The state of Florida charges several fees and taxes
on any car that is purchased in the state. You'll need to pay 6 percent state sales tax in addition to any sales tax imposed by the county of purchase. You'll also need to pay a titling fee that varies for new and used cars, and you'll need to pay a registration fee that varies based on the type of vehicle and the weight of the vehicle.
Calculate Florida Sales Tax
1 Multiply the purchase price of your vehicle by 6 percent. The result is the amount that you will need to pay to cover Florida state sales tax, as of August 2010. For example, if the purchase price is $20,000, then $20,000 x .06 = $1,200.
3 Multiply the purchase price of the vehicle by the percent discretionary sales tax charged by the county. This is the amount of sales tax that is due to the county. Continuing the example, if the surtax is 1 percent, than $20,000 x .01 = $200.
CORRECTION: Refer to posting #6, the above statement is not correct. Discretionary sales surtax applies to the first $5,000 of the sales amount on the sale, so the county sales tax for a surtax of 1 percent would be limited to $50, not $200.
Calculate Registration Tag Fees
4 Add together the amount of state sales tax due and the amount of county sales tax due. This is the total amount of sales tax that you will need to pay for your purchase. So, $1,200 + $200 = $1,400. Total sales tax for this example should be $1,250.
the weight of your vehicle. (The Model S weighs over 4,100 pounds.) Florida charges different yearly registration fees depending on your vehicle's type and weight. As of August 2010, cars weighing less than 2,500 pounds cost $46.15 per year, cars weighing 2,500 to 3499 pounds cost $57.15, and cars over 3,500 pounds cost $70.65 per year. Trucks up to 2,000 pounds cost $46.15 per year, trucks between 2,000 and 3,000 pounds cost $57.15 per year, and trucks over 3,000 pounds cost $70.65 per year.
6 Multiply the registration fee from Step 1 by 2 if you want to pay ahead for two years of registration fees. So, if your car weighs 2,300 pounds, then $46.15 x 2 = $92.30.
7 Add the by-weight registration fees to $225. This is the base fee that you need to pay to obtain a new registration in the state of Florida. So, $92.30 + $225 = $317.30.
8 Add license plate fees. If you are transferring plates from another vehicle then add $7.65; if you need new metal plates then add a $28 license plate fee. The sum is the total amount that you will need to pay to register your car. So, if you are adding new metal plates, then $317.30 + $28 = $345.30.
Calculate Titling Fees
9 Start with the base Florida state titling fee of $75.25.
10 Add $2 to the titling fee if you are titling a new vehicle.
11 Add $10 to the titling fee if you are titling a vehicle that was previously registered in a different county or a state other than Florida.
12 Add a $2 fee if you are recording a lien on your title. So, if you are financing
a new vehicle, then $75.25 + $2 + $2 = $79.25.