As a regulatory agency, DBPR has many responsibilities to the people of the state of Florida. One of those responsibilities is to ensure we are doing all that we can to protect consumers from potential scam artists or individuals who are performing work without the proper state-issued license. This act is called unlicensed activity and it is not only against the law, it also poses serious financial risks to consumers.
Last week, the Department partnered with several local agencies and the Department of Financial Services in an undercover operation in the Manatee County area seeking unlicensed individuals who were offering or advertising to perform construction work that they did not have a proper license to perform. As a result of the operation, nine individuals advertising as handymen were issued cease and desist notices from DBPR and the cases were turned over to the local State Attorney for prosecution.
A criminal offense of unlicensed activity can result in misdemeanor or felony charges if an individual is convicted. Floridians should report any suspected unlicensed activity by emailing ULA@myfloridalicense.com or calling the Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1-866-532-1440. Additionally, before you hire anyone to perform services that require a license, be sure to verify their professional license on our website at www.myfloridalicense.com.
Protect yourself and make informed decisions! Have a great week!
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