How do I surrender my license plate to the FLHSMV when I move out of Florida?

How do I surrender my license plate to the FLHSMV when I move out of Florida?

To surrender your license plate to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) when you move out of Florida, you can follow these general steps:

  1. Remove the Plate: Take off your license plate from your vehicle. Ensure that you keep the registration sticker, as you may need it for documentation. You’ll probably need to purchase insurance and plate your vehicle in your new home state before taking this step.
  2. Visit an FLHSMV Office: Locate a nearby FLHSMV office or tax collector’s office. You can use the FLHSMV website or contact their customer service to find the nearest office. If you’re out of Florida already, the plate can be mailed. The address is: DHSMV
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    2900 Apalachee Parkway
    Tallahassee, FL 32399
  3. Surrender the Plate: Bring the removed license plate to the FLHSMV office. You may be required to complete a surrender form, which can be provided at the office.
  4. Provide Documentation: Bring any required documentation, such as your driver’s license or identification, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance.
  5. Pay Fees (if applicable): Check with the FLHSMV office to see if there are any surrender or processing fees. Some states may require a fee for surrendering license plates.
  6. Obtain a Receipt: Once you have surrendered the license plate, make sure to obtain a receipt or confirmation that you have surrendered it. This can be useful for your records. If you’ve mailed the plate, mail it certified mail with a return receipt and access the FLHSMV servicing portal here to ensure that your driver’s license doesn’t suspend in Florida in about 45 days from mailing the plate.

It’s always a good idea to check with the specific FLHSMV office you plan to visit or contact their customer service for any additional requirements or information specific to your situation. Keep in mind that the process may vary, and it’s essential to comply with Florida’s regulations regarding license plate surrender when moving out of the state. The Phone number for FLHSMV is 850-617-2000.

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If you have specific insurance or car insurance related questions within the State of Florida or you’re looking for an indpendent auto insurance broker to provide you with auto insurance quotes when you’re new to Florida, please contact Allie Horblitt with Barefoot Insurance Brokers at 786-440-8242 or by email at

Meet our licensed agent Roxanne Martinez

Meet our licensed agent Roxanne Martinez

Meet our licensed agent Roxanne Martinez!

Roxanne Martinez, licensed insurance Broker with Barefoot Insurance Brokers is working with over 18 unique auto insurance carriers at present to bring you the most competitive pricing for the following Florida insurance products:

  • Automobile Insurance
  • Motorcycle Insurance
  • Antique/ Classic Auto
  • Commercial Auto
  • Heavy Truck Insurance
  • Boat, RV, and ATV Insurance
  • Renter’s Insurance
  • Condo Insurance
  • Homeowner’s Insurance
  • SR-22
  • FR-44
  • Owner’s & Non-owner’s policies
  • Contractor’s General Liability
  • Commercial Lines (Retail, Storefronts, Auto Repair Shops, Offices, etc.)
  • Life Insurance & Annuities
  • Personal Umbrellas
  • & More!

Most consumers are currently paying more than they’d like for their Florida insurance Products and I’m interested in helping you find a better value for your Florida insurance needs. I can also work with clients who don’t presently have Florida car insurance but are in immediate need for coverage—I can quote and bind auto insurance on the same day!

The market for insurance is always changing in Florida. Obtaining free quotes is a simple step in finding out whether there is money to be saved or at least become more knowledgeable about that type of insurance you’re purchasing for yourself.

For auto insurance, it might be useful to know how you plan on using your vehicle such as pleasure, commuting, or business use on the Florida Roadways. Especially with heavy trucks, which can carry an assortment of goods or services, it is always best to know exactly what it will be used for, your mileage radius from your home or business headquarters, and how often you’ll be visiting jobsites or new clients. This can be particularly important because it gives me, your insurance agent, a better idea of what carriers will underwrite your particular risk and offer you affordable coverage.

