Charlotte County is named for its Charlotte Harbor. It is located in Southwest Florida along the Gulf of Mexico. Charlotte County borders Sarasota, DeSoto, Glades, and Lee Counties. The land area is 859 square miles and its population is over 182,000. Some of its cities include Cape Haze, Englewood, Manasota Key, Port Charlotte, and Punta Gorda.
Charlotte County has many waterfront parks including Laishley Park, a 16-acre park adjacent to the downtown area, Gilchrist Park, a 20-acre riverfront park, and Ponce DeLeon Park, a harbor front park.
Many government services provided at the county level are available from either the DMV Office or the Clerk of Court - also known as the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The DMV focuses on licenses and tags for anything that you drive including cars, boats, motorcycles, trucks, RVs and more.
Your Clerk of Court delivers an enormous amount of services. Examples include your civil and criminal courts, bail bonds, boating and fishing citations, traffic citations, marriage licenses, adoptions, jury service, parking, passports, and many more.
Your Charlotte County DMV offices provide vehicle registration, drivers licenses, ID cards, tag and title services for cars, trucks, trailers, vessels and mobile homes.
You can also contact the DMV office for specialty tags, disability parking permits, and transferring a motor vehicle or boat/vessel title. Many of Charlotte's Florida DMV services are available online or by phone to save you time.
If you are a new Florida resident, you are required to register your vehicle within ten days and get a Florida drivers license within 30 days. If you have an out-of-state drivers license and it has not expired beyond 30 days you can convert your license without taking a written or road test. If you need a drivers license for the first time you must complete a Florida DMV approved four-hour Drug and Alcohol (DATA) course and DMV test on road signs and road rules.
Before registering your vehicle, you must obtain Florida Auto Insurance and have verification of the VIN number. The auto insurance must be purchased from an insurance company licensed by the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation. Florida's minimum coverage is $10,000 personal injury protection (PIP) and $10,000 property damage liability (PDL). If you have been involved in a crash, or been convicted of certain offenses, you may be required to purchase bodily injury liability coverage (BIL).