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This page provides helpful information and examples about the types of services that must be performed by a DBPR-licensed individual or business

What services require a State of Florida license?


Yacht and Ship Brokers and Salespersons

A yacht and ship broker is someone who performs the services of buying and/or selling a previously owned yacht on behalf of another person, for compensation.  The term “yacht” is defined as any vessel in the water which is propelled by sail or machinery and exceeds 32 feet in length and weighs less than 300 gross tons. 

A yacht and ship salesperson is someone who is employed by a yacht broker to perform the services of a broker.  If you are going to hire someone to perform the services of a yacht broker or salesperson in Florida, they need to be licensed.  Yacht brokers and salespersons are also required to carry a good and sufficient surety bond or letter of credit.

The Yacht and Ship Brokers’ Act establishes jurisdiction to regulate the activities of brokers and salespersons of yachts in Florida. These persons are licensed and regulated by the Yacht and Ship Brokers’ Section, a sub-unit of the Division of Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, and Mobile Homes. The section is located in Tallahassee and performs licensing, educational, and investigative functions with consumer protection as the primary focus of the regulation. The section processes licenses and responds to consumer complaints and inquiries concerning activities within the industry.

The following items are offered as examples of services that require an individual with a Florida license to perform, and services that do not require an individual with a Florida license to perform.  The list is not all inclusive. If you have specific questions, please contact the Yacht and Ship Brokers’ Section at 850.487.2987 or by email at  yacht&shipbrokers.ctmh@dbpr.state.fl.us.

You can also visit the Section’s website in order to access Chapter 326, F.S., Administrative Rules, Division forms, and FAQ at   www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/lsc/YachtandShip.html


Needs a License

Does not need a License

To buy, sell, offer, or negotiate to buy or sell a previously owned yacht for other persons in expectation of compensation.

To sell your own yacht.

To solicit or obtain listings of a previously owned yacht in expectation of compensation.

A transaction involving the sale of a new yacht.

To negotiate the purchase, sale, or exchange of a previously owned yacht for other persons in expectation of compensation.

A transaction involving the foreclosure of a security interest in a yacht.

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