 Personal or Commercial auto insurance in Florida may be just a portion of the insurance coverage needed. I could also put you in direct contact with other insurance professionals within my office that can run commercial general liability or homeowner’s insurance quotes in Florida, even in the Coastal Regions of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Hutchinson Island and Cocoa Beach.


Roxanne Martinez will strive to offer you the most competitively priced insurance options for your needs across the State of Florida. Call (954)368-0060, extension 9, text (954) 399-3349 or email me at today to complete a NO OBLIGATION analysis of your current insurance policies and FREE QUOTES to save you some money on your Florida insurance coverages.

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National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

National Driving Impaired Prevention Month

In the month of December, a handful of organizations have banded together to bring social awareness to impaired driving in the United States. The organizations that have deemed this month: “National Impaired Driving Prevention Month”

The Organizations involved in this alliance include:

  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • U.S. Department of Health
  • Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

More vehicular related deaths occur during the holiday season than any other time of year making it the clear choice that December was chosen as the awareness month to prevent impaired driving on American roadways and especially within the State of Florida.

Drunk driving, one of many possible impairments while behind the wheel of a car, contributes to a third of traffic fatalities. According to data collected in 2018, the last week of the year drunk driving fatalities increased to half of all traffic fatalities in the United States and almost laterally to the statistics in the State of Florida.

In 2021 there were over 10,000 deaths due to impaired driving across the United States; out of those 799 deaths occurred on Florida roadways.

The most dangerous cities on Florida Roadways are two of our top travel destinations: Orlando and Daytona. In 2016 Orlando was ranked as the 6th most dangerous city in Florida and Daytona ranked the 9th, according to data published by FLHSMV.

If you’re caught, or worse, involved in an accident while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Florida you are subject to some strict penalties including fines, fees and possible jail time. You’re also, as always, responsible for your third-party Bodily Injury Liability that could arise from an incident on a Florida roadway which could directly translate to a lawsuit. The average amount spent on the costs associated with a DWI/DUI in the State of Florida in 2022 is $14,000 for one driver caught driving under the influence without considering the possibility of an injury or accident. 

In addition to the costs, your license would most likely become suspended or revoked and you’d end up needing to take specific advanced driver education within Florida and be forced to carry a Florida FR44 for 3 years from the date of the conviction. 

What is a Florida FR-44?

An FR-44 certificate is a notice to the State of Florida’s FLHSMV that you’ve obtained the proper coverage to be legal to drive on the roadways, with insurance supervision from the state officials. The FR44 is a requirement for people with severe driving offences, such as a DUI/DWI conviction occuring on a Florida roadway. An FR-44 requires higher liability coverage than a SR-22 which is only a $10,000 per person liability requirement to the Florida DMV or FLHSMV. The cost range is typically $600-$2000 every 6 months for a non-owner policy (like if you need the Florida FR-44 Filing but you don’t own a vehicle) and can range in cost between $700-5000 (sometimes more if your car needs physical damage coverage) every 6 months for the required $100,000 per person liability on the Florida FR44 as a vehicle owner. If your license has been suspended and you then become convicted of a DWI in Florida, an FR44 certificate is required in order to reinstate your license and must be maintained continuously without lapse for 3 years.

In the month of December you can display a blue ribbon to bring awareness to impaired driving on the Florida roadways. 

Are you interested in more information on how to prevent impaired driving and what you can do as a consumer and citizens?

Do you need assistance with your Florida FR-44 Insurance filing? If you’re in the market for new FR44 quotes, rates, a new policy or information, call 321-218-3880, extension 6 to speak with Allie Horblitt. 

Allie Horblitt, Insurance Agent with Barefoot Insurance Brokers, works out of both the South Florida and Central Florida offices and can write Florida FR44 Insurance across the state, but specializing in Car insurance coverage in Duval County, Nassau County, Jacksonville, St Johns County, St Augustine, Yulee, all through the Space Coast and the Greater Tampa Area. 

