From finding the right schools to registering your vehicle, moving to a
new area can be a challenging experience. This relocation guide
was prepared to help ease the transition.
To become an
official Florida resident, file a declaration of domicile through
the Sarasota County Clerk of the Circuit Court, 2000 Main St.,
Sarasota, (941) 362-4066. You can download the form from
A declaration of domicile is not an application for a homestead
Homestead Exemption and Taxes
Permanent Florida residents don't have to pay taxes on the first
$25,000 of their home's appraised
value. To file for a homestead exemption,
you must establish residency by Dec. 31 prior to the year you will
claim exemption, then file for exemption in January or February.
Contact the Sarasota County Property Appraiser at 2001 Adams Lane,
Sarasota County property tax millage rate is among the lowest in the
Florida has no personal income tax!
Florida residents must register their vehicles within 10 days of
gaining employment, enrolling children in public school or
establishing residency. Register at the Sarasota Tax Collector’s
office, 101 S. Washington Boulevard, (941) 362-9898. Be
prepared to show your current driver's license, proof of Florida
auto insurance, prior registration certificate and ownership title.
The fee is based on the weight of the vehicle. Your automobile
registration expires at midnight on your birthday.
residents also must apply for a Florida driver's license within 30
days (but after they register their vehicle). The Florida
Department of Motor Vehicles is located at 601 S. Pompano Ave. S.
For an appointment, call (941) 361-6222. Bring proof of your
Florida vehicle registration, your out-of-state driver's license and
your Social Security card. If your out-of-state license is valid,
you only need to take a vision test. If your license is invalid, or
if you are a first-time driver, a written exam and driver's test are
required. A copy of the Florida Driver Handbook is available at
You must provide the vehicle for the driver’s
You are eligible to vote if you are a U.S.
citizen, a county resident and you will be at least 18 years old by
the next election. You can register at the Sarasota County
Supervisor of Elections Office at 101 S. Washington St., (941)
951-5307, or you can register online at
You must submit your valid Florida driver's license number or
Florida identification card number. If you do not have either of
these, you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security
number. Your voter registration card will be mailed to you.
Sarasota County is located on the Florida Gulf Coast between Tampa
and Fort Myers.
Communities in Sarasota County
Casey Key, Englewood, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Manasota Key, Nokomis,
North Port, Osprey, Siesta Key, St. Armands, Venice
35 miles of beachfront
Average Temperature Range
Annual: 61.2 – 83.8° F
January: 49.3 – 73.3° F
July: 71.6 – 91.7° F
Sarasota averages 361 annual days of sunshine
Average Annual Rainfall
than 325,900 residents
Median age: 48.9 years
Major Access Roads
Interstate 75 and US Highway 41 (North-South)
University Parkway, Fruitville Road, Bee Ridge Road and Clark Road
Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is located at
the intersection of US 41 & University Parkway. (941) 359-5200
area's peak season runs from February through Easter.
A wide variety of
accommodations are available, from campgrounds to luxury resort
hotels. Privately owned condominiums and cottages are also available
Myakka River State Park
Oscar Scherer State Park
Enjoy bird-watching, biking, walking and camping amid Florida's
natural swamps, palmetto brush and pines. Myakka State Park offers
guided boat and train tours.
Development Guide, or
Interactive New Homes Map
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