Becoming a New Venice Florida Resident
To become a legal resident, file a Declaration of
Domicile form with the County Clerk of the Court,
South County Administration Center, 4000 S.
Tamiami Trail, South Venice, 492 3020, or register
New residents must apply for a Florida driver's
license within 30 days of moving to the state. A
driving test and an eye exam are required.
Provide identification in the form of a Social
Security card, birth certificate, valid out-of-state
driver's license, voter registration card, or vehicle
registration. Examination Office, 1212 Jacaranda
Blvd., Venice Pines Shopping Center, 483-5997.
Register automobiles within 30 days ofestablishing
residence in Florida. Proof of ownership must be
Filing for a Homestead Exemption
Permanent Florida residents (as of January 1) are
eligible for a $25,000 homestead exemption on
their primary residence. Taxpayers must file
between January 2 and March 1 with the County
Property Appraiser at 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, 492-
Florida does not tax personal income, salary,
dividends, interest, or capital gains. Tangible
personal business property is appraised on
machinery, equipment and certain rental units. An
Intangible Personal Property Tax is levied on
stocks, bonds, and other securities with the first
$20,000 being exempt. Estate taxes for Florida
residents are deducted from the amount claimed
by the Federal Government. Real Estate (ad
valorem) taxes are levied on 100% of assessed
real estate valuation, minus Homestead
Exemption, if applicable. Residents living within
the corporate limits of the City of Venice pay both
city and county taxes on real estate; homeowners
in the unincorporated areas pay only the county
tax (1993 Millage rates were 13.8277 for County
residents; plus 3.8060 if residing in the city.)
The State Sales Tax is 6%, plus Sarasota County
collects 1% sales tax for capital improvements.
(The County also collects a 2% Tourism Tax on
accommodations). Tax Collector's Office, 4000
Tamiami Tr. S., 492-3000.
Must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a
permanent resident of Sarasota County. Register
at the Supervisor of Elections office, 4000 S.
Tamiami Trail, 492-3060.
There are advantages to transferring securities
and personal property to Florida as there is no
State inheritance tax. Contact an attorney to see
if you need to change your will to comply with
All motor boats used in Florida must be registered at
the Tax Collector's Office. Boats with out-of-state
registration need not register in Florida if they are here
for 90 days or less.
Purchase license at the Tax Collector's Office (492-
3000) or at nearly any bait or sporting goods store.
Fees vary. If over age 65, hunting and fishing licenses
this site is maintained and operated by:
No-fault insurance (P.I.P.) is required on all private
passenger vehicles licensed in Florida and on
those of non-residents in the state for more than