Personal Property Inventory List: “The Importance and how to create a Schedule of Property”

Personal Property Inventory List: “The Importance and how to create a Schedule of Property”

Personal Property Inventory List: “The Importance and how to create a Schedule of Property”

Inventory list

Do you remember the serial number on the back of your TV? How about where and for how much money you bought your gaming computer? What about the details surrounding that magical day you asked your girlfriend to be your wife? What was the value of her engagement ring? The clarity of the diamond? Where it was purchased?

Even cherished memories of our purchases may fade. Without receipts or appraisals or perhaps even a list of your personal property, how do you track the details for your Florida Homeowner’s or Renter’s Insurance provider in the event of a loss?

But what happens if those beloved items are lost or damaged? When submitting a claim for personal property an insurance company can provide apps to curate a list at the time of your insurance loss, or you could go about it in your own way, pen and paper or an Excel doc as another option. There are many tools online to help you create a detailed list of personal or business property so that you aren’t left with nothing at the time of an insurance claim.

Once you’ve chosen how to log the information and create a schedule of your belongings, whether it is digitally or handwritten, you’ll want to organize it for functionality in the event of an insurance loss. From there you can further organize it into items by room, perhaps. An easy way to make sure everything is categorized in a familiar way is to determine how you’re organizing your personal property on the schedule. You can organize by value, or by type (electronics, jewelry, furniture, etc).

As you go from room to room, the details of the valuable items you will put on your list should be:

  – What the item is, with its make, model, serial number and purchase price.

  – Where you bought the item and what it cost. (Include receipt of copy of receipt)

  – Warranty Information

  – Photos of the item

What you choose to put on this list is up to you, you can be as detailed as listing everything, tables, chairs, curtains, TVs, picture frames, just list the high ticket items (Electronics, Jewelry, Art), items that are meaningful (Heirlooms) or a mixture of all the above.

If you created a digital list, print outs should exist to further back them up and they should be stored off-site, in a safety deposit box or perhaps a work filing cabinet or safe.

How about a video inventory of your belongings? That’s a very efficient way to log your personal property for your insurance company if you ever were to sustain a loss by theft or fire.

Doing walk throughs, getting close up of serial numbers and such is a great addition to your list! And of course, never forget photos of the items as well. Serial numbers and general photos to show the quality and condition of each item so that they are properly accounted for. 

Once you’ve made your list you should make a copy of it, both physically and digitally, one should be store at home and then one off property in the event of a total loss: safety deposit box or a loved one’s house. It’s advised to go over and update personal property list every 6 months or, in Florida, at the onset of hurricane season on June 1st or immediately after the holidays when you’ve done some purging and purchased new belongings.

Navigating the waters of your property insurance in Florida can be a daunting task. While having a personal property inventory is one step of the process, it’s also helpful to have a trusted insurance advisor to discuss coverages, deductibles, sublimits and additional insurance products that can “fill your gaps” and make you whole in the event of an insurance loss.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Barefoot Insurance Brokers of Titusville today for quotes and information to secure your Florida Home, your property inside and outside of your home and your Central Florida Business. Call us at 321-218-3880 or email for more information today. Allie Horblitt is a licensed insurance agent in Florida with over 10 years of industry experience who would love to help you with your new Titusville, Mims, Cocoa, Viera, Melbourne and Cocoa Beach Homeowner’s Insurance.

Florida Homeowner’s Insurance: Policy Navigation, Sub-limits & more!

Florida Homeowner’s Insurance: Policy Navigation, Sub-limits & more!


The average single-family homeowner in Florida carries an HO-3 form of homeowner’s insurance that covers an array of different loss scenarios and coverages at various limits to cover both repairs and rebuilds your home and replace your personal property in the event of a loss. Most legitimate Florida Homeowner’s insurance claims submitted are due to internal water damage within the home–most carriers are now offering a sublimit or option to exclude this coverage now due to the risk— but other covered events under this policy form include:

  • Theft
  • Fire Damage
  • Windstorm events like rain, tornadoes and fallen trees
  • Airplane crash incidents

If you are financing your home, most mortgage lenders require a HO-3 homeowners’ insurance policy as part of the terms of lending.

