Vehicle Code in Florida
More than just a list of current legislation related to motor vehicles, the Florida Vehicle Code can be a valuable resource for drivers and vehicle owners. It also spells out your rights and responsibilities in a wide range of issues, from insurance and titling to accident procedures and licensing regulations.
The vehicle code is part of the Florida Statutes, which are updated periodically. The Motor Vehicle part of the statutes is found in Title XXIII, which comprises chapters 316 through 325.
The following is a sampling of the information you'll find in each chapter:
Chapter 316―State Uniform Traffic Control
- Accident reporting procedure and responsibility
- On-road driving laws and traffic regulations
- Speed limits and zones
- DUI and DWI regulations and penalties
- Parking rules
- Types of vehicles allowed on public roads
- Vehicle safety equipment requirements, including lamps, brakes, and horns
- Towing requirements
- Safety belt usage
- Traffic citation regulations
Chapter 317―Off-Highway Vehicle Titling
- Titling regulations and record requirements, including fees and application processes, for off-highway vehicles
Chapter 318―Disposition of Traffic Infractions
- How to deal with a traffic infraction, including appeals, fees, and limitations
- Parking violation procedures
Chapter 319―Title Certificates
- How to apply for a title
- Transfer and duplicate titles, including fees
- Lien regulations
- odometer fraud and reporting
Chapter 320―Motor Vehicle Licenses
- Vehicle registration procedures and regulations
- License plates, including transfers, sticker renewals, and vanity plates
- License taxes and surcharges
- Mobile home standards and inspection procedures
- Dealer registration and plates
Chapter 321―Highway Patrol
- Powers and responsibilities of highway patrol department and officers
- Personnel and rank classifications
- Traffic accident investigation standards
- Public records regulations
Chapter 322―Drivers' Licenses
- Licensing regulations and procedures
- Identification cards information
- Revocation and suspension of licenses
- Application process and testing procedures
- License classifications
- Commercial licensing requirements and testing
Chapter 323―Wrecker Operators
- Regulations for approved wrecker operators
- Penalties for operating outside the approved system
Chapter 324―Financial Responsibility
Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver's license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver's license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what's on record at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.
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