on this call (850) 922-4330 or 1-888-404-3922 (FWCC)
Additional information on vessels can be obtained by Clicking Here....
What are the Boat Registartion Fees?
|Vessels less than 12’ and motorized canoes:||$ 8.75|
|Vessels 12’ or more and less than 16’:||$ 15.75|
|Vessels 16’ or more and less than 26’:||$ 23.75|
|Vessels 26’ or more and less than 40’:||$ 55.75|
|Vessels 40’ or more and less than 65’:||$ 87.75|
|Vessels 65’ or more and less than 110’:||$103.75|
|Vessels 110’ or more in length:||$127.75|
|Dealer Registration:||$ 21.75|
|Documented Vessels (length of boat in addition):||$ 1.00|
|Antique Vessels:||$ 4.75|
For antique vessels a authentic decal is issued one time from the State of Florida for pleasure boats only, for vessels 30 years or older.
What are the Boat Title Fees?
Title Application (new, homemade) $ 5.75
Title Transfers (Florida only) $ 5.75
Out-of-State $ 9.75
Duplicate Title $ 6.75
All Boat Title Applications and Title Transfers are susceptible to State Sales Tax.
What are the Statutes for Vessels in Florida?
Florida Statutes 327 and 328 regulate the administration and enforcement of vessel registration and titling laws, as well as boating safety.
What Must be done if I have a Documented Vessel?
All federally documented vessels which are relocated to this state and are domiciled here for greater than 90 days must obtain a Florida registration. Documented vessels are not required to be titled in the State of Florida.
When Must a Canoe be Registered?
Pursuant to section 327.25(1) Florida Statute, only canoes which are propelled by motors must be registered.
When Must My Vessel Be Titled in the State of Florida?
All vessels operated on the waters of Florida shall be numbered and titled pursuant to Chapter 328 Florida Statutes except federally documented vessels owned by the United States Government, a state of political subdivisions thereof, out of state vessels which are registered in another state and used in this state for a period of less than 90 days, vessels used on private ponds, (non-motorized vessels less than 16’) or an amphibious vessel for which a title is issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in the State of Florida.
What is a concealed weapon or firearm license?
A concealed weapon or firearm license (CWL, also sometimes called a concealed/carry permit) allows individuals with valid licenses to carry weapons (as defined in Chapter 790, Florida Statutes) or firearms concealed on their persons.
Who can get a concealed weapon license?
Requirements are outlined in state law. You must be a U.S. Citizen or legal resident alien and 21 years of age (service members as defined in Section 250.01, Florida Statutes, and honorably discharged veterans of the United States Armed Forces can apply at 18) and meet certain requirements regarding criminal history. Felons are not eligible.
How long does it take to process my application?
The state is allowed 90 days from the date of receiving a complete application to process the application and either issue a license or deny the application. An incomplete application
(application not signed, unanswered questions, etc.), not submitting required supporting documents, illegible fingerprint submissions, or an applicant's criminal history may result in extended processing times.
The department is now expediting all Florida concealed weapon or firearm license applications submitted by active military members and veterans.
Active military personnel who want to apply for a concealed weapon license should include a copy of their Common Access Card or other form of official military identification with their applications. The department will also accept a copy of service members' current orders as proof of active duty status.
Honorably discharged veterans should submit a copy of their DD 214 long form with their applications.
Where can an applicant apply for a license?
Interested individuals can apply by mail or in person at eight regional offices across the state. Approved tax collectors' offices began accepting applications in 2014. Appointments are required in FDACS Regional Offices; applicants should contact tax collectors directly to determine whether an appointment will be required in order to apply at an approved tax collector's office.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses
Where and How do I Apply for Licenses and Permits?
The Tax Collector’s Office and Tax Collector Satellite Offices handle all Licenses and Permits of the following type:
Hunting, Combination Hunting/Freshwater Fishing/Salt, Sportsman, Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing, 5-Year and Lifetime, Saltwater Vessel and Saltwater Pier, Disability, Trapping, and Senior Citizen (optional).
Freshwater & Saltwater Fishing, Hunting, and Trapping
Permits (non-residents and residents)
Management Area, Waterfowl, Turkey, Archery, Muzzle loading, and Migratory Bird. Federal Stamps, i.e., migratory bird, are purchased at the US Postal Office.
PROPER IDENTIFICATION AND AGENT/COUNTY FEES
When purchasing a fishing and/or hunting license always have proof of identification with you such as a Florida Drivers License for residents or Drivers License from your home state. Fees vary only if you purchase from a sub-agent. The sub-agent is allowed to receive an extra $.50 fee for their service and for Putnam County an additional $1.00 fee is added for the "fish fund" to any freshwater license, which is to keep our boat ramps, fishing areas, etc in condition.
LENGTH OF LICENSES
All licenses are good for 12 months from specified beginning date. There is an advance date option for licenses which is beneficial to all license holders. (Licenses cannot be renewed/issued more than 60 days in advance.)
