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Apply for a New Vending Machine License

Florida law requires owners of new public food service and new owners of existing establishments to obtain a license from the division before operating. The application process described below is for a new Vending Machine license.

Application Requirements:
  • Eligibility: If your operation does not meet the following definition, please return to the previous page to select the correct one.

    Vending Machine -Vending machines are any self-service devices licensed pursuant to Chapter 509, FS, which, upon insertion of coin or token, or by other means, dispense unit servings of potentially hazardous food, either in bulk or packaged, without the necessity of replenishing the device between each operation. All vending machine owners shall submit the serial number of each vending machine to the division on the application for license. It is the responsibility of the vending machine owner to maintain an accurate and current list of vending machine locations with the corresponding serial number. This list shall be made available to the division upon request. The division shall coordinate with the vending machine owner to schedule inspections with the assistance of the owner or its agent with the capability to open and demonstrate the machine. [Rule 61C-1.002(5)(a)5., Florida Administrative Code]

  • License Fees: Annual license fees are listed on our food service fee webpage and are based in part on the county your establishment is located and when you wish to open. The division divides the state into 7 licensing districts according to county. Licenses expire each year at the following times:

    • District 1 - October 1
    • District 2 - December 1
    • District 3 - February 1
    • District 4 - April 1
    • District 5 - June 1
    • District 6 - June 1
    • District 7 - December 1

  • If applying less than six months prior to the expiration date, the fee is prorated to the half-year fee. If applying more than six months prior to the expiration date, the fee is the full-year fee. For help determining the correct fees please use our license fee calculator.

  • Opening Inspection: All new licensees are required to pass a sanitation and safety inspection prior to opening. After submitting your license application and fees, contact the department at 850.487.1395 to schedule an opening inspection.

  • More Info: For additional information about our licensing process and other government requirements, please review our website. Use the Back button or arrow to return to this screen.

If you have questions or need assistance in completing this application, please call the Customer Contact Center at 850-487-1395.

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2601 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee FL 32399 :: Email: Customer Contact Center :: Customer Contact Center: 850.487.1395

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Under Florida law, email addresses are public records. If you do not want your email address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact the office by phone or by traditional mail. If you have any questions, please contact 850.487.1395. *Pursuant to Section 455.275(1), Florida Statutes, effective October 1, 2012, licensees licensed under Chapter 455, F.S. must provide the Department with an email address if they have one. The emails provided may be used for official communication with the licensee. However email addresses are public record. If you do not wish to supply a personal address, please provide the Department with an email address which can be made available to the public. Please see our Chapter 455 page to determine if you are affected by this change.