Mobile Food Service Licenses

There are two categories of mobile food vehicles licensed by the division: Hot Dog Carts and Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicles (MFDV).

What is a Hot Dog Cart License?

Hot Dog Carts are a type of mobile food service license that limit food preparation to frankfurters (hot dogs and precooked sausages) only. Many operators supplement the basic hot dog/condiment menu with prepackaged goods such as chips and bottled or canned soft drinks.

Basic Requirements

  • Be a vehicle
  • Be mobile – can move
  • Have overhead protection – usually an umbrella
  • Have a hand sink
  • Have equipment to keep food at safe temperatures – refrigeration/steam tables
  • Have power to keep the equipment running – commonly an LP-gas tank
  • Have a plumbing system that allows you to wash hands while operating
  • Only food preparation is frankfurters
  • Have a commissary

Hot Dog Cart (HTDG) Guide

What is a Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle License?

A Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle license is a vehicle mounted food service license where the vehicle has adequate hand washing and dishwashing facilities, food protection, refrigeration, power and plumbing system. A MFDV operator performs food service activities inside the vehicle like food storage, cooking or preparation of food and dishwashing.

Basic Requirements

  • Be a vehicle
  • Be mobile – can move
  • Have protection from the elements and vermin – walls, ceiling, floor
  • Have dishwashing capacity – a 3 compartment sink
  • Have a separate hand sink
  • Have equipment to keep food at safe temperatures – refrigeration/steam tables
  • Have power to keep the equipment running – a generator or temporary connect to electricity
  • Have a plumbing system that allows you to wash dishes and hands while operating
  • Have either a water and sewer location or a commissary

Mobile Food Dispensing Vehicle (MFDV) Guide

Need Help?

All requests for public records, complaints, forms, and applications for licenses can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Rick Akin, Director 

Division of Hotels and Restaurants
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1011

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Email: dhr.info@myfloridalicense.com