Senior Citizens (65 years+) only need there Florida Drivers License. Senior Citizens 65 years of age or older can obtain a complimentary card in the Tax Collector’s Office and Tax Collector Satellite Offices with proper resident identification. A "senior" who is 64 years of age may obtain a Sportsman License in the Tax Collector’s Office which is a Permanent Hunting and Fishing License for the price of $14.50, also with proper resident identification.
There are exemptions for freshwater, saltwater, and hunting licenses. For current and up to date laws pertaining to exemptions, disability, commercial fishing, Click Here....
Who can sell me a License and/or Permit?
The Tax Collector is an agent of the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission for the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, for both residents and non-residents.
The Tax Collector also has agents which are called sub-agents where licenses may be purchased.
The following is a list of our sub-agents:
- K-Mart - Palatka - 386-325-5315
- Westside Bait - Palatka - 386-328-4035
- Walmart - Palatka - 386-328-6733
- Georgetown Marina - Georgetown - 386-467-2002
- Sub-agents do not handle Disability, 5-Yr/Lifetime, Senior Citizen Cards, Commercial Fishing, Vessel and Pier Licenses.
- Some sub-agents handle Fishing Licenses ONLY.
Kids Tag Art
What is Kids Tag Art??
We have a youth-oriented opportunity we would like to share with all our local summer camps; it is an art project that connects our children to something they see in their daily activates: car license tags.
Specialty license plates allow for an entity/organization which is a Not for Profit approved by the State of Florida to bring visibility to their cause as well as earn money. Through the issuance of a Specialty License Plate
We have a different twist on this for our children; our office has embarked on offering the opportunity, for fun and artwork, to our community children to express some important value of theirs with the ability to put it on a license plate… I need to add here that it will not be eligible for State approval however, it can be fun, artsy and mindful for our children.
Real Estate Tax Deeds
Specific Tax Deed Information?
If the taxpayer does not redeem the outstanding Tax Certificates, the certificate holder can apply for a Tax Deed. The certificate must be two years old before they can apply for a Tax Deed. The property owner is notified of the action and if the taxes are still not paid, the property will be auctioned off by the Clerk of the Circuit Court to the highest bidder, in a public sale. Application for a Tax Deed is made to the Tax Collector’s Office.
What happens if the property is Homestead property?
If the property is assessed on the latest certified tax roll as homestead property, the opening bid will be increased to one-half of the assessed value of the property as listed on the current year’s tax roll.
If there are no bids higher than the opening bid, the land will be sold to the applicant provided that one-half of the assessed value is made. If there are bids higher than the opening bid, the land shall be sold to the highest bidder, provided that payment of one-half of the assessed value is made. If the applicant is not the successful bidder all monies will be refunded to the applicant. A title holder of record of the property shall have the right to redeem the property prior to the sale date by making payment to the Tax Collector. Upon payment, the Tax Collector shall post all records to indicate that an Application for Tax Deed has been redeemed. The Collector shall refund to the applicant all funds received for the redemption of the Tax Deed Application by the 20th of the month.
What is the cost of a Tax Deed Application?
Any certificate holder making application for a Tax Deed shall pay the Tax Collector a $150.00 Title Search fee and a $75.00 Tax Deed Application fee, redeem all outstanding tax certificates not in their possession, and pay current taxes if applicable. They must also pay the Clerk of the Court costs and Sheriff’s costs. Upon receipt from the Tax Collector of the Tax Collector’s certification and the Tax Deed Application, the clerk shall publish a notice of the pending sale once each week for four consecutive weeks at weekly intervals in a local newspaper. The clerk shall hold a public auction at the time and place stated in the notice. The statutory (opening) bid required by the Clerk of the Court shall be the original amount certified by the Tax Collector to the clerk, the costs and fees of the Clerk of the Court and the Sheriff, the Tax Deed Applicant’s Statutory interest at the rate of 1.5% per month for the period running from the month after the date of application for the deed through the month of sale.
Real Estate Taxes
Can I make Installment Payments?
The law allows taxpayers to pay their taxes on an alternative payment plan (installment plan) if they choose and if their estimated taxes, collected pursuant to Chapter 197, are more than $100.00. The taxpayer must submit an application to the Tax Collector before May 1 and make the first payment no later than June 30 of that tax year.
The taxpayer officially enrolls in the installment payment plan by making the first payment by the June deadline. Continued participation is required for the remainder of that tax year. Annual renewal is automatic as long as the June payment is made each year.
A taxpayer that elects the installment method pays based on an estimated tax equal to the actual taxes for the preceding year. Following is the payment schedule:
- 1st Installment: ¼ the total estimated taxes discounted 6% Payment required by June 30. Failure to pay first installment would put you back to the annual payment plan (single bill sent in November).
- 2nd Installment: ¼ the total estimated taxes discounted 4.5% Payment required by September 30.
