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Office Hours
Monday – Friday, 9 AM - 4:30 PM

Boat/Utility Trailers (1,999 pounds or less)
Need to register a Boat or Utility trailer? Follow these 6 easy steps!
1. Appointments Required / Office Locations

Appointments are required for all transactions! Visit taxcollector.com to schedule an appointment for your title/registration transfer. We only serve Manatee County residents and businesses. Limit four transactions per appointment. We have 3 convenient offices to serve you: our DeSoto office (located closest to the Island and to West and Central Bradenton), our Lakewood Ranch office (located closest to Lakewood Ranch and East Manatee County), and our North River office (located closest to Palmetto, Ellenton, and Parrish).
2. Proof of Ownership

For a Used Boat or Utility Trailer (1,999 pounds or less), you must submit one of the following: For a New Manufactured Boat or Utility Trailer (1,999 pounds or less): For Homemade Trailers Never Registered - No Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) (1,999 pounds or less):
3. Proof of Empty Weight

Submit one of the following:
Weigh Stations in Manatee County
County Landfill
3333 Lena Road
Bradenton, FL 34211
Phone: 941.748.5543
Port Manatee
300 Regal Cruise Way
Ste. 100
Palmetto, FL 34221
4. Identification

At least one registered owner or person appointed Power of Attorney for one registered owner must be present with their valid (unexpired) state-issued Driver License/ID Card. If using a Power of Attorney form for a registered owner, you must submit a copy of the valid (unexpired) state-issued Driver License/ID Card for the registered owner who you are representing. 
5. Sales Tax

For a New Manufactured Boat or Utility Trailer (1,999 pounds or less), submit one of the following:
If you just purchased the trailer and are unable to prove that you paid sales tax, you will be required to pay sales tax, if applicable. The sales tax rate in Manatee County is 7%.
6. Estimated Fees and Payment Methods

We accept cash, check, debit cards, and credit cardsA $2.50 processing fee for debit and a 2.5% processing fee (minimum of $2.50) for credit cards will apply. Our office does not retain any portion of this fee.
Note: Estimated fees do not include sales tax and are based on annual registration fees.
Frequently Asked Questions

Can someone sell a non-titled trailer (weighing 1,999 pounds or less without registering it in their name first?

Yes. Unlike titled vehicles, the owner of a non-titled trailer does not have to register it in their name before selling it. However, they must be able to prove to the purchaser (and our office) that they are the owner by way of a "complete chain" of ownership.

The purchaser must submit to our office all ownership documents that make up the "complete chain" of ownership, including the bills of sale to each purchaser(s) to the new, current purchaser(s).

What is required if I purchased a trailer weighing 2,000 pounds or more?

Trailers weighing 2,000 pounds or more are required to be titled and registered, and additional documentation is required. For more information, read our Florida Title Transfer publication or Out-of-State Title Transfer publication.
Note: If the trailer is homemade (weighing 2,000 pounds or more) and has never been titled or registered, the DMV Regional Office located in Palmetto must inspect the trailer and assign a FLT number before a Florida title and registration may be issued. Appointments are required
DMV Regional Office
323 10th Avenue West, Suite #200
Palmetto, FL 34221
Mon to Fri 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 941.723.4551
(option 6, then option 2)
Death Scenario Transactions

Due to the many variables that may be involved with a death scenario transaction, the Manatee County Tax Collector's Office has created the Death Scenario Assistance Chart (taxcollector.jotform.com/221954883649977) - or scan the QR code to access the chart - to walk you through determining the requirements.
First Manatee South County Tag Agency

The First Manatee South County Tag Agency processes registration and title transactions for vehicles, boats, and mobile homes, as well as parking permits. This office does not offer driver license, hunting and fishing, or property tax services.

It offers extended hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday) and Saturday hours (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Appointments are available but not required. To schedule an appointment, visit the auto tag agency website (autotagagency.net). It is located in Southwood Shoppes at 5756 14th Street West, Bradenton, FL 34207. Their phone number is (941) 782-6050.

This office accepts cash, check, and debit. A 3.5% fee will be charged on all check transactions to guarantee funds and on all debit transactions as a processing fee. An additional $20 fast title fee applies to titles printed on-site.

The First Manatee South County Tag Agency is a privately owned office operating under the authority granted by the Manatee County Tax Collector's Office.
Non-Manatee County residents
Not a Manatee County Resident? Out-of-County residents can only be served at First Manatee South County Tag Agency, located at 5756 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207. You can contact that office at 941.782.6050 or visit the auto tag agency website (autotagagency.net) for more information.
Trailers - Last Update: 10/31/2022