How to File for a Lost Boat Title in Florida

By Floyd Drake III - Updated June 16, 2017
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In Florida, getting a replacement for a lost boat title is not difficult. The main factors to consider are the replacement costs and supplying the verifying documentation necessary proving that you are, in fact, the rightful owner of the vessel. These can be a bill of sale, an expired Florida registration form or any other supporting documentation. When this information is gathered, all that is then needed is to submit the appropriate paperwork and any fees required to your local tax collector to receive the duplicate title.

Gather any vessel ownership documentation available, such as a boat registration form or a bill of sale. Without the original title, you will have to prove ownership of the vessel. If there has been an address change since the last registration or the address is different from the state's official records, official proof of the new address, such as a drivers license, is needed.

Fill out Florida Form HSMV 82101, Application for Duplicate or Lost in Transit/Reassignment for a Motor Vehicle, Mobile Home or Vessel Title Certificate. Bring this form to the local county tax collector.

Pay any fees associated with receiving a duplicate title. Duplicate titles cost $75.25 for an electronic copy plus a $2.50 service and handling fee for a paper copy. If there are any liens on the vessel, you will need to provide proof of payment. Recording this lien information may cost an additional $2. The Division of Motor Vehicles will process your application within five days and send you another title in the mail.

Register the boat when the title is received.

Tip

Some county tax collectors may be able to award you a replacement title on the spot, but this is not available at all offices.

Warning

If the original title is later found, be sure to destroy it.

About the Author

A native of New Haven, Conn., Floyd Drake III began writing in 1984. His work has appeared in the "New Haven Register," Medford's "Mail-Tribune" and the "Ashland Daily Tidings." Drake studied journalism at Southern Connecticut State University. After working as a reporter in Oregon, he is now based back home in New Haven.

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