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Electronic Temporary Registration System
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Will STOPS (Drivers Licenses, Tickets) affect the issuance of temporary tags?

Is the accounting for a second temporary plate done by deal, by VIN or other? Meaning if the client returns the first car on a Temp Tag, and then selects another car can the second vehicle then receive two temporary tags if necessary?
We will not allow the same customer to get more than 2 temporary plates for the same vehicle.

What restrictions, if any, are placed on the timing of issuance of a temporary tag then a permanent plate for the same vehicle?
A temporary plate is issued for 30 days. A permanent plate may be issued at any time during the 30 days or even after. However, once a metal plate is issued the temporary plate becomes invalid in our database and thus law enforcement will not be able to see it.

At a high level, we use SEARCH to determine if it’s an “individual” or “Business” customer. Then we use the results of the SEARCH and enter the vehicle information using the QUERY to identify the vehicle. Then we send an ISSUANCE file to report a temporary tag number if web reporting only, or if printing on demand, we request a temporary tag number.
If there is a driver license number, you do not need to do the search. The search is used to get the customer number when there isn’t a driver license number available or it is a business. The customer number and vehicle identification number are used to link a vehicle and a person.

In your database structure, what is the difference between a “varchar” and “varchar2”?
There is only a varchar2 on our database. Varchar is an abbreviation for varchar2.

I_transaction_id is the identification number from the previous transaction that is to be voided. Is this correct?
Every transaction has a transaction id. To void a transaction, you will need the transaction id, customer number and vehicle identification number.

How are I_status_str, I_statusmesg_str, and I_output_data used by the P_VOID Record? Is this for error messages, or how else is it used?
Yes. L_status_str will be ‘OK’, ‘ER’ or ‘NF’.. L_statusmesg_str will give you information about where the error occurred and l_output_data will give you details of the error. If L_status is ‘OK’ you don’t need to look at the other two.

Where does the I_dealer_log_number come from? Is this a dealer generated number or a state generated number? Does this have anything to do with the current log file that dealers are required to use today?
The transactions are logged in a table and dealer log number is the unique technical key for the log file. It is returned to you on a query and that same number must be returned on the issuance.

How can you have NONE for Sex in the I_SEX?
Business customers do not have a gender. Businesses do not have a date of birth either.

How is the I_address_timestamp field used?
Informational only.

How are the following FIELDS used? Are these flags to denote a change from the existing record? What should be entered in the 1 character field? (“Y” or “N”) or (“T” or “F”)?

These are to indicate that the GVW or Color has changed. A “T” is the valid character. Anything else is ignored. These would be for existing vehicles that require a GVW or color.

In the I_update_address_flag is N,U,X, or Null equate to NEW, UPDATE, EXEMPT, or NONE?
Yes, except X means the customer was found on our database without an address and the address you have input is the one you want to attach to that customer.

How are we to use the following OUT Fields? I_license_plate_code

Those fields are not currently being used for this application.

Is the I_charged_fee_amount the $2.00 charged by the State for printing on demand or some other fee or combination of fees?
There is a $2.00 fee charged for all temporary plates. The print on demand feature of the ETR System charges $2.00 because that fee has not been collected up to that point. For issuing pre-printed stock, the $2.00 fee was collected when the plates were purchased at the tax collector or regional office.

What is the control number?
The control number will be pre-printed on the temporary plate stock for print-on-demand. So, when processing a transaction issuing a print-on-demand temporary plate, you enter the control number of the plate that you are issuing in the control number field and leave the plate number field null. When processing a transaction issuing pre-numbered stock (not print-on-demand), you leave the control number field null and put the plate number that you are issuing in the plate number field.

Can an ETR provider create their own paper stock for the print on demand feature?
All stock must be purchased from PRIDE. PRIDE will have an approved vendor list.

Can we add the dealer’s logo to the print on demand plate?
The print on demand plate stock will have a block that will be available to print the dealer’s logo.


What is an Electronic Temporary Registration?
In the 2005 Legislative session, Section 320.131(8), Florida Statutes, was amended to authorize the department to administer an electronic system for motor vehicle dealers to report the issuance of temporary license plates.  This allows law enforcement to verify the validity of a temporary license plate via the Florida Real Time Vehicle Information System (FRVIS).

Is participation mandatory?
Yes; effective July 1, 2008, ALL Florida dealers must issue electronic temporary registrations for vehicles they sell from their licensed location using a print-on-demand process. As additional information becomes available, we will notify you by publishing it at the above Internet location, dealer trade associations, bulletins at regional DMV offices, etc.

How does an ETR vendor qualify?
The Electronic Temporary Registration (ETR) System is available to any vendor that meets the following departmental requirements:

  • Files an Application and Notice of Interest;
  • Executes and files the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU);
  • Files a $50,000; Surety Bond or Irrevocable Letter of Credit, as outlined in the MOU;
  • Passes the Structured Test as outlined in the MOU;
  • Complies with Program Specifications;
  • Establishes an ACH Debit Account with the department as described in the MOU.

NOTE: The $50,000 Surety Bond or Irrevocable Letter of Credit must be submitted with the Application and MOU in order for the department to execute and begin the programming / structure testing phase.

How does the Electronic Temporary Registration (ETR) Program Work?
The ETR will provide a technical means for issuance of temporary license plates to be recorded real-time on the DHSMV database.  The ability to provide this information will greatly enhance law enforcement efforts. This document represents the work effort that is needed in Software Services.  The connectivity, inputs and outputs will also be discussed.  Any connectivity or security issues will be addressed with final approval granted by the ISA security manager and the network manager.

The ETR interface will use Web Service technology. Web Services provide a "behind the scenes" call from one software application to another utilizing http(s), XML, and SOAP protocols (as utilized by DHSMV).  Web Services are generally platform independent.

Upon acceptance as an ETR provider, a WSDL (Web Service Definition Language) configuration file will be provided.  This file is generally used by client development environments to automatically configure the communication layer.  Accessing a web service is frequently referred to as "consuming" a web service.  The DHSMV will "publish" the Web Service for use by the ETR provider(s).

Within the web service call, the actual data for a given transaction will be passed within a very basic pipe-delimited (label and value pairs) or XML string.  This will be done to allow more flexibility with software releases that require changes to the parameters. 
Due to the nature of the information that will be exchanged, all communication will be protected by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol. 

How can a vendor become an ETR Participant?
Contact: Travis Pelham, 2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS # 68, Tallahassee, FL. 32399
TravisPelham@flhsmv.gov, (850) 617-3001

Click on the link below for a list of current ETR vendors:
List of Current Vendors

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