Electronic titles is a title maintained in the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Electronic Lien and Titling System (ELT). ELT is designed to assist both lienholders and vehicle owners by reducing the storage, handling and mailing costs associated with paper titles. Once an electronic lien is satisfied, the title will remain electronic until a request for a paper title is received.
If you are trading your vehicle with a Florida Dealership, you do not need to request a paper title prior to trading your vehicle.
If you are selling your vehicle, you will need to request a paper title to be printed in order to transfer ownership to the purchaser.
You can request a paper title through the following methods:
You can request a printed title by visiting any one of our four service locations. These requests must be made in person by the owner and can be printed same day. The cost is $10.00.
If you need to check to see if the lien has been released by the lienholder, please use this link Motor Vehicle Information to enter your VIN or Title Number. If the lienholder's name still shows up, the lien has not yet been released. If the lienholder does not show up, the lien has been released and the customer can come into the office to have the title printed.
Vehicle owners can request a paper title be mailed to them through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website MyDMVPortal. The cost is $4.50. Once the online request has been made the printed title will be mailed to the address reflected on the owner's record. Paper titles are generally received within 7 to 10 business days. Please note once the online order has been requested, printed titles cannot be picked up at the Tax Collector's Office.
To request a paper title by mail, you will need to send the following to Bay County Tax Collector, PO Box 2285, Panama City, FL 32402:
- Photo copy of a valid picture ID
- Written request to have the electronic title printed.
- Print electronic title fee of $10 (Printed titles are typically received by the customer within 3 to 4 weeks.) Check should be made payable to Chuck Perdue Tax Collector.