State agency announces changes with 'e-titles'

Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 8:45 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 8:45 a.m.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is making changes regarding electronic titles on vehicles this month in an effort to “increase consumer protection, reduce mail to customers and make the most efficient use of state resources,” the agency announced.

As of Thursday, the department will no longer mail out letters to a vehicle owner with an electronic title or “e-title” saying that a lien has been satisfied. Currently both the lien holder and the department send out letters that a lien that has an e-title has been satisfied. The department also tells the owner how to obtain the title.

The change is “to reduce redundancy and to ensure the effective use of taxpayer resources,” the department reported. Instead, the department is partnering with financial institutions to increase public awareness about the benefits of an e-title.

Vehicle owners can still get a paper title by going to their local tax collector’s office or through the department’s Web site at

The agency is encouraging the use of electronic titles, which it reports reduces the risk of losing it and protects it from theft.

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