(1) Purpose and Scope. This rule prescribes and defines the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Electronic Filing System and the participation requirements, certification of service providers, system requirements and enforcement authority for noncompliance.

Terms Used In Florida Regulations 15C-16.007

  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Statute: A law passed by a legislature.
    (2) Definitions. The words or terms as used in this rule shall have the following meanings:
    (a) “Certified Service Provider” means a Department approved provider of electronic registration and titling or other motor vehicle, vessel, mobile home, or off-highway vehicle transactions allowed under the Electronic Filing System. The Certified Service Provider hosts an approved system for interface between EFS agents and the Department.
    (b) “Department” means the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
    (c) “Electronic Filing System” means the system under the jurisdiction of and regulated by the Department which allows authorized EFS agents to process title and registration transactions.
    (d) “Electronic Filing System (EFS) agent” means an entity authorized by the Department to process title and registration transactions using the Electronic Filing System as defined in Florida Statutes § 320.03(10)
    (e) “Indicia” means any document, validation decal, paper stock or metal license plate necessary in titling and registration transactions.
    (f) “Inquiry” means accessing the Department’s database for information that does not result in the issuance of a title certificate or registration credential.
    (g) “Motor Vehicle” includes, for the purposes of this rule only, motor vehicles, vessels, mobile homes or off-highway vehicles.
    (h) “Sales Agreement” means the document that buyer and seller sign memorializing the terms of the sale and includes, but is not limited to a buyer’s order and a bill of sale.
    (i) “Tax Collector” means one of the 64 state constitution or 3 charter appointed tax collectors in the 67 counties of Florida who serve as agents of the Department for the delivery of title and registration services.
    (3) The Department and all Tax Collectors must allow any entity who meets the requirements set forth in this rule to participate as an EFS agent. Neither the Department nor a Tax Collector may deny an eligible EFS agent from participating. The Department, Tax Collectors, EFS agents, and Certified Service Providers shall comply with the provisions of these rules and may not add additional requirements not set forth in either the statute or these rules.
Rulemaking Authority 320.03(10)(a) FS. Law Implemented 320.03(10)(a), (b) FS. History—New 12-14-10, Formerly 15C-18.001.