If you don’t already have an Indian River Lagoon (IRL) specialty license plate and want to know how to purchase one, you’re in the right place! The process is a little bit different depending on whether you are purchasing an IRL plate for the first time or renewing one. We’ve outlined each process below.

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First-Time Buyers

Florida specialty license plate for the first time, you’ll have to visit your local tag office in person. Though some tag offices accommodate walk-in visits, many require appointments. To find a location and schedule an appointment in your county, please visit During your appointment, the tag office will issue you a new IRL specialty tag and transfer your registration information to your new plate. 

New Car Buyers

If you’ve purchased a new vehicle, your dealership will most likely register your car for you. However, most dealerships will only purchase the standard Florida tag. To obtain your IRL specialty tag, you’ll need to exchange the standard Florida tag at your local tag office. 

Cars with standard plates or a different specialty tag

If your car has a standard license plate or a different specialty tag and you’ve decided to switch to the IRL specialty tag, you’ll need to visit your local tag office in person. 


If you’ve already purchased an IRL specialty tag and need to renew your registration, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has a convenient online registration process. Simply go to MyDMV Portal and follow the prompts. In addition to registration fees, there will also be a $2.00 convenience fee charged for online service.  

You may renew your registration for either one or two years. Expect to wait 7 to 10 business days before receiving your registration in the mail. Should your registration expire while waiting for the renewal materials, you may use the confirmation email you’ll receive as proof of purchase.  

Note. If any stops occur (such as invalid insurance or an expired driver’s license) during the registration renewal process, you’ll need to visit your local tag office in person or call FLHSMV customer service at 850-617-2000 for assistance. 

Mobile App

Did you know FLHSMV has a mobile app where you may renew up to five tags at once? Download the MyFlorida app for free via iTunes or Google Play. You will be able to pay using either a credit card ($4.00 convenience fee) or checking account ($3.75 convenience fee).

To renew via the mobile app, you must provide one of the following for identification purposes:

  • License plate number
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN) 
  • Hull identification number (HIN) 

Unfortunately, you can’t renew your tag if an MV office doesn’t verify your insurance as valid. However, if you successfully submit your valid insurance, registration and payment, you’ll receive a digital document that verifies your renewal until it comes in the mail.