Florida Senate - 2019                              CS for SB 234
       By the Committee on Infrastructure and Security; and Senator
       596-02506-19                                           2019234c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to registration and titling of
    3         vehicles and vessels; amending s. 320.055, F.S.;
    4         revising registration periods for certain vehicles;
    5         requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
    6         Vehicles to develop methodology to prorate motor
    7         vehicle renewal registration fees for certain
    8         registrations; requiring the methodology to give
    9         customers certain renewal options; amending s.
   10         320.0609, F.S.; authorizing the surviving spouse of a
   11         motor vehicle owner to present certain electronic
   12         death records when requesting a registration
   13         certificate and license plate transfer; amending ss.
   14         320.07 and 320.0705, F.S.; conforming provisions to
   15         changes made by the act; amending s. 328.01, F.S.;
   16         authorizing a new owner or surviving coowner of a
   17         vessel to submit certain electronic death records when
   18         applying for transfer of title; providing effective
   19         dates.
   21  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   23         Section 1. Effective September 1, 2020, paragraph (a) of
   24  subsection (1) and subsection (5) of section 320.055, Florida
   25  Statutes, are amended to read:
   26         320.055 Registration periods; renewal periods.—The
   27  following registration periods and renewal periods are
   28  established:
   29         (1)(a) For a motor vehicle subject to registration under s.
   30  320.08(1), (2), (3), (4)(a) or (b), (5)(b), (c), (d), or (f),
   31  (6)(a), (7), (8), (9), or (10) and owned by a natural person,
   32  the registration period begins the first day of the birth month
   33  of the owner and ends the last day of the month immediately
   34  preceding the owner’s birth month in the succeeding year. If
   35  such vehicle is registered in the name of more than one person,
   36  the birth month of the person whose name first appears on the
   37  registration shall be used to determine the registration period.
   38  For a vehicle subject to this registration period, the renewal
   39  period is the 30-day period ending at midnight on the vehicle
   40  owner’s date of birth.
   41         (5) For a vehicle subject to apportioned registration under
   42  s. 320.08(4)(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l),
   43  (m), or (n) s. 320.08(4), (5)(a)1. or, (e), (6)(b), or (14), the
   44  registration period shall be a period of 12 months beginning in
   45  a month designated by the department and ending on the last day
   46  of the 12th month. For a vehicle subject to this registration
   47  period, the renewal period is the last month of the registration
   48  period. The registration period may be shortened or extended at
   49  the discretion of the department, on receipt of the appropriate
   50  prorated fees, in order to evenly distribute such registrations
   51  on a monthly basis. For a vehicle subject to nonapportioned
   52  registration under s. 320.08(4)(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h),
   53  (i), (j), (k), (l), (m), or (n) s. 320.08(4), (5)(a)1., (6)(b),
   54  or (14), the registration period begins December 1 and ends
   55  November 30. The renewal period is the 31-day period beginning
   56  December 1.
   57         Section 2. Beginning September 1, 2020, in order to
   58  implement the changes made by this act to s. 320.055, Florida
   59  Statutes, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
   60  shall develop methodology to prorate motor vehicle registration
   61  renewal fees. The methodology must give customers the option to
   62  renew their registrations on their dates of birth in 2021 or
   63  2022. Customers whose dates of birth occur in the months of
   64  January through June may choose to renew for 1 to 18 months.
   65  Customers whose dates of birth occur in the months of July
   66  through December may choose to renew for 7 to 24 months.
   67  Proration is limited to the renewal of an unexpired registration
   68  or a registration that has been expired for not more than 30
   69  days.
   70         Section 3. Subsection (7) of section 320.0609, Florida
   71  Statutes, is amended to read:
   72         320.0609 Transfer and exchange of registration license
   73  plates; transfer fee.—
   74         (7) A surviving spouse of a registered owner of any motor
   75  vehicle may, upon presenting the death certificate or electronic
   76  file of death records maintained by the Department of Health,
   77  request a registration certificate and transfer of the
   78  registration license plate.
   79         Section 4. Effective September 1, 2020, paragraph (a) of
   80  subsection (2) of section 320.07, Florida Statutes, is amended
   81  to read:
   82         320.07 Expiration of registration; renewal required;
   83  penalties.—
   84         (2) Registration shall be renewed semiannually, annually,
   85  or biennially, as provided in this subsection, during the
   86  applicable renewal period, upon payment of the applicable
   87  license tax amounts required by s. 320.08, service charges
   88  required by s. 320.04, and any additional fees required by law.
   89         (a) Any person who owns a motor vehicle registered under s.
   90  320.08(4)(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m)
   91  or (n) s. 320.08(4), (6)(b), or (13) may register semiannually
   92  as provided in s. 320.0705.
   93         Section 5. Effective September 1, 2020, subsection (1) of
   94  section 320.0705, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   95         320.0705 Semiannual registration or renewal for certain
   96  vehicles.—
   97         (1) The owner of a motor vehicle taxed under s. 320.08(4)
   98  (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m) or (n) s.
   99  320.08(4) or (6)(b) may register his or her vehicle
  100  semiannually, if the amount of license tax due annually is more
  101  than $100 and the vehicle registration fee is not required to be
  102  apportioned, upon payment of a fee of $2.50 for each semiannual
  103  registration.
  104         Section 6. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of section
  105  328.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
  106         328.01 Application for certificate of title.—
  107         (3)
  108         (c) In making application for transfer of title from a
  109  deceased titled owner, the new owner or surviving coowner shall
  110  establish proof of ownership by submitting with the application
  111  the original certificate of title and the decedent’s probated
  112  last will and testament or letters of administration appointing
  113  the personal representative of the decedent. In lieu of a
  114  probated last will and testament or letters of administration, a
  115  copy of the decedent’s death certificate or electronic file of
  116  death records maintained by the Department of Health, a copy of
  117  the decedent’s last will and testament, and an affidavit by the
  118  decedent’s surviving spouse or heirs affirming rights of
  119  ownership may be accepted by the department. If the decedent
  120  died intestate, a court order awarding the ownership of the
  121  vessel or an affidavit by the decedent’s surviving spouse or
  122  heirs establishing or releasing all rights of ownership and a
  123  copy of the decedent’s death certificate shall be submitted to
  124  the department.
  125         Section 7. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
  126  act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2019.