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Purchase from Individual

Please Note: If you have purchased a manufactured home that is titled in a state other than Florida, please contact our office at 941.861.8300, option 2 for instructions.

Florida Title Transfer
When a manufactured home is already titled in Florida, the title must be released by the seller(s) to the purchasers. If a double-wide or triple-wide home, all titles must be signed over to the purchaser. The following is required to apply for a Florida Title:

  1. Florida Title - The transfer of title by seller section must be completed with:

    • Purchaser’s name and address
    • Date of sale
    • Selling price (If the home is Real Property, enter the words Real Property instead of a selling price)
    • Signature of seller(s) and printed name(s). If sellers’ names are joined by “and”, both sellers must sign.
    • Purchaser’s signature and printed name. Anyone listed as an owner must sign and print their name.
    • If appointed power of attorney (POA), the original POA document must be presented at the time of application.
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  2. Application for Certificate of Title with/without Registration
    • By Mail: Application must be completed and signed by the purchaser(s)
    • In Person: All owners must be present
  3. A Bill of Sale - suggested and may be required (not required for Real Property homes).
  4. Fees:
    • Registration fees are determined by length of the home
    • Title fees - for amount due see "Florida Title" on fee sheet
  5. Sales Tax - 6% sales tax will be collected on the purchase price. If the selling price of the home includes furnishings and attachments (such as a carport), the total for those items can be deducted from the selling price before paying sales tax if you provide a notarized, itemized bill of sale for those items. If the manufactured home is registered in Sarasota County, the first $5,000.00 of the purchase price is subject to an additional 1% discretionary sales surtax. (Sales tax is not due when the home is purchased in conjunction with the land and is currently assessed on the Real Property Tax Roll.) If the home will be registered in another Florida county, discretionary sales tax rates may differ.
  6. Proof of identification: may be a valid driver's license, state-issued ID card from any state, or passport
  7. If recording a lien, the lienholder's name, address, FEI and date of lien are required

NOTE: Cross-outs, white-out, alterations or erasures may void the title and may require you to submit a Notarized or Perjury Clause Bill of Sale signed by the seller.

The new owners will be issued new titles, registrations and decals to be placed on the home.