The Office of the General Counsel performs the Department’s legal functions, including hearings, depositions, arbitration and final orders. OGC staff maintains all legal documents; prepares, certifies and transmits records on appeal to appellate courts; responds to records requests; and maintains the statutorily mandated subject matter index of final orders.
The Agency Clerk is responsible for providing an efficient and centralized area for the maintenance of filed documents and to comply with statutory and rule requirements of the agency. This office maintains final orders and other legal documents; prepares, certifies and transmits records on appeal to appellate courts; responds to records requests; and maintains the statutorily mandated subject matter index of final orders for the Department. The office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with the exception of State-recognized holidays.
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Agency Clerk’s Office – 2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2202
Requests for filings may be submitted by hand delivery, regular mail, email or facsimile transmission. Filings will be accepted during business hours; requests received after 5:00 p.m. will be filed on the next regular business day.
A party who files a document by electronic mail or facsimile transmission represents that the original physically signed document will be retained by that party for the duration of the proceeding and of any subsequent appeal or subsequent proceeding in that cause, and that the party shall produce it upon the request of other parties. A party who elects to file a document by electronic mail or facsimile transmission shall be responsible for any delay, disruption or interruption of the electronic signals and accepts the full risk that the document may not be properly filed with the agency as a result. The filing date for a document transmitted by electronic mail or by facsimile shall be the date the agency receives the complete document.
Requests for variances and/or waivers should be submitted for filing to the Agency Clerk’s Office. Requests must be submitted according to the guidelines outlined in Section 120.542, F.S. and Chapter 28-104, F.A.C.
The Department designated the Agency Clerk as its official reporter for all Department final orders rendered before January 1, 2011, pursuant to Section 120.53, Florida Statutes. Copies of final orders may be obtained by contacting the Agency Clerk. Department of Business and Profession Regulation Agency Clerk’s Office 2601 Blair Stone Road Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2210 (850) 921-0342 The Department currently uses the Division of Administrative Hearings website as its official reporter for all Department final orders rendered on or after January 1, 2011, pursuant to Section 120.53, Florida Statutes. Copies of final orders may be obtained by visiting the Division of Administrative Hearings’ website at http://www.doah.state.fl.us/.
The Service of Process Unit serves as a liaison to the legal section to ensure proper service of legal documents including Notices, Administrative Complaints and Emergency Suspension Orders in compliance with Chapter 455.275, Florida Statutes. This unit monitors and maintains accurate service records for the Division of Professions and Real Estate. Service of Process is also responsible for tracking timely and appropriate responses or other correspondence from licensees of the Department. You may return your Election of Rights form via email, facsimile or US mail.
Phone: (850) 488-0062
Facsimile: (850) 488-5700
All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center at (850) 487-1395. You may also contact us by email at DBPR.GeneralCounsel@myfloridalicense.com.
Joseph 'Jake' Whealdon, General Counsel
Office of the General Counsel
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2202