Duties & Responsibilities

The Martin County Tax Collector is a Florida state constitutional office and as such is independent of county and local government. The Tax Collector represents the Florida Department of Revenue in the collection and distribution of property taxes. The amount of the tax is based on the assessed value of the property that is set by the Property Appraiser and the millage rate, which is set by local taxing authorities. Tax Collector does not determine how much to collect and has no control over millage rates or assessments. The Tax Collector also acts as agent for other state departments including the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Agent for DHSMV

As an agent for DHSMV the Tax Collector issues driver licenses, renews registrations and processes applications for titles on vehicles and vessels.

Supported by Fees Collected

The Martin County Tax Collector is financed with revenue earned by fees collected for providing services making each of our branch offices an income-producing entity. The Tax Collector’s budget is regulated and approved by the Florida Department of Revenue. All net income earned by our office above operating costs through increased efficiencies and streamlined operations is distributed to the taxing authorities of Martin County: 2019-2020 Martin County Tax Collector Budget.

Other Duties

  • The collection of Tourist Development Tax

  • The administration and sale of tax certificates on delinquent real property

  • Warrants on delinquent tangible personal property

  • The billing and collection of county EMS, ambulance transports, and “false alarm” calls for the Sheriff

  • Issuance of business and pet licenses according to Board of County Commissioners ordinances

  • Issuing hunting and fishing license for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

  • Issuing birth certificates for the Florida Department of Vital Statistics

  • Issuing SunPasses for the Department of Transportation

  • Processing new applications and printing renewal concealed weapon permits for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

  • And TSA services

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The Martin County Tax Collector is committed to serving our public, business and government customers promptly, accurately, and in the most courteous, professional and efficient and cost-effective manner.