The Ongoing Costs of Owning a Motorcycle


Now that the weather is warmer, you’re bound to see more motorcycles on the road. Many people keep motorcycles as a secondary vehicle, so they may not think they require as much maintenance as cars or trucks that are used more often. However, just with any other vehicle, motorcycle owners will have ongoing costs with regard to maintenance, fueling, and ownership as well.


For example, motorcycle owners must renew their registration every year to ensure that the bike is legally allowed to be used on a public road. If you live in California or Florida and don’t want the hassle of waiting in line and getting to the DMV during normal business hours, eTags offers a variety of online renewal services with additional benefits, including quick processing and one free registration certificate replacement for every year of being a customer.


Here are several other costs you can expect to pay on your motorcycle:


  • Routine maintenance like oil changes, tune-up, and transmission fluid
  • Tire replacement and repair. Tires do not need to be rotated, but they are susceptible to cracking and dry rot, even if the bike isn’t used that often
  • Air filter and spark plug replacement: this is recommended once every year at the very least
  • While not required for most people, it is still good to budget this in.
  • Motorcycle equipment including helmet, jacket, and other safety gear
  • Fuel albeit far less use and cost than a 4 wheeled vehicle

I Am Going to School in Florida. Do I Need to Reregister My Car?


In a few months, hundreds of thousands of students will attend a college or university in Florida. Florida is home to some of the best schools in the nation, including the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of Miami, the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, and many more. Although many students will be in-state, many others will come from other parts of the country. If you are new to Florida, you might have a lot of questions about your new living situation. One might be whether or not you need to register your car with the state of the Florida.


Any out of state student who plans on bringing their car with them on campus will be happy to know that they don’t have to make a trip to a Florida DMV office to reregister their car. According to Florida state law, a non-resident who is enrolled at a college or university is not required to register their car in Florida. There is one catch though: that student must have registered it in another jurisdiction and that registration needs to be up to date. If it is unregistered or has expired, an individual can expect penalties just as they would if they lived in the state.


If a student does decide to call Florida home after graduation, they will most likely need to register the car in Florida. For example, if a non-resident accepts employment in Florida after graduation, he or she will have ten days to register any vehicle in Florida. The same holds true if he or she wants to enter his or her child in Florida’s public school system. If you do need to register your vehicle in Florida, you can do so in person at your local DMV or tax collector’s office.


Once it comes to renew the register of your vehicle in Florida, we encourage you to check out our registration services. With eTags, you can bypass going to the DMV and renew your register from the convenience of your home. We’ll take care of all the legwork, and we can even ship out of state if necessary. Contact us today to discuss your particular situation and learn more about our customer-friendly registration services.

Four Institutions to Notify When You Move


As 2016 is a presidential election year, anyone who has moved recently should make sure they have changed their address with the state election office. Even if you have only moved a few miles away, you may be assigned a new precinct, which will affect where you vote and whom you can vote for. However, your state election office is only one institution you should contact about your new address after you have moved. Here are several others to be mindful of:


DMV: Depending on the state where you move, you may have very specific requirements on what you need to do in order to change the address on you license and vehicle registration., a private vehicle registration service, can provide you with information regarding changing your address with the DMV in your state.


USPS: The United States Postal Service offers free mail forwarding for a year after you have moved. You can complete mail forwarding online or by going to your local post office. This could be especially important in the first month or two after you have moved in case you missed notifying pertinent parties of your address change.


IRS: You may not need to notify the IRS if you don’t plan on getting anything from them in the mail until your next return, but it might be a good idea to provide a new address just in case. When you do file, you will be asked if you moved and you can provide your new address then.

Tips for Updating Your RV’s Registration

Are you thinking about taking a road trip this summer with friends or family? If so, it might be a good idea to take a good look at the registration of your motorhome or towable to make sure that it isn’t expiring soon. Although each state will have slightly different rules and registration when it comes to RV registration, motorists should know that all recreational vehicles must be registered before they can go on a public roadway. These include Class A motorhomes, Class B motorhomes, Class C motorhomes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, and campers.


If your RV is up for registration, don’t fret. It is as easy as registering your car or truck. While you can certainly go to your state’s DMV office, another option is eTags is the most convenient way to register your RV – especially if you’re out on the road. eTags enables customers to get a digital copy of their tags right away, so they are covered if they’re on the road. eTags also features faster processing than other third-party providers and out-of-state shipping. And did we mention that you don’t have to waste your time at the DMV?

Remember to take care of the basics, like ensuring your tags are updated, so you can worry more about the open road ahead this summer.

What Should I Know about Specialty Plates in Florida?


Are you looking for a way to support a cause or organization that you believe in – both financially and by creating awareness? An easy way to do this without much effort is through getting a specialty license plate. A specialty license plate turns your car into an instant moving billboard on the road, showing others a cause or organization that you believe in. Who knows? Others may decide to get a specialty plate as well because of how great yours looks.


In the state of Florida, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles offers over a hundred different specialty plates that you can purchase for your car or truck. Currently, it’s not possible to purchase a specialty plate for a motorcycle because the dimensions are too small. You may notice that obtaining and renewing a specialty license plate does cost a little more than regular or default Sunshine plates, but that’s because that money goes towards the cause or organization you’re supporting.


What Organizations Can I Support?


Currently, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has specialty plates for organizations ranging from environmental groups, universities, professional sports teams, and other miscellaneous groups. For example, you could purchase a specialty plate of the American Legion, the US Army and other branches of the military, various religious organizations, and more. You can also get a personalized license plate which allows you to use specific numbers and letters of your choice once approved by the DMV. A full listing of all the specialty plates available for purchase can be found here.


How Do I Purchase a Specialized License Plate?


A specialized license plate can be purchased at your tax collector’s office or tag agency. Once you have obtained a specialty plate, you will be required to renew the registration every 6, 12, or 24 months as you would with a default Sunshine plate. Renewals can be completed in person at a tax collector’s office or tag agency near you. While that option is certainly on the table, you can also renew online at If you work at a job with hours that conflict with those of the tax collector’s office, eTags allows you to renew your specialty license plate anytime. You don’t have to worry about getting there or standing in line if you are in a hurry. Instead, you can renew your specialty plate from the convenience of your home, and will do the rest.