Attorney General Ashley Moody News Release


August 8, 2019
Contact: Kylie Mason
Phone: (850) 245-0150

#SteerClearOfFraudOAG Initiative Continues with Tips to Avoid Tag Renewal Scams

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Ashley Moody and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles today issued tips warning consumers about tag renewal scams. The tips come as part of the Attorney General’s and FLHSMV’s #SteerClearOfFraudOAG campaign on automotive fraud. Tag renewal scams involve company websites acting as a third-party service provider and promising to renew motor vehicle registrations quickly for a premium fee. Tag renewal scams most commonly involve companies trying to charge fees for services already provided by the FLHSMV.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Florida drivers should use caution to ensure they do not fall victim to any irreputable third-party service provider using deception to charge undisclosed or exorbitated fees. I am excited to partner with FLHSMV to help prevent tag renewal scams and raise awareness about other schemes targeting Florida drivers through our #SteerClearOfFraudOAG campaign.”

FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes said, “FLHSMV is proud to offer a safe and convenient way for customers to do business with the department. In 2018, customers completed 3.76 million transactions through the department’s online site, GoRenew.com, and I am dedicated to continuing to provide excellent customer service and expanding online transactions for those we serve.”

Sites that offer customers the option of renewing online often require payment of additional, and sometime excessive, convenience fees. When using
GoRenew.com, the official renewal site of FLHSMV, the department charges a $2.00 convenience fee applied to the total transaction.

Consumers can best steer clear of tag renewal scams by:

Anyone who experiences a tag renewal scam is encouraged to immediately report it to FLHSMV or the Florida Attorney General’s Office. Consumers can contact the FLHSMV Customer Service Center by calling (850) 617-2000. Consumers can also file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office online at MyFloridaLegal.com or by calling 1(866) 9NO-SCAM.