My M1123 Purchase Experience GovPlanet Florida DMV

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My M1123 Purchase Experience GovPlanet Florida DMV

Post by Rales » Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:02 am

Hi Everyone,

I have been on this board for a while reading and gathering information. There is a great source of information available here. Most questions I have been able to find answers via a search, but wanted to share my experience and also see if anyone had any thoughts or input.

Back in March, was watching the GovPlanet Auctions and was looking at the Marine trucks with the Clear SF-97, thinking this would be the best approach for on road use.

Won my 04 M1123 late in March and then the EUC cleared in June. About 10 weeks to clear

The pickup from Gov Planet in Albany Ga and ride back home went very smooth.

My SF-97 came about a week later with a reassignment letter.

First trip to DMV resulted in learning the reassignment letter provided by Gov Planet was missing the mileage and would not be accepted. Was also given the Vin Verification form required in Florida.

Contracted GovPlanet and they quickly FedEx'ed me the formal Florida Reassignment with mileage. Also got the Vin Verification completed and notarized.

Second trip to DMV returned to the same clerk as she suggested, since she had helped prior. All was well until the 6 digit vin number. The 6 digit Vin in NMVTIS matches a Porsche and a Trailer both in other states. The DMV location can not add the Vin, and called Tallahassee for them to add the vin. Tallahassee noted all HMMWV are for off road use and I would need to verify with the Regional office for on Road use. Was given the regional office number and told to contact a compliance officer to verify street legal.

Contacted Regional DMV office here in Tampa and spoke to the compliance inspector. She informed me non HMMWV are street legal and all are off road use only, regardless of the clear SF-97 and clear Reassignment letter. She requested I send over my documentation and she would review.

Few days later got a reply from the Regional Office in Tampa:

"I have received your documents, however, I still you to provide pictures of the Humvee.

Here are a few detail that I want to make clear. If this military vehicle has maintained its military design and markings, you are eligible for a title and registration. The registration allows the vehicle to be used for exhibitions, parades or public display and will receive the new former military vehicle license plate. This registration only covers the vehicle if it is maintained to represent it military design and marking accurately (S 320.086 F.S). This vehicle will receive a brand of “Former Military Vehicle”.

You can’t put in a stereo system, change the seating, engine, transmission, color or anything.

In the State of Florida this vehicle can never be made street legal." - Note this line was a bright red font in the email.

As we know there are some HMMWV's in Florida with standard plates....

Decided to try another DMV office to see if I may have a different experience. Both locations have been Rural Central Florida.

Third trip to DMV, the clerk even knew about off road HMMWV and agreed this one was ok. She started throught the proceess and again when the 6 digit vin was run the NMVTIS, it returned the same matches as a Porsche and a Trailer both in other states. The DMV location can not add the Vin, and called Tallahasse for them to add the vin. Tallahasse noted all HMMWV are for off road use and I would need to verify with the Regional office for on Road use. Was again given the regional office number and told to contact a compliance officer to verify street legal.

Found a resource someone suggested in Tallahassee that has helped with other Military vehicles. I tried to contact but was always left with a voicemail box. I left a message, but have not received a return call.

I contact Tallahassee again and ended up talking to the contacts boss, who was very polite, but informed me no HMMWV will be registered as normal vehicles and can only be done through the Retired Military Vehicle registration with restrictions to Parade, Exhibitions, and Public Display.

At this point it seems my real issue is my 6 Digit Vin in NMVTIS that has 2 other matches.

With Florida so strict now on HMMWV, not really sure how I will be able to make this truck On Road.

All contacts with DMV have been very polite and business like, as I do not want to impact any other MV owners in Florida, and I at the end of the day, would like my HMMWV on the road.

Thank you for your time

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Re: My M1123 Purchase Experience GovPlanet Florida DMV

Post by Kurt Lesser » Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:14 am

When I went to register mine in California I was told there was already a moped out there with the same serial number so they couldn't proceed with the registration. I'm thinking to myself no one will EVER mistake this thing for a moped but what the heck it's the DMV. Went to another DMV and the lady there knew exactly what to do and I walked out 15 minutes later with a registered vehicle. On the way home I got to thinking how many homebuilt trailers are out there with serial number 1? Such is life............
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Re: My M1123 Purchase Experience GovPlanet Florida DMV

Post by dilvoy » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:46 am

How about going to the Highway Patrol and asking them to assign a VIN number to your Humvee. One of mine has the Registration and then Serial Number all in one group for the VIN. The others just have the six digit serial number so what gets done can vary. If the highway patrol assigns a VIN, they will probably rivet it to the inner part of the windshield frame somewhere. You might Figure out how AM General arranged their VIN Numbers and make an arrangement with proper letters and numbers for the year, engine, trans ext. as a possible guide for the highway patrol. They may just use numbers in their system and that is that, but it can't hurt to give them some info as a possible guide. I think the Lynch Hummer Website has a breakdown of every year Hummer and what changes were made from year to year so when you make your trip to the highway patrol with your proposed VIN, be sure to have that reference info. A Hummer Service manual will probably have the into you want in the first few pages too.
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Re: My M1123 Purchase Experience GovPlanet Florida DMV

Post by Tumbler510 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:09 am

Rales wrote: the Clear SF-97
Is there such thing as a non-clear SF-97?
I was under the impression that you get one or you don't, but didn't know there were varying degrees of getting one.

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Post by Action » Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:44 pm

Tumbler510 wrote:
Rales wrote: the Clear SF-97
Is there such thing as a non-clear SF-97?
I was under the impression that you get one or you don't, but didn't know there were varying degrees of getting one.
Folks call it clear if it does not have OFF ROAD USE ONLY ON IT. Some do and some don't.

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Re: My M1123 Purchase Experience GovPlanet Florida DMV

Post by diamondjim » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:57 am

here is the direct link for Florida mv form,my buddy in Orlando just registered his Chenowth FAV dune buggy a few weeks ago,jim http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/forms/BTR/83045.pdf

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