Military Servicemember Public Records Exemption
Pursuant to s. 119.071(5)(k), F.S., any service member who served after September 11, 2001, who wishes to have their identification and location information, or the information of their spouse and/or dependent(s) held by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, exempt from public disclosure under s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State Constitution shall provide a written statement to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation requesting an exemption.
For purposes of this exemption, a “service member” means a current or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States, or the National Guard, who served after September 11, 2001.
The servicemember can make one or all of the following requests for exemption:
- The home address, telephone number, and date of birth of the service member, and the telephone number associated with the service member’s personal communication device.
- The home address, telephone number, date of birth, and place of employment of the spouse or dependent of a service member, and the telephone number associated with such spouse’s or dependent’s personal communication device.*
- The name and location of a school attended by the spouse or dependent of a service member.*
*Please note that the department does not keep the personal information of a spouse or dependent unless they hold a license issued by the department. Under s. 119.071(5)(k), F.S., the provisions for exemption of the place of employment and school apply only to the spouse and dependent(s) of the service member.
The request for exemption only applies to licenses identified in the service member’s request. Information regarding any additional or subsequently acquired department licenses will require submission of a new request.
Written statements shall include a sentence stating that the requestor has made all reasonable efforts to protect identification and location information from being accessible through other means available to the public. Please address and mail written statements to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Attention: Office of Open Government/Public Records
2601 Blair Stone Road., Suite 92
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2203
For your convenience, you may complete and submit the optional request letter.