Unlike your car insurance policy that might renew every 6 months,  homeowner’s insurance terms typically renew on an annual basis every 12 months.

When applying for homeowner’s insurance quotes with an independent insurance agent, there are some insurance inspections you’ll want to consider obtaining prior to the quoting process. These include:

  • Wind Mitigation Inspection– This is a visual examination of the condition of your roof and how it was constructed as well as other mitigating features that offer “discounts” on your Florida homeowner’s insurance premiums.
  • 4 point inspection- Typically required on homes over 40 years or with updates from original, The “4 points” being inspected are: The roof, plumbing, HVAC system, and Electrical systems within the home and it surveys their condition and age for the insurer to assess whether they’re interested in providing coverage on any particular property. While these inspections can remain valid with the same insurer for your renewals for quite a while, the new Florida criteria is that this inspection is typically considered valid for 1 year on new business.

Every HO-3 Homeowner’s insurance policy in Florida is comprised of more than one coverage. Section I includes coverage for the building, secondary structures (if included) or insured property, Section II has details on Liability Coverages extended to the insured property and the last section is can include additional coverages both optional and included like a Loss of use feature or Ordinance and Law Increase or a higher mold coverage sublimit, depending on the options and value added benefits of the insurer.

Let’s break these coverages down a bit more:

Section one of the policy is designed to insure the value of your Dwelling (helps pay to repair or rebuild the physical structure if damaged by a covered hazard), Other Structures (protects structures on your property that are not connected to your home), Personal Property (helps cover the cost of your personal items if destroyed, damaged, or stolen due to a covered loss), and Loss of Use (can help pay for reasonable housing and living expenses in the event your home is temporarily unlivable while being repaired).

Section II will typically outline the Property Liability Insurance Coverage (when someone claims you or your negligence caused the injury or property damage) and medical payments (to others, not residents) in the event that there is an accident on your property.

Sub-limits primarily impact certain kinds of personal property coverage or specific losses covered under your Florida homeowner’s insurance policy. A sublimit is the most money a carrier will reimburse you for a covered loss, sometimes subject to the deductible but always subject to the terms of the individual policy contract. Some typical examples of sublimits include:

  • Computers: $1500
  • Fine Art: $2500
  • Firearms: $2000
  • Jewelry: $1000 to $5000

Now that we have a better understanding of some of our Florida Homeowner’s insurance policy elements, lets discuss what’s going on in news about our current coverage and the future of our insurance coverage in Florida!

Florida is in the midst of a homeowner’s insurance crisis. Our current state Statutes so haphazardly dictate the business practices of insurance carriers creating an increase in cost, a decrease in product availability and the likelihood of our State-Backed Residual insurer, Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, increasing prices to reduce demand for their product. In the coming week there will be a special session in regards to homeowners insurance amongst the State of Florida Lawmakers. As of Thursday morning there were no specific bills that had been filed just yet.

Previously Citizens Property Insurance Corporation (CPIC) has been a hot topic. CPIC was designed  to be the insurer of last resort within the State of Florida and they were rarely synonymous for offering the lowest premiums in the marketplace.

Some officials are stating that if Citizens Property Insurance Corporation was to raise their premiums it would level out the market and create more flow to private insurers.

Private companies in today’s Florida Property Insurance market are an average of 44% higher in price than CPIC at this moment in time. Many Florida Homeowner’s insurance companies won’t even offer coverage on coastal homes in densely populated areas of Miami, Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Coastal Palm Beach County. Our Coastal Florida residents often have no options outside of CPIC for coverage and the increase in their costs of over 44% could further damage the state of the Market if not repealed by the Citizens of Florida  this will affect.

The special session convenes Monday, December 12th, 2022. To make your voice heard we have listed numbers to call and emails to message as published by FAIA, Florida Association of Independent Agents:

Governor Ron DeSantis

(850) 717-9337 or


Speaker of the House Paul Renner

(850) 717-5019 or


President of the Florida Senate Kathleen Passidomo

(239) 417-6205 or


Please review the FAIA points of contention for the special session, attached.

