Paperless Licensing, effective 10/04/2018

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation is excited to announce an advancement in how we license harbor pilots in the State of Florida.
The Department has implemented an innovative way to expedite the licensing process for harbor pilots. 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.

Harbor Pilots

Harbor Pilots

Krista Woodard, Executive Director

The Board of Pilot Commissioners is responsible for licensing and regulating harbor pilots. The board meets regularly to consider applications for licensure, to review disciplinary cases, and to conduct informal hearings relating to licensure and discipline. The board engages in rulemaking to implement the provisions set forth in its statutes and conducts other general business, as necessary.

Getting Started in Harbor Pilots

State Pilot

SP – A “state pilot” means any person licensed to navigate all classes of vessels within the channels, waters, harbors, and ports in the State of Florida. A “state pilot” has completed 2 years of deputy pilot service.

Deputy Pilot

DP – A “deputy pilot” means any person authorized by the State of Florida to pilot vessels within the limits and specifications established by the licensed state pilots at the port where the deputy is appointed to serve.

The requirements for becoming licensed in Florida are described in the statutes and rules. Choose a license type to apply.

Examination Information

The Board of Pilot Commissioners specifies that the licensing examination administered by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation shall pertain to the management of vessels and a knowledge of channels, waters, harbors and ports where the candidate wishes to serve. Unless otherwise specified, questions will deal with typical merchant vessels, full-bodied and relatively low powered, rather than high-powered military vessels with fine lines. For more information, including examination dates and locations, visit the Harbor Pilots Examinations Information page.

Fee Waiver Applications

License Types Continuing Education Requirements Fee Expiration Date
Deputy Pilot Successful completion of a board-approved course in professional skills, including certification in the proper and efficient use of radar. $100 1/31/ODD Year
State Pilot Successful completion of a board-approved course in professional skills, including certification in the proper and efficient use of radar. $200 1/31/ODD Year

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Board of Pilot Commissioners
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.488.8040