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How to Calculate Florida Sales Tax on a Motor Vehicle Purchase

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Florida law requires motor vehicle dealers to register and collect taxes on each vehicle it sells. However, if you buy a car directly from a private individual, rather than a dealer, you must pay the sales tax yourself.

For this reason, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recommends that you complete the sales transaction at your local county tax collector’s office to get guidance and ensure you’ve paid the correct amount.

State Sales Tax

Florida assesses a state sales tax of 6 percent on the full purchase price of the vehicle, at the time of publication. The full purchase price generally is the amount you actually pay for the vehicle.