Vehicle Identification (VIN) Number Verification
Verifying a Vehicle Identification (VIN) Number using Form HSMV 82042.
Florida law requires Vehicle owners to complete out of state VIN inspections whenever they apply for a Florida title for the first time on a used motor vehicle with an out-of-state registration or title certificate, 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.
VIN verification is required for all USED motor vehicles not currently titled in Florida, including non-recreational trailers with a weight of 2,000 pounds or more. If the VIN is verified by an out of state motor vehicle dealer, the verification must be submitted on their letterhead stationery. As part of the VIN inspection, owner must complete PART A of an application for Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification (Form HSMV 82042). Applicants may obtain the form online or at their local tax collector’s office. When completing PART A of the application for a VIN number inspection, motorists must provide the following information:
- The vehicle Identification information: Year, Make, Color, Body, VIN and the state in which the vehicle was previously titled.
- An odometer declaration.
- The name and signature of the vehicle owner.
- The names and signatures of the public notary or licensed inspector.
Also 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. An authorized person must complete PART B of the application for Vehicle Identification Number and Odometer Verification (Form HSMV 82042). If you are unable to bring the vehicle to your local County Tax Collector office or License Plate Agency (Tag agencies) the VIN must be physically inspected and documented on the form HSMV 82042 by one of the following authorized persons:
- A law enforcement officer from any state.
- A licensed Florida or out of state motor vehicle dealer.
- A Florida DMV Compliance Examiner/Inspector, DMV or Tax Collector employee.
- A Notary Public commissioned by the state of Florida.
- Provost Marshal (an officer who supervises the military police of a command)
- A commissioned officer in active military service, with a rank of 2nd Lieutenant or higher or an LNC, “Legalman, Chief Petty Officer, E-7.”
Public Notaries 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 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” and “DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES” available free to the public on their websites.