Board of Pilot Commissioners
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.
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The Marine Incident Report is now available online, in an enterable format. It can be accessed via the Information for Licensees section below.
The Board of Pilot Commissioners consists of 10 members: five members shall be licensed state pilots actively practicing their profession; two members shall be actively involved in a professional or business capacity in the maritime industry, marine shipping industry, or commercial passenger cruise industry; one member shall be a certified public accountant with at least 5 years of experience in financial management; and two members shall be citizens of the state. The latter three board members shall not be involved in, or have any financial interest in, the piloting profession, the maritime industry, the marine shipping industry, or the commercial passenger cruise industry.
Methods of Licensure:
By Endorsement - No
By Examination - Yes
By Reciprocity - No
Business Entity - No
A breakdown of application and licensure fees is provided with application packets.
The Bureau of Education and Testing is responsible for examination development, administration, review and grades. Below are shortcuts to their examination pages.
Candidate Information Booklets
Exam Dates and Locations
Exam Review / Hearing Information
Special Accommodations for Testing - ADA
Information for Licensees
Biennial License Renewal Fee
State Pilot = $200
Deputy Pilot = $100
The fees above include a $5 unlicensed activity fee.
Continuing Education Requirement
The Division of Regulation is responsible for enforcement of professions and related businesses licensed by DBPR under the Division of Professions to ensure that the laws, rules and standards set by the legislature are followed. To file a complaint visit MyFloridaLicense.com.
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