Frequently Asked Questions

 

Driver License

How do I renew my driver license?

Did you know you can renew, replace or update your driver license online if:

  • You have not previously used the one-time online convenience renewal
  • Your driver license or ID card is REAL ID compliant
  • You do not have a stop, hold or other violation on your driver license

Pay in Person
You must visit our service center if:

  • Your driver license or ID card is not REAL ID compliant
  • You have a stop, hold or violation on your driver license
  • You are getting your first Florida driver license
  • You already used your one-time online renewal
  • You changed your name
  • You let your driver license expire
  • You want to update your photo
  • You hold a Commercial Driver License (CDL)
  • You want to add or remove a designation
  • Your driver license has the word “Temporary” on it

Prepare for Your Visit
If you must come in, follow these tips to make your visit quick and efficient!

  • Make an appointment
  • Don’t wait until the last minute. You can renew your license 18 months before it expires.
  • Perform a free driver license check-up to see if you have any stops, holds or violations. Clearances can be processed at our office if you bring the required documentation.
How do I make an appointment for driver license service?

Making an appointment online is easy.

When is the REAL ID deadline?

Due to COVID-19, the Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID deadline to Oct. 1, 2021. This means residents who are not REAL ID-compliant may continue using their valid driver license or state identification card until Oct. 1, 2021.

My driver license is suspended. How do I get it re-instated?

Perform a free online driver license check. Follow the instructions to re-instate your driver license. If you have a Financial Responsibility (FR) or D6 suspension, please call us at 561-355-2264 for additional assistance.

Vessel

How do I renew my vessel registration?

Renew online
You can renew your vessel registration or obtain a replacement registration online. You will need to provide personal identifying information of the vessel’s owner to log in and complete the transaction. If you renew online, you will receive your registration in the mail within 7-10 business days. You can also request an emailed confirmation receipt that can be used until the registration arrives in the mail. When paying by credit / debit card keep in mind that a 2.4% convenience fee applies (min. $2.00). Convenience fees are collected by the credit / debit card vendor and are not retained by our office.

Renew by mail
When you renew your registration by mail, you will receive your registration within 10-15 business days.

Renew using our secure drop box
Want to cut down a little on the payment processing time? Then drop your payment off using our secure drop box which is located inside each of our service centers. Just keep in mind that you need to drop your payment off during regular business hours. We do not provide 24/7 access to our drop boxes.

Tangible Personal Property Tax

What is Tangible Personal Property Tax?

Tangible personal property taxes are assessments on assets used in a business, such as furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment, appliances, tools, signs, supplies and leased equipment.

How is the amount of the tangible personal property tax bill determined?

When filing your Tax Return with the Property Appraiser’s Office, be sure to report all assets, including fully depreciated and expensed assets. Provide the asset description original installed cost, year acquired and your estimate of value. The Property Appraiser’s office makes the final determination.

I went out of business. What should I do?

If you were in business as of January 1, of the assessment year, your tax bill is valid and must be paid. In addition, you must notify the Property Appraiser’s office at (561) 355-2896. Inform their office that you are no longer in business, so they do not assess you for the next year.

Tourist Development Tax

Who is responsible for filing and remitting TDT?

The property owner bears the responsibility for filing and remitting TDT including all taxes, fees, penalties and interest to this agency. The property owner bears this responsibility even if they have permitted others to file and pay on their behalf (such as agency, property management companies or online platforms).

Does your agency allow the waiving of late fees and interest?

No. The Constitutional Tax Collector, serving Palm Beach County is consistent in the application of late fees, penalties and interest. It is the taxpayer’s responsibility to understand the filing deadlines. Although extenuating circumstances may exist, such as a hurricane or system outage, these exceptions will be communicated as they arise. It is important to remember this agency is responsible for collecting and distributing all taxes and fees for the good of the community.

Motor Vehicle

How do I renew my vehicle registration?

Pay Online
Did you know you can renew your registration right here on our website? You can renew online for one or two years or obtain a replacement if:

  • You can provide personal identifying information of the vehicle’s owner to log in and complete the transaction.
  • Your valid Florida insurance is on file and matches your vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • You do not have a stop, hold or other violation on your driver license.

