In This Issue:
- Message From The Secretary
- Message From The Executive Director
- Reminder about Reporting Requirement for Criminal Convictions
- Online Services
- DBPR Smart Phone App
To our licensees and partners:
Here at the Department, we take unlicensed activity very seriously and each day we are committed to preserving jobs for our licensed professionals through our unlicensed activity enforcement and education efforts. We know that unlicensed activity takes jobs away from licensed professionals who have met the standard requirements that certify his or her ability to provide a unique skill or service. It also puts the public at harm and is illegal.
As a licensed professional, you understand the effects unlicensed activity can have on other licensed professionals and the risks and/or harm it can pose on consumers. I ask that you join us in our efforts to stop unlicensed activity. Please feel free to notify us of any suspected unlicensed activity by emailing ULA@dbpr.state.fl.us or by calling 1-866-532-1440. Encourage your customers and potential customers to check licenses at www.myfloridalicense.com.
Through our combined efforts, we will continue to make Florida the best place to do business.
The Florida Auctioneers Association will hold its annual convention on June 15th and 16th in Lakeland, Florida. This year, the Board of Auctioneers will hold a Board meeting in conjunction with the convention. This will be a great opportunity for licensees to see what the Board of Auctioneers is responsible for handling, learn how a Board meeting is run and meet Department staff.
Recent Legislative changes:
House Bill 887 was signed by Governor Scott and will become effective July 1, 2012. Under this bill, all initial licensing fees are waived for military veterans returning from service, provided the veteran applies for licensure within 24 months of being honorably discharged. Discharged veterans will still be responsible for the examination fees.
House Bill 517 was signed by Governor Scott and will become effective July 1, 2012. The bill has decriminalized certain violations of Chapter 468, F.S. and rules governing this profession. This means that certain violations will no longer require the Department to send information to the State Attorney’s Office for criminal prosecution. However, any violation of Section 468.389(1)(c), (e), (h) or (i), Florida Statutes, is still considered a third-degree felony.
Until next time,
Anthony B. Spivey, DBA
Section 455.227(1)(t), F.S. requires all professional licensees to report to the Department within 30 days of being convicted or found guilty of, or having plead nolo contendere or guilty to a crime in any jurisdiction. A licensee who fails to report that information may be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, suspension or license revocation. To report this information, complete the criminal self-reporting document and mail to the Department as provided on the form.
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In January 2011, the Department upgraded to a new online account system to provide better online services. This upgrade required all users to create a new account / profile. You can now manage multiple licenses through one account by linking the licenses to your profile at www.myfloridalicense.com.
Applicants now have the ability to upload required documents, allowing them to fully complete and submit applications online. This enhancement ensures that applications and supporting documentation submitted online will remain together. You can upload an attachment only if there is an existing open application showing in your account. The online system allows for faster processing times, thus getting our licensees to work more quickly.
When the renewal cycle opens for your license you will see a “renewal” link appear in your online account. You will be able to renew online and attach any documents, if applicable, that are required for renewal.
Remember that business or license location addresses can not be changed or updated online due to statutory or rule requirements per profession. Only your mailing address can be changed through the online account.
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Auction Company Principal
Michael E. Moecker, Chair
H. Fred Dietrich, III
Anthony B. Spivey, DBA
Mary Alford ,
Assistant Attorney General
Upcoming Board Meetings
June 15, 2012
September 28, 2012
All meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please verify meeting infomation on the department's
Board Meeting Calendar.
For a list of available positions and information regarding requirements for board membership, please visit the department's board opportunities page.
Please refer to the Board’s Web site for the most up-to-date information regarding disciplinary actions. This action may be found in the minutes of the board meetings. Although we make every effort to ensure information is correct, before making any specific decision based on this information, you may choose to request a copy of the administrative complaint and final order to ensure accuracy.
Contact the Department’s Office of Open Government at firstname.lastname@example.org for this information.
Report Unlicensed Activity
State licenses are important because they offer consumers and the general public reassurance that the person holding that license has been trained and meets the standard requirements for working in a specific field. Florida law sets specific rules and guidelines for obtaining professional licensure, and the people who have met these requirements are held to professional standards. Professional licenses can be verified online at www.myfloridalicense.com.
Unfortunately, unlicensed activity happens throughout the state, and as Florida continues to face economic challenges, the number of times unlicensed activity takes place may increase. This unregulated and illegal activity can threaten the livelihood of licensed professionals and can also pose serious personal or financial harm to consumers. Every time unlicensed activity occurs, a licensed professional loses work that he or she might otherwise have been asked to perform.
Floridians and licensed professionals can help by notifying the Department of Business and Professional Regulation of any suspected unlicensed activity.
To report unlicensed activity, please call the Department’s Unlicensed Activity Hotline at 1.866.532.1440, Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) or e-mail the information to ULA@dbpr.state.fl.us.
Subscribe to DBPR Newsletters
You can now subscribe online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com to receive your profession’s newsletter as well as other Department publications via e-mail. Subscribing is very quick and easy.
- Go to www.MyFloridaLicense.com
- Select “Subscribe to Department Newsletters.”
- Type in your name and email
- Choose which newsletters or publications you would like to receive via email.
- Select “Subscribe.”
When the newsletters you have subscribed to are available, you will receive an email from the Department with a link to your newsletter.
Contact Information Updates
Please help us by notifying the Department when your address, telephone number, and/or email changes. If you fail to notify the Department in writing of your correct mailing address of record, you could be charged with violating the law.
Official communications by the Board or the Department (such as renewal notices or legal action notices) will only be sent to your last known mailing address of record. Failure to update your mailing address of record is not only a violation of law, but it could affect the timely renewal of your license or result in the waiver of your legal rights in resolving any case brought against you by the Department. Therefore, it is extremely important that your contact information is correct.
The Department cannot change your mailing address of record without your written request. To update your mailing address of record, you can choose one of the following options:
1. You can change your individual mailing address through your online account.
2. Send a fax to(850) 488-8040 requesting that your mailing address of record be changed and provide the correct address;
3. Speak with a DBPR Call Agent at (850) 487-1395, requesting that your mailing address of record be changed and provide the correct address; the Call Agent will require additional information from you during the call to verify your identity; or,
4. Send a written request to: Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 1940 N. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783.
When corresponding with the Department, please include your full name and all department license numbers that you hold so we can apply the address of record change to all of your licenses.
If you have any questions regarding this requirement, or need assistance using the online services menu, please telephone the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or use our convenient contact form to submit any comments and/or questions you may have. In order to better serve you, please include as much information as possible about the nature of your request.
The Correct Zip Code Makes a Difference!
The Department's Bureau of Central Intake and Licensure, located within the Division of Service Operations, receives and processes your license applications. To ensure your application and required documentation is sent directly to the Bureau of Central Intake and Licensure section for processing, always use the correct zip code, "plus-4" on all correspondence you send to us. The "plus-4" refers to the unique four-digit code that identifies the divisions and offices within the Department.
The proper zip code, plus-4 for the Bureau of Central Intake and Licensure is 32399-0783.
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