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Application for License Plate or Decal Refund and Credit

Applying for license plate or decal refund in the State of Florida requires the use of the following application form.

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES 
APPLICATION FOR LICENSE PLATE AND DECAL REFUND  
2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS -63  – Tallahassee, FL 32399 -0624 	
 	
This application along with the registration certificate showing taxes paid and all other  supporting documentation 
must be submitted to the address above.  The license plate and decal must also be submitted with the application or 
turned in to the Tax Collecto r’s  o ffice or License Plate  Agent for cancellation.  
 
I.  Owner Information: Please type or print clearly.  All correspondence including any refund, w ill be mailed to the 
address below.  
 
________________________________________________________________________________________________  
Name of registered Owner(s)                                                   Street Address      
 
____________________________________________________________________________         DHSMV USE ONLY       
City                                                            State                           Zip Code 
 
____________________________________________________________________________  
Email Address  
 
____________________________________________________________________________  
Signature of Registered Owner                                              Date  
 
 
 
II.  Vehicle Description: The vehicle/mobile home/vessel described below is or was registered in my name.  
 
________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
Year                                                        Make                                                                     License Plate or Decal Number  
 
_______________________________________________________________________________________________  .  
Vehicle/Mobile Home/Vessel Identification Number  
 
 
III.  Reason for Refund:  Check box next to refund request.  
  1.  Surrendered license plate and/or decal or vessel/mobile home decal prior to the effective date of the 
registration.   	
 
●   To qualify for a refund of the registration fee , the license plate and/or decal or vessel/mobile home decal 
must be surrendered prior to the effective date (midnight of the registrant’s birthday in the year the plate 
was renewed).    
 
●   If the owner has a biennial registration and surrenders the license plate and/or decal or vessel/mobile 
home decal any time after the effective date of the registration, there is no refund  for either the first or 
second year of the registration period. 	 
●   There is no provision in Florida law for prorated refunds.   	
2.  Initial Registration Fee ($225)  	
●   Submit a copy of the registration that reflects the initial registration fee ($225) was paid.  
●   Submit proof that the vehicle the initial registration fee was paid on was disposed of within 90 days of the 
payment of the initial registration fee.  An example of proof is a copy of the front and back of title signed 
over to purchaser or a copy of the bill of sale which includes complete description of the vehic le (year, 
make, and vehicle identification number), date sold, and signatures of purchaser and seller.  	
 
Additional reasons for a refund continue on the back of the form.  
HSMV 83363 (REV. 08/16)

3.Tw	

o license plates and/or decals purchased for the same vehicle.
• Submit with application for refund or surrender to the T ax Collector’s o ffice or License Plate  Agent the license
plate and/or decal to be cancelled and refunded.
• For International Registration Plan (IRP) license plate submit a copy of the cab card  and the registration of
the straight plate.	
4. New license plate and decal issued when current license plate was available for transfer.
•If a new Florida license plate and decal was issued to a new vehicle and a current Florida license plate and
decal was available for transfer to the same vehicle, surrender the new license plate and decal for
cancellation along with the registration issued to the new license plate, a copy of the registration for the
license plate being transferred,  and a copy of the new registration once the license plate and decal is
transferred to the new vehicle.
5. Mobile Home declared as Real Property.
•To qualify for a refund of the registration fee , the mobile home decal(s) must be surrendered along with a
copy of the currently issued Real Property decal(s) and registration.  An accurately completed DR -402
Declaration of Mobile Home as Real Property, signed by the county property appraiser or designated staff
member is also required.  
6. Recreational Vehicle declared as Real Property.
• To q

ualify for a refund of the registration fee the license plate and general decal must be surrendered along
with a copy of the currently issued Real Property decal and registration.  An accurately completed DR -402
Declaration of Mobile Home as Real Propert y, signed by the county property appraiser or designated staff
member is also required.
• Recreational vehicles include, motor home, fifth wheel trailer, park trailer, and travel trailer.
7. Pre- Sale Specialty License Plate Voucher Refund.
• At the conclusion of the 24-m
onth pre-sale period i f the minimum sales requirement has not been met, the 
purchaser of the specialty l icense plate voucher may apply for a refund.  The status of the specialty plate  
can be verified at  http://www.flhsmv.gov/specialtytags/PreSaleData.html  .	
●	A specialty license plate voucher cannot be transferred, replaced, refunded or exchanged unless the plate
fails  to meet the minimum pre -sale requirement.
• Submit the pre -sale specialty license plate voucher form and the receipt from the T ax Collector’s  office or
L icense  Plate  Agent showing proof of payment.	
IV. TAX COLLECTOR USE ONLY  	Th e licens e pl ate  and d ecal  indicate d belo w were  surrend ere d to  thi s off ice  and  ent ere d
i n  FRV IS as su rrendered/cancelle d as required.	
________________________________________________________________________________________________ 
 Licens e Plat e Numbe r                           D ecal  Nu mbe r                Expiration Date                       Date  Re ceived  
 _________

_______________________________________________________________________________________ 
Count y/Age ncy Numbe r          
 ________________________________________________________________________________________________  
Signature            
                                                                                               Ta x Collector’ s Nam e Stamp,  Seal , or  Signature  
If the refund is being requested due to a tax collector error, please attach a Tax Collector Refund Request 
Application.  	
HS	

MV 83363 (REV. 08/16)
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