If you renew online, you will receive your registration in the mail within 7-10 business days. You can also request an email confirmation receipt that can be used until the registration arrives in the mail. When paying by credit / debit card keep in mind that a 2.4% convenience fee applies (min. $2.00). Convenience fees are collected by the credit / debit card vendor and are not retained by our office.

Renew by mail
When you renew your registration by mail, you will receive your registration within 10-15 business days.

Renew using our secure drop box
Want to cut down a little on the payment processing time? Then drop your payment off using our secure drop box which is located inside each of our service centers. Just keep in mind that you need to drop your payment off during regular business hours. We do not provide 24/7 access to our drop boxes.

Pay in Person
You must visit our service center if:

  • Florida insurance data is not on file or does not match your VIN.
  • You have a stop, hold or other violation on your driver license.
  • Your registration is more than eight months past the expiration date.
  • Heavy trucks (gross vehicle weight of 26,001 lbs. or more) cannot be renewed online.
What do I need to do to title my vehicle in Florida?

If your vehicle is currently titled in Florida, please visit our Vehicles Titled in Florida section for more information about transferring the title. If your vehicle is titled in another state, please visit our Vehicles Previously Titled Out of State section.

How much does it cost to transfer my title?
Title Transfer/Duplicate $75.25
Mail Electronic Title additional $2.50
Expedited Title additional $10.00

 

How do I surrender my license plate?

License plates may be surrendered in person, in a service center drop box or by mail.

Real Estate Property Tax

How can I check to see if my 2019 property tax has been paid?

Follow these steps to check your account right here on our website.

  • Click here for the Real Estate Property Tax Pay Online page.
  • Follow the instructions to search for your property.
  • When the results are returned, click your Property Control Number to view your account.
  • If there is an amount due, you will see that amount in the Collection Cart in the upper right corner. If there is no amount due, the Collection Cart will read “No payment due for this account.”
How do I wire funds to your office?

Please email wires@pbctax.com and we will send you step-by-step instructions.

I'm on the installment payment plan. How is my payment calculated?

A taxpayer who uses the installment method pays an estimated tax equal to the actual taxes for the preceding year. The payment schedule is:

  • 1st Installment – Due Jun. 30 – 1/4 the total estimated taxes discounted 6%
  • 2nd Installment – Due Sep. 30 – 1/4 the total estimated taxes discounted 4.5%
  • 3rd Installment – Due Dec. 31 – 1/2 the remaining balance after June and September payments are applied
  • 4th Installment – Due Mar. 31 – 1/2 the remaining balance after June and September payments are applied
What happens if I miss one of the installment payments?

If you miss the June payment, you will be removed from the Installment Payment Plan. Property taxes will be due in one lump sum beginning Nov 1 and payable through Mar 31.

If you miss the September payment, this payment becomes due with the December installment. The same is true if you miss the December payment, this payment becomes due with the March installment.

Any amount remaining unpaid on April 1 becomes delinquent.

How do I stop participation in the Installment Payment Plan?

Cancelling participation in the Installment Payment Plan is easy. Simply, do not make the first installment payment due in June. Once this is done you will not receive any additional installment payment bills. Property taxes will be due in one lump sum beginning Nov 1 and payable through Mar 31.

Local Business Tax

Why do I need a local business tax receipt for Palm Beach County?

No person shall engage in or manage any business, profession or occupation in the county without first obtaining a local business tax receipt from the Tax Collector (Palm Beach County Ordinance 17-17).

Does the address on my state license have to reflect the location where I work?

No. The business address does not have to match the certification address.

I own a salon. Do I need a cosmetology local business tax receipt?

If you are also a licensed professional with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, you are required to obtain a local business tax receipt in addition to the business.

Do I need zoning approval?

If the business is located within a municipality an application must be submitted to the city for approval. If the business is located in unincorporated Palm Beach County, an application must be submitted to Palm Beach County Planning, Zoning & Building for approval.

Does my out-of-county business need a local business tax receipt?

If you normally provide merchandise or service to the public in Palm Beach County, you need a local business tax receipt.

If you are only providing merchandise or service temporarily to the public in Palm Beach County you do not need a local business tax receipt. However, you must be licensed by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation and have a current business tax receipt from the county of your business location.