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The 2019 Florida Statutes

Title XXIV
VESSELS
Chapter 328
VESSELS: TITLE CERTIFICATES; LIENS; REGISTRATION
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F.S. 328.09
1328.09 Refusal to issue and authority to cancel a certificate of title or registration.
(1) If the department determines at any time that an applicant for a certificate of title or registration gave a false statement or false or incomplete information in applying for the certificate or otherwise failed to comply with the applicable provisions pertaining to the application for a certificate, it may refuse to issue the certificate.
(2) If the department determines at any time that an owner or dealer named in a certificate of title or registration gave a false statement or false or incomplete information in applying for the certificate or otherwise failed to comply with the applicable provisions pertaining to the application for a certificate, it may cancel the certificate.
(3) The department may cancel any pending application or any certificate if it determines that any title or registration fee or sales tax pertaining to such registration has not been paid, provided such fee or tax is not paid upon reasonable notice.
(4) The department may not issue a certificate of title to any applicant for any vessel that has been deemed derelict by a law enforcement officer under s. 823.11. A law enforcement officer must inform the department in writing, which may be provided by facsimile, electronic mail, or other electronic means, of the vessel’s derelict status and supply the department with the vessel title number or vessel identification number. The department may issue a certificate of title once a law enforcement officer has verified in writing, which may be provided by facsimile, electronic mail, or other electronic means, that the vessel is no longer a derelict vessel.
History.s. 4, ch. 67-586; ss. 25, 35, ch. 69-106; s. 13, ch. 74-327; s. 23, ch. 78-95; s. 13, ch. 84-184; s. 12, ch. 2017-163; s. 12, ch. 2019-76.
1Note.Section 12, ch. 2019-76, amended s. 328.09, effective July 1, 2023, to read:

328.09 Refusal to issue and authority to cancel a certificate of title or registration.

(1) Unless an application for a certificate of title is rejected under subsection (3) or subsection (4), the department shall create a certificate for the vessel in accordance with subsection (2) not later than 30 days after delivery to the department of an application that complies with s. 328.01.

(2) If the department creates electronic certificates of title, the department shall create an electronic certificate unless in the application the secured party of record or, if none, the owner of record requests that the department create a written certificate.

(3) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (4), the department may reject an application for a certificate of title only if:

(a) The application does not comply with s. 328.01;

(b) The application does not contain documentation sufficient for the department to determine whether the applicant is entitled to a certificate;

(c) There is a reasonable basis for concluding that the application is fraudulent or issuance of a certificate would facilitate a fraudulent or illegal act;

(d) The application does not comply with the laws of this state other than this part; or

(e) The application is for a vessel that has been deemed derelict by a law enforcement officer under s. 823.11. In such case, a law enforcement officer must inform the department in writing, which may be provided by facsimile, e-mail, or other electronic means, of the vessel’s derelict status and supply the department with the vessel title number or vessel identification number. The department may issue a certificate of title once a law enforcement officer has verified in writing, which may be provided by facsimile, e-mail, or other electronic means, that the vessel is no longer a derelict vessel.

(4) The department shall reject an application for a certificate of title for a vessel that is a documented vessel or a foreign-documented vessel.

(5) The department may cancel a certificate of title created by it only if the department:

(a) Could have rejected the application for the certificate under subsection (3);

(b) Is required to cancel the certificate under another provision of this part; or

(c) Receives satisfactory evidence that the vessel is a documented vessel or a foreign-documented vessel.

(6) The decision by the department to reject an application for a certificate of title or cancel a certificate of title pursuant to this section is subject to a hearing pursuant to ss. 120.569 and 120.57 at which the owner and any other interested party may present evidence in support of or opposition to the rejection of the application for a certificate of title or the cancellation of a certificate of title.

Note.Former s. 371.78.