Barefoot Insurance Brokers are dedicated to helping our fellow Floridians insure your Coastal Florida Property and securing coverage as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. If you feel that your private market premiums or your CPIC premiums are out of hand and you’re looking for ways to insurer within budget, please feel free to reach out to one of our licensed, Florida Insurance agents for Homeowner’s insurance quotes all over Florida and in high-risk places in Fort Lauderdale, Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and Hallendale, Florida.

Barefoot Insurance Brokers offer an array of other products that would protect the average Florida Coastal Homeowner, too, including Flood Insurance, Inland Marine and Personal Article Floaters, Comprehensive auto insurance policies and Hurricane Protection Plans. Call today at 954-368-0060

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Holiday Shopping & Comprehensive Insurance

Holiday Shopping & Comprehensive Insurance

The winter holidays are here and our shopping has commenced! While gift shopping for your loved ones this winter season, your Insurance agent at Barefoot Insurance Brokers wants to make sure to take extra precautions to protect your valuables and yourself from all of the perils of the holiday season.


Some safety tips to keep in mind this holiday season are:


Keep your shopping bags out of plain sight and in your trunk if possible. Take the “out of sight, out of mind” approach to protecting your holiday purchases and keep thieves from breaking into your car in crowded parking lots. Did you know that your comprehensive insurance on your Florida auto insurance policy doesn’t cover the cost of replacement for your side windows if broken, unless you exceed your deductible amount?

Lock your vehicle. Locking your car can prevent unnecessary theft of your vehicle and it’s contents during the shopping rush. Many criminals will walk through rows of cars in shopping mall parking lots checking door handles to steal your belongings without forceful entry. 

Park your vehicle in well-lit areas. The more well-lit the parking lot is while shopping at night, the more you’d deter unwanted entrance in your vehicle or even people approaching you while you’re in public.

Have your keys in hand when approaching your car. Many victims of theft aren’t paying attention to their surroundings. Your prospectus in a parking lot should be to enter your vehicle and safely pull away as quickly as possible and not to loiter around. You don’t want to attract any unnecessary attention when you exit a store alone with expensive merchandise.


When and if an incident does happen, it’s important to know that there are car insurance coverages that protect and help ease the financial burden of a loss. Comprehensive auto insurance coverage is an optional coverage on your Florida auto insurance policy that protects you against non-collision damage to your vehicle: theft, vandalism, glass (exceeding the deductible) and windshield damage, weather related damages and other acts of nature. Your comprehensive auto insurance can be included on your existing state required PIP and Property Damage Liability coverage and you likely carry this portion of physical damage coverage if you’re currently financing or leasing your vehicle. In the State of Florida when you have comprehensive insurance coverage and your windshield has a crack, your insurance will cover a replacement, unlike your side windows and rear windshield that may be subject to your deductible.


In the event of theft of your personal belongings or purchased merchandise from your vehicle, your existing renter’s insurance, Florida Condo Insurance or homeowner’s insurance could couple with the auto insurance company to provide financial relief. Comprehensive will cover components and features that are permanent in your car but not the merchandise.


Your major credit card company like Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover may also have sublimits within the user agreement that help to reimburse you for expenses or costs related to lost or stolen merchandise. If you’re a victim of a  burglary related crime in Florida this holiday season, you may have several options available to recuperate the expenses related to your circumstance.


A licensed insurance broker with Barefoot Insurance Brokers of Florida can better help you understand what’s covered on your existing auto insurance as well as help you find more affordable and efficient insurance products. We recommend that you reach out to Julia Dourvetakis via call or text at 954-866-5723 this holiday season for helpful insurance insight, advice and quotes to protect you and your loved ones.


Julia Dourvetakis can service your property insurance needs across the State of Florida with a focus on the coastal regions of Central and South Florida including Titusville, Merritt Island, Cocoa Beach and Indialantic Florida and an emphasis on high-risk regions in Palm Beach, Broward, Dade and Monroe Counties.