- 3rd Installment: ¼ the total estimated taxes plus ½ of any adjustment for actual tax liability discounted 3%. Payment required by December 31.
- 4th Installment: ¼ the total estimated taxes plus or minus the other ½ of any adjustment for actual tax liability. No discount. Payment required by March 31.
Delinquent installment payments must be paid in full with the next installment. Any amount remaining unpaid on April 1 is treated as delinquent taxes.
How are Real Property Taxes Determined?
Under Florida Statute 197, the Tax Collector has the responsibility for the collection of ad valorem taxes and non-ad valorem taxes.
The ad valorem tax roll is certified to the Tax Collector by the Property Appraiser, who determines the assessed value of the property. Taxes then are based on the assessed value and the millage of each taxing authority. Millage rates are set by the Board of County Commissioners, School Board, City Commission, and other taxing bodies within their boundaries. The non-advalorem assessment roll is certified to the Tax Collector by local governing boards, i.e., the Solid Waste Authority and water control districts. Please Note: the non-advalorem levies are not based on value or millage rate.
What Discounts are allowed?
- 4% if paid in November
- 3% if paid in December
- 2% if paid in January
- 1% if paid in February
Gross amount of taxes are due in March.
The discount is determined by postmark of payment.
What Happens if I fail to pay my Real Property Taxes?
After real estate taxes become delinquent on April 1st of each year, they are advertised in a local newspaper once a week for three consecutive weeks. On or before June 1st, the Tax Collector must conduct a tax certificate sale on each unpaid parcel of property. When a tax certificate is sold against a piece of property, the successful bidder pays the delinquent taxes on that property and then receives a receipt which also constitutes a first lien against the property. A taxpayer could pay interest up to the rate of 18% per year. This rate depends on the interest rate that was bid on at the tax certificate sale.
When do Property Taxes become delinquent?
Taxes become delinquent April 1 of the year of assessment, at which time a 3% penalty is added to the real estate tax bill. Taxes paid after the month of April must be paid with guaranteed funds.
When do Real Property Taxes Become Due?
Tax statements are mailed out by November 1st of each year. The bill covers January 1 through December 31 of the year of assessment.
Who Places the Values and Allows for Exemptions on Real Estate?
The tax roll is completed by the Property Appraiser. It is then certified to the Tax Collector who mails the tax notice to the owner’s last record of address as it appears on the tax roll.
Tourist Development Tax
What is the Tourist Development Tax?
The TDT is a 4% local option tax authorized by Florida Statute (FS) 125.0104 and Putnam County Ordinance 2014‐4, section 40‐166 of the Putnam County Code (PCC) for the purpose of promoting tourism in Putnam County. Every person (Provider) who rents or leases for consideration any living quarters or accommodations for a period of six months or less has the responsibility to collect the TDT from the guest/tenant and remit it in a timely manner to the Tax Collector’s Office. The Tax Collector is charged with the responsibility of collection, administration and enforcement of the TDT Laws.
What Accommodations Falls Under TDT?
Living quarters or accommodations for this purpose are defined as hotel, apartment hotel, motel, resort motel, apartment, apartment motel, rooming house, mobile home park/court, recreational vehicle park, condominium, single family dwelling/cottage, garage apartment, lake/river house, and any other vehicle or structure held out to the public to be a place of living/sleeping accommodations. A more detailed list can be found in PCC 40‐166 (c).
How is TDT Collected?
The tax is paid by the tenant/guest on the total rental amount to the provider. The provider has the responsibility to collect the TDT and remit the funds to the Putnam County Tax Collector In a timely manner.
TDT funds are due on the first of the month following the month of collection and are considered delinquent if they are not postmarked by the 20th of the month in which they are due ( if the 20th is a weekend or holiday, the following work day is acceptable postmark or deliver at office date). Delinquent TDT funds are subject to no collection allowance and a penalty rate of 10% of taxes due or $50 whichever is greater for each month or fraction thereof up to 50% of taxes due. Delinquent TDT funds are also subject to interest assessed daily at a rate established by the Florida Department of Revenue.
A tax return must be submitted even if no taxes were collected for a scheduled reporting period (monthly).
How is TDT audited?
Providers are subject to audits for compliance purposes administered by or through the Tax Collector Office. Providers will receive written notification from the Tax Collector’s Office at least 30 days prior to a TDT audit.
All records that substantiate short‐term rentals including but not limited to: guest checks, ledgers, sales tax payments and federal income tax returns must be maintained for a minimum period of 3 years. For audit purposes the records substantiating the TDT funds must be made available at the place of business in Putnam County
Are There any Exemptions from TDT?
Exemption from paying TDT: Providers of short‐term rentals are required to collect TDT from all guests/tenants except for those guests/tenants who are exempt from paying the TDT. To receive an exemption from the TDT, the guest/tenant must present their Sales Tax Exemption Number (provided by Florida Department of Revenue) and the short‐term rental must support the underlying exemption.