Florida House Bill 431 Information

Links to important information regarding Florida House Bill 431

These provisions went info effect January 1, 2020.

The bill requires a third-party service, approved by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, must be used, when available, in processing and mailing all such required notices.

✔️TowLien.com is FLHSMV approved as a third-party vendor

FLHSMV approved vendors for Third-Party Lien Notices
(https://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicles-tags-titles/liens-and-titles/liens-for-auto-repair-shops-and-towing-companies)

  • The bill requires the notice of lien for recovering, towing, or storing a vehicle or vessel be sent within 7 business days after the date of storage of the vehicle or vessel.
    If the lienor fails to provide such notice, the lienor may not charge for more than 7 days of storage.
  • The notice of lien must be sent at least 30 days before a sale to satisfy the lien. 
  • The bill limits the fees and costs a motor vehicle repair shop or towing-storing operator may charge to release a vehicle from a claim of lien, generally to no more than $250.

Florida Senate website with information
(https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/431)