Florida law provides for a variety of legal uses of temporary license plates. The most common is by motor vehicle dealers to allow customers who don’t have a license plate to transfer to be able to drive their newly purchased vehicle off the lot. The license plates are valid for 30 days, which gives dealers ample time to apply for titles and registrations for their customers.
If you are not a dealer, but you have acquired another vehicle and transferred your license plate from your old vehicle to the new vehicle, a temporary license plate may be obtained from the tax collector’s office so you may demonstrate your old vehicle while it is for sale.
Non-residents also are eligible to secure a temporary license plate for “in-transit” purposes if they purchase a vehicle in Florida and want to drive it back home. However, proof of insurance (from Florida or home state) and sales tax in the amount required by the home state must be paid. If you feel you may be eligible for a temporary license plate, inquire through your local tax collector’s office or the regional DMV office that serves your area.