Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 234
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              

       The Committee on Judiciary (Baxley) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the enacting clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 1. Effective September 1, 2020, paragraph (a) of
    6  subsection (1) and subsection (5) of section 320.055, Florida
    7  Statutes, are amended to read:
    8         320.055 Registration periods; renewal periods.—The
    9  following registration periods and renewal periods are
   10  established:
   11         (1)(a) For a motor vehicle subject to registration under s.
   12  320.08(1), (2), (3), (4)(a) or (b), (5)(b), (c), (d), or (f),
   13  (6)(a), (7), (8), (9), or (10) and owned by a natural person,
   14  the registration period begins the first day of the birth month
   15  of the owner and ends the last day of the month immediately
   16  preceding the owner’s birth month in the succeeding year. If
   17  such vehicle is registered in the name of more than one person,
   18  the birth month of the person whose name first appears on the
   19  registration shall be used to determine the registration period.
   20  For a vehicle subject to this registration period, the renewal
   21  period is the 30-day period ending at midnight on the vehicle
   22  owner’s date of birth.
   23         (5) For a vehicle subject to apportioned registration under
   24  s. 320.08(4)(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l),
   25  (m), or (n) s. 320.08(4), (5)(a)1. or, (e), (6)(b), or (14), the
   26  registration period shall be a period of 12 months beginning in
   27  a month designated by the department and ending on the last day
   28  of the 12th month. For a vehicle subject to this registration
   29  period, the renewal period is the last month of the registration
   30  period. The registration period may be shortened or extended at
   31  the discretion of the department, on receipt of the appropriate
   32  prorated fees, in order to evenly distribute such registrations
   33  on a monthly basis. For a vehicle subject to nonapportioned
   34  registration under s. 320.08(4)(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h),
   35  (i), (j), (k), (l), (m), or (n) s. 320.08(4), (5)(a)1., (6)(b),
   36  or (14), the registration period begins December 1 and ends
   37  November 30. The renewal period is the 31-day period beginning
   38  December 1.
   39         Section 2. Beginning September 1, 2020, in order to
   40  implement the changes made by this act to s. 320.055, Florida
   41  Statutes, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
   42  shall give customers the option to renew their registrations on
   43  their dates of birth in 2021 or 2022. Customers whose dates of
   44  birth occur in the months of January through June may choose to
   45  renew for 1 to 18 months. Customers whose dates of birth occur
   46  in the months of July through December may choose to renew for 7
   47  to 24 months.
   48         Section 3. Subsection (7) of section 320.0609, Florida
   49  Statutes, is amended to read:
   50         320.0609 Transfer and exchange of registration license
   51  plates; transfer fee.—
   52         (7) A surviving spouse of a registered owner of any motor
   53  vehicle may, upon presenting the death certificate, request a
   54  registration certificate and transfer of the registration
   55  license plate. If the surviving spouse does not present the
   56  death certificate, the department or its agent may verify the
   57  necessary information through the electronic file of death
   58  records maintained by the Department of Health.
   59         Section 4. Effective September 1, 2020, paragraph (a) of
   60  subsection (2) of section 320.07, Florida Statutes, is amended
   61  to read:
   62         320.07 Expiration of registration; renewal required;
   63  penalties.—
   64         (2) Registration shall be renewed semiannually, annually,
   65  or biennially, as provided in this subsection, during the
   66  applicable renewal period, upon payment of the applicable
   67  license tax amounts required by s. 320.08, service charges
   68  required by s. 320.04, and any additional fees required by law.
   69         (a) Any person who owns a motor vehicle registered under s.
   70  320.08(4)(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m),
   71  or (n) s. 320.08(4), (6)(b), or (13) may register semiannually
   72  as provided in s. 320.0705.
   73         Section 5. Effective September 1, 2020, subsection (1) of
   74  section 320.0705, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   75         320.0705 Semiannual registration or renewal for certain
   76  vehicles.—
   77         (1) The owner of a motor vehicle taxed under s.
   78  320.08(4)(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m),
   79  or (n) s. 320.08(4) or (6)(b) may register his or her vehicle
   80  semiannually, if the amount of license tax due annually is more
   81  than $100 and the vehicle registration fee is not required to be
   82  apportioned, upon payment of a fee of $2.50 for each semiannual
   83  registration.
   84         Section 6. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of section
   85  328.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   86         328.01 Application for certificate of title.—
   87         (3)
   88         (c) In making application for transfer of title from a
   89  deceased titled owner, the new owner or surviving coowner shall
   90  establish proof of ownership by submitting with the application
   91  the original certificate of title and the decedent’s probated
   92  last will and testament or letters of administration appointing
   93  the personal representative of the decedent. In lieu of a
   94  probated last will and testament or letters of administration, a
   95  copy of the decedent’s death certificate, a copy of the
   96  decedent’s last will and testament, and an affidavit by the
   97  decedent’s surviving spouse or heirs affirming rights of
   98  ownership may be accepted by the department. If the decedent
   99  died intestate, a court order awarding the ownership of the
  100  vessel or an affidavit by the decedent’s surviving spouse or
  101  heirs establishing or releasing all rights of ownership and a
  102  copy of the decedent’s death certificate shall be submitted to
  103  the department. If the new owner or surviving coowner does not
  104  present a copy of the death certificate, the department or its
  105  agent may verify the necessary information through the
  106  electronic file of death records maintained by the Department of
  107  Health.
  108         Section 7. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
  109  act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2019.
  111  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
  112  And the title is amended as follows:
  113         Delete everything before the enacting clause
  114  and insert:
  115                        A bill to be entitled                      
  116         An act relating to registration and titling of
  117         vehicles and vessels; amending s. 320.055, F.S.;
  118         revising registration periods for certain vehicles;
  119         requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
  120         Vehicles to prorate registration renewals for
  121         customers in order to implement changes made by the
  122         act; amending s. 320.0609, F.S.; authorizing the
  123         department or its agent to verify necessary
  124         information through the electronic file of death
  125         records maintained by the Department of Health for a
  126         surviving spouse of a motor vehicle owner when
  127         requesting a registration certificate and license
  128         plate transfer; amending ss. 320.07 and 320.0705,
  129         F.S.; conforming provisions to changes made by the
  130         act; amending s. 328.01, F.S.; authorizing the
  131         Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or its
  132         agent to verify necessary information through the
  133         electronic file of death records maintained by the
  134         Department of Health for a new owner or surviving
  135         coowner of a vessel when applying for transfer of
  136         title; providing effective dates.