The time for the big move to Florida is just a 4 months away. Im getting a little nervous. My question is, I know when I register my 1919 Touring car in Florida the DMV will need to match the vin numbers from my NY registration with the vin of the car. Do they know to look on the engine of the car or should I get some kind of brass plate to put on the car someplace?
You should be present and provide the clerk with the place to look for the 'vin' which should be the engine number on your block that matches the NY papers.
Or, if you can't get the T physically to the DMV, then call a local police officer, and get the on line form or get one at a DMV office (tax office) and have the officer look at the motor and the paperwork and then sign off on the form.
If you have current tags and registration from NY you can drive to the DMV office. I always have just gotten the police to come to the garage and inspect the vin and sign the form.
Here is the Form (see Section 8)
And here is the form for getting a license plate, the Horseless Carriage plate is lifetime, one fee, no annual. But with some restrictions that usually match your antique auto insurance policy.
The local DMV will not stock these plates, so you order them and promise not to drive on the roads til you get your tags from Tallahassee.
Form for license tags
I got the registration forms on line and had a buddy on the police force fill out the form where the verification is required up in NY before I moved. Florida DMV accepted that without question. When I bought a car after moving to Florida I called the local police and they sent someone over to my garage and filled out the form for me. The car I bought was from California and had been registered using the body number, not the engine number, so I left it that way rather than trying to change it. Bottom line, you show them where the number you want them to use is and as long as it matches the old registration or title there are no questions asked. By the way, where are you locating in Florida?
Will for cars older than 1945 that are original you need to get the form to apply for the horseless carriage registration it is a one-time fee and the registration does not expire you will need insurance heck $65.00 once and done worth the wait to do it all by mail