New Legislation Lowering Vehicle Registration Fees Goes Into Effect September 1st

    Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph is reminding Orange County residents that he likes to save them money. As a former State Representative who voted against vehicle registration fee increases during his time in the legislator. Below is a release from his office.


    By Jacob Engels


    Beginning September 1, 2014 legislation that reduces tag fee registrations will go into effect for Floridians across the state. The Orange County Tax Collector’s office has been informing the public of the reduced fees and effective date in their offices as well as online and through the tag renewal notice mailings sent out every month.


    “After six years and $6 billion dollars of tax increases, the Florida legislature has finally reversed some of the annual DHSMV fee increases,” said Tax Collector Scott Randolph.  “All of this money has gone into the general revenue at a time the legislature was handing out corporate tax cuts.  As a state representative at the time, I voted against this additional burden on Florida families and I am glad to see Floridians finally getting a break.”


    Randolph is encouraging those that may have waited until after September 1st to renew their tags to use the Orange County Tax Collector Office’s new Tag Express service, where customers can renew their tag online and pick it up at an office of their choosing the same day without a wait.


    “We continue to invest in technology and our front-line employees in order to reduce wait times and make a trip to our motor services division as quick and pleasant as possible,” concludes Randolph. 


    The recent fee reduction only applies to vehicle registration fees and does not authorize refunds for fees already paid at the higher amount. Drivers can renew their tag up to three months in advance of the expiration date, which is midnight of the tag owner’s birthday. All Orange County Tax Collector offices will be closed on September 1st for Labor Day and will open Tuesday, September 2nd at regular business hours. The fees are below.


    2014 Tag Renewal Fee Decrease for Vehicles:


    Old Rate (prior to 2009)

    Sept. 2009 Rate

    Sept. 2014 Rate

    Cars thru 2,499/Trucks thru 1,999            




    Cars thru 2,500/Trucks 2,000 – 3,000




    Cars thru 3,500 and up/Trucks 3,001 – 5,000








    Initial Registration Fee





    Jacob Engels, is the Founder of East Orlando Post & Seminole County Post. He is a seasoned political operative who has led numerous statewide political groups and has worked on several high-profile local, statewide, and national races. Jacob has been interviewed on national television & radio programs, with his work having been featured in the Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and other publications nationwide. He can be reached at