Update on Florida Geology Business Licenses Based on HB 1193 (2020)
House Bill 1193, as passed by the Florida Legislature in the 2020 Regular Session, removes the requirement that a Professional Geologist obtain a separate business license in addition to the occupational license issued to the individual. If signed by the Governor to become law, HB 1193 will have an effective date of July 1, 2020. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation anticipates final action on this bill will be taken prior to the deadline for renewal of these geologist business licenses on July 31, 2020. Accordingly, the Department recommends that holders of a geologist business license monitor final action on HB 1193 (2020) prior to renewing the business license. As additional information regarding final action on HB 1193 (2020) becomes available, the Department will provide additional notice to you if any further action is required related to the business license.
Notwithstanding these potential changes to the geology business license requirements, all currently licensed Professional Geologists are encouraged to proceed with timely renewal of the individual occupational license prior to July 31, 2020.
Paperless Licensing, effective 04/06/2018
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is excited to announce an advancement in how we license geologists in the State of Florida.
The Department has implemented an innovative way to expedite the licensing process for geologists and geology businesses. The Department will no longer be mailing licenses upon issuance, as licensees can now print their licenses by logging into their secure online account with the Department. This will allow new licensees to enter the work force at least 7 to 10 business days early, whereas, in the past, they would have to wait for the license to arrive in the mail. In addition to new licenses, this process will allow licensees to renew online and print the license at their convenience, as well as print duplicate licenses as needed without paying a fee.
To ensure all efforts are being taken to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public, all licensed Professional Geologists have a duty to report to the Department any violations of Ch. 492, Florida Statutes and Ch. 455, Florida Statutes, including any possible unlicensed activity. Unlicensed activity is illegal, and can be reported (anonymously or not) by calling the Department’s ULA Hotline at 866.532.1440 or by sending an email to ULA@myfloridalicense.com.
Geologist in Training Registration
Senate Bill 404, which establishes a Geologist in Training Registration (GIT) in the State of Florida, was signed into law by Governor Rick Scott on June 13, 2014 and will take effect January 1, 2015. The new law will allow applicants to take the fundamentals portion of the geology licensure examination and be registered as a Geologist In Training. Applicants must be in their final year or have graduated with at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours from an approved geology curriculum. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation will post and begin accepting applications from its website beginning January 2015. For details on the new law please go to http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2014/0404/BillText/er/HTML and review the application for additional requirements or call (850) 487-1395.
We just received this information about the ability to grandfather with the state of Louisiana:
Louisiana is implementing geological registration. There is a short period, ending December 31st, in which to obtain grandfathering eligibility, and the separate formal application period will begin next year. If anyone wishes to be grandfathered into registration in Louisiana, they must visit www.lbopg.org, follow the instructions, and submit the appropriate check, which will also cover the cost of their formal application next year. Louisiana sends their regrets with regard to the awkwardness and the timing, but given the current legal environment they are required to operate under, anyone who does not apply for grandfathering by the end of the month will be unable to ever obtain it.
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Division of Professions
Board of Professional Geologists
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791