I do not know the requirement in Florida, but anyone doing this needs to find out where the Escape needs to be registered in their state. It is often the county in which you claim your legal residence. So someone else having no problem at another office in another county will not necessarily help you.
You may, however, be able to get your tag at a different office in your county, whatever state you are in with that requirement, if one office is not helpful or knowledgeable, as a few Escape owners have found.
Cathy. Floating Cloud
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