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Among the many inventions and innovations that have come forth over the last 200 years, there is one that has become a must have for families in the United States. The motor vehicle, once considered to be a reserve of the elites, has now become an important utility in the everyday life of the ordinary American.

And as with all inventions and innovations, many people found use for them in many different ways. From a chariot to help with getting from place to place on a daily basis, to others that used them for nefarious activities; Bonnie and Clyde come to mind.

This is a good reason why the State of Florida, as well as other jurisdictions all across the world, require that vehicles be registered with the respective bodies mandated with such authority. In Florida, this is the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle, a department of the state of Florida.

How then can you verify your vehicle’s VIN details in Florida?

The Requirements.

This is mostly for people who have their vehicles registered out of state. When moving to Florida, the state requires that the owner has to sign a sworn statement. The statement shows that the reading on the odometer and the VIN number are both correct as they read on the vehicle.

From the moment you cross state lines into Florida, you will be required to register your vehicle, and title it as well. This is especially true if you will be having business that will cause you to be in the state for more than 30 days.

This includes situations such as working at a new job, you have enrolled your children in a school in the state, or you have set down roots through renting, leasing or buying a house or an apartment.

The process of the inspection begins by getting a form, HSMV 82042, from the Florida DHSMV website, or the tax collector in the county that you have chosen to settle in. There are various things that you will be required to provide when completing the application for VIN inspection. These are:

  • The make, color, body, the VIN, the year and the state the vehicle was erstwhile titled.
  • A declaration of the odometer reading.
  • The name and signature of the persons who own the vehicle.
  • The name and the signature of the licensed inspector, or the public notary.

If you have a vehicle that was manufactured before the year 1955, it is the motor number that will be inspected, instead of the VIN.

You do not need to go to a DMV to get the inspection done, you can also head to the county’s tax collector to get it done. You, however, will need to provide the inspector with the out-of-state title, registration for the vehicle, proof of auto insurance in the state and proof of identity that you are the owner of the vehicle.

In some cases, you may not have the title certificate as an owner, but instead it is being held by a lienholder. In this case, the vehicle’s registration will be sufficient. For vehicle owners who need a Florida VIN check, the vehicle must be physically presented to an inspector so they could perform a physical inspection.

If you are looking to become a resident of Florida, you will have 10 days to complete a VIN inspection in Florida.

The Exemptions.

While moving to, or even doing business in Florida, many people from outside the state would wish to have their vehicles retain their out-of-state registrations. The VIN verifications are only necessary whenever the owner wants to register their vehicle in Florida and still retain the out-of-state registration.

However, it is not all vehicles that will have to undergo VIN inspections. These include:

  • New vehicles. It doesn’t matter whether the owner purchased the vehicle in Florida or in another state.
  • Mobile homes, recreation vehicles, truck campers and fifth wheel trailers.
  • Trailers and semi-trailers that do not exceed 2,000 lbs. in net weight.
  • Camp, travel and truck trailers.

While the used vehicles from outside the state have to undergo VIN verification, they will not have to undergo safety inspections and even emissions checks.

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