Verifying a Vehicle Identification (VIN) Number.
Florida law requires that, when applying for a Florida title for the first time on a used motor vehicle, the owner must sign a sworn statement that the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the odometer reading on the vehicle are correct. Additionally, a physical inspection of the vehicle must be done by an authorized person to certify the VIN.
Notaries public are included in the list of persons authorized to certify this information. § 319.23(3)(a)(2), Fla. Stat. A form prepared by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, HSMV 82042 (Rev. 5/95)S, is used for this purpose.
Part A requires the owner’s sworn statement regarding the correct VIN and odometer reading. A jurat, or notarial certificate, is provided in this section. The notary should make sure that the information in Part A is complete prior to the notarization.
Part B requires the notary public, or other authorized person, to certify that he or she has physically inspected the vehicle and found the VIN to be identical to the number recorded on the form. The notary public must include the date, sign the document, print his or her name, and affix his or her notary seal.
This VIN verification form is also found on the Application for Certificate of Title With/Without Registration, HSMV 82040 (Rev. 5/96)S. These forms and all other forms related to vehicle registration are available from the tag office of the Tax Collector’s Office in each county.
You can also download this form directly from the Florida DVM following this link:
We are pleased to come to you (to your home, office, or workplace) to perform the VIN verification service. Just schedule an appointment or request a personalized quote by filling out the form on the right and we will call you or email you shortly with all the information and details requested. (you can also call us 24/7 at 305.791.6909 for more information and rates)
Please feel free to contact us via email or by calling (305) 791-6909 for more information and rates for this particular service or if you have any other questions or comments about the notarial services our team of professional public notaries provides.
The information above described is been based on the “GOVERNOR’S REFERENCE MANUAL FOR NOTARIES” available free to the public on the flgov.com website.