After the initial registration of the vehicle, you are required to renew your license plate every year by your birth day. Four to Six weeks before your birth month DMV in Tallahassee will mail you out your yearly Registration Renewal Card.

Did You Know......

You do not have to wait for your Registration Renewal Card to come before you can renew. You are allowed to renew your license plate up to three months in advance of your birth month.

You also have two options when renewing your license plate. You can renew for one year at a time or you can renew for two years allowing you to renew your license plate every other year.

You may renew your license plate registration in person at the Tax Collector's office or by mailing the registration card to the Tax Collector with your check or money order. You may also renew over the internet at our online site, Renewal Site. When renewing by the internet you. Additional fees will be added for mail or internet renewals.

Please note: The Columbia County Tax Collector's Office is separate and completely independent of the Division of Motor Vehicles Office. Any problems or questions should be directed to 850-617-2000


Florida uses a metal license plate with the alpha numeric system, meaning there are combinations of letters and numbers used for identification. The renewal sticker denoting the owner's birth month and expiration date is placed in the upper right hand corner of the license plate. The license plate is displayed on the rear of the vehicle with the exception of certain commercial vehicles. The plate is issued to the owner for six years. The owner will receive a new plate (with new numbers and letters) during the sixth year.