CLEARWATER - Residents visiting the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office to renew their vehicle registration after Sept. 1 may be pleasantly surprised.
The legislature passed Senate Bill 156, which lowers the cost of motor vehicle registration fees for Florida residents beginning Sept. 1. It is estimated that Florida vehicle owners will save approximately $400 million a year.
In a proactive effort Diane Nelson, Pinellas County Tax Collector, is mailing September renewals later than normal to reduce confusion and help residents take advantage of the new lower fees. She wants to give residents every opportunity to take advantage of the savings this legislation offers.
Nelson said, “I would be disheartened if someone with a September renewal accidentally renewed their vehicle registration before the first and missed out on the opportunity to save money because they were not informed of the new fee structure.”
All September renewals were mailed Monday, Aug. 18, and included an informational insert about the reduced fee structure. Residents will be able to renew their registrations at the new lower rates beginning Monday, Sept. 1, online, and Tuesday, Sept. 2, in branch offices.
Tax Collector offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. However, residents are encouraged to renew online at taxcollect.com, where they may print a renewal confirmation receipt. For more information, visit www.taxcollect.com.