Definition of Lessor and Lessee:
Lessor – If the owner-operator (lessor) is the registrant and the vehicle is registered in the name of the owner-operator, the apportioning of fees is based on the operational records of the owner-operator, and the license plate and cab card are the property of the owner-operator
Lessee – If the motor carrier (lessee) is the registrant (vehicle is registered in both the owner-operator’s name and that of the motor carrier as lessee), the apportioning of fees is based on the records of the motor carrier and the license plate and cab card are the property of the motor carrier.
If the motor carrier (lessee) is the registrant, a copy of the lease agreement between the lessor and the lessee (and a copy of the out-of-state title, if applicable), must be submitted.
For-Hire Out-of-State Vehicle Ownership
Vehicles owned by an out-of-state resident and having an out-of-state title may register in Florida without transferring the title, providing that a current lease agreement exists between the out-of-state owner and a Florida-based company or resident. Florida “base jurisdiction” requirements apply..
A photocopy of the front and back of the out-of-state title and the lease agreement are required.
A VIN verification form (HSMV 82042) is also required.
Household Goods Carriers
For equipment leased from service representatives, the household goods carrier may elect to register in the base state of the service representative, or that of the carrier.
If the household goods carrier elects to register in the service representative’s base state, the registration will reflect both the name of the service representative, and that of the carrier as lessee.
We will calculate the apportioned fees based on the service representative’s records. The service representative must make the records available in his base state.
If the household goods carrier elects to register in his base state, the registration will reflect the name of the carrier, and that of the service representative as lessor.
We will calculate the apportioned fees according to the mileage records maintained by the carrier. The carrier must include both interstate and intrastate miles operated by those vehicles under the IRP agreement. The household goods carrier must make the records available in his base state.
If the owner-operator uses his equipment exclusively to transport cargo for a household goods carrier, he must register the equipment in his base state, but in both his name and that of the carrier as lessee. This requirement does not apply to Service Representatives. The carrier's mileage records determine the apportioned fees.
A “Private Carrier” is an individual or company whose primary vehicle use is for the advancement of his business, which is not a transportation business. Private carriers haul their own goods using their own equipment, and are responsible for all mileage records.