Any time the ownership changes on a vehicle in Florida, you must apply
for a registration and title in your name.
The additional slots on the back of the title are for use by
registered dealers only.
Additionally, according to a telephone conversation with Rebeccah at
the Alachua County Motor Vehicle Services in Gainesville, FL, the
vehicle must be registered in your name before you can sell it to your
Finally, since this is an out of state vehicle, you will need to have
the VIN inspected before you can register the vehicle. This can be
done at most of the Tax Collector offices, using this PDF form:
I hope this answers your question, and I wish you luck with the paperwork.
Please, if you need further clarification, just ask before rating this answer.
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Clarification of Answer by
11 Oct 2004 09:13 PDT
The law in Floirida is quite clear; the person who buys the car *and*
signs / prints their name on the title must register the car in their
name and have a new title issued, before transferring the vehicle to a
If the title has not been filled out with your personal information,
and if your brother fills in his information on the top section of the
title, then your brother must have been the purchaser, right?
However, if you have filled in your name, address and signature, then
the vehicle must be titled to you and a new title issued before it can
be transferred to your brother.
In the eyes of the law, the name and signature on the title are the
final purchaser of the vehicle.
So, the answer to your question depends on what is currently on the
back of the title.