Florida Senate - 2019 COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
Bill No. SB 234
Senate . House
Comm: RCS .
The Committee on Infrastructure and Security (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
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 develop methodology to prorate motor vehicle registration
43 renewal fees. The methodology must give customers the option to
44 renew their registrations on their dates of birth in 2021 or
45 2022. Customers whose dates of birth occur in the months of
46 January through June may choose to renew for 1 to 18 months.
47 Customers whose dates of birth occur in the months of July
48 through December may choose to renew for 7 to 24 months.
49 Proration is limited to the renewal of an unexpired registration
50 or a registration that has been expired for not more than 30
52 Section 3. Subsection (7) of section 320.0609, Florida
53 Statutes, is amended to read:
54 320.0609 Transfer and exchange of registration license
55 plates; transfer fee.—
56 (7) A surviving spouse of a registered owner of any motor
57 vehicle may, upon presenting the death certificate or electronic
58 file of death records maintained by the Department of Health,
59 request a registration certificate and transfer of the
60 registration license plate.
61 Section 4. Effective September 1, 2020, paragraph (a) of
62 subsection (2) of section 320.07, Florida Statutes, is amended
63 to read:
64 320.07 Expiration of registration; renewal required;
66 (2) Registration shall be renewed semiannually, annually,
67 or biennially, as provided in this subsection, during the
68 applicable renewal period, upon payment of the applicable
69 license tax amounts required by s. 320.08, service charges
70 required by s. 320.04, and any additional fees required by law.
71 (a) Any person who owns a motor vehicle registered under s.
72 320.08(4)(c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m)
73 or (n) s. 320.08(4), (6)(b), or (13) may register semiannually
74 as provided in s. 320.0705.
75 Section 5. Effective September 1, 2020, subsection (1) of
76 section 320.0705, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
77 320.0705 Semiannual registration or renewal for certain
79 (1) The owner of a motor vehicle taxed under s. 320.08(4)
80 (c), (d), (e), (f), (g), (h), (i), (j), (k), (l), (m) or (n) s.
81 320.08(4) or (6)(b) may register his or her vehicle
82 semiannually, if the amount of license tax due annually is more
83 than $100 and the vehicle registration fee is not required to be
84 apportioned, upon payment of a fee of $2.50 for each semiannual
86 Section 6. Paragraph (c) of subsection (3) of section
87 328.01, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
88 328.01 Application for certificate of title.—
90 (c) In making application for transfer of title from a
91 deceased titled owner, the new owner or surviving coowner shall
92 establish proof of ownership by submitting with the application
93 the original certificate of title and the decedent’s probated
94 last will and testament or letters of administration appointing
95 the personal representative of the decedent. In lieu of a
96 probated last will and testament or letters of administration, a
97 copy of the decedent’s death certificate or electronic file of
98 death records maintained by the Department of Health, a copy of
99 the decedent’s last will and testament, and an affidavit by the
100 decedent’s surviving spouse or heirs affirming rights of
101 ownership may be accepted by the department. If the decedent
102 died intestate, a court order awarding the ownership of the
103 vessel or an affidavit by the decedent’s surviving spouse or
104 heirs establishing or releasing all rights of ownership and a
105 copy of the decedent’s death certificate shall be submitted to
106 the department.
107 Section 7. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this
108 act, this act shall take effect January 1, 2020.
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111 And the title is amended as follows:
112 Delete everything before the enacting clause
113 and insert:
114 A bill to be entitled
115 An act relating to registration and titling of
116 vehicles and vessels; amending s. 320.055, F.S.;
117 revising registration periods for certain vehicles;
118 requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor
119 Vehicles to develop methodology to prorate motor
120 vehicle renewal registration fees for certain
121 registrations; requiring the methodology to give
122 customers certain renewal options; amending s.
123 320.0609, F.S.; authorizing the surviving spouse of a
124 motor vehicle owner to present certain electronic
125 death records when requesting a registration
126 certificate and license plate transfer; amending ss.
127 320.07 and 320.0705, F.S.; conforming provisions to
128 changes made by the act; amending s. 328.01, F.S.;
129 authorizing a new owner or surviving coowner of a
130 vessel to submit certain electronic death records when
131 applying for transfer of title; providing effective