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Division Director

Greg Thomas


Agent and Agency Services
200 East Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0318
Bureau of Licensing
(850) 413-3137
Bureau of Investigation
(850) 413-3136
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RESIDENT SURPLUS LINES LICENSE

TYPE AND CLASS:
1-20 Surplus Lines


Common Use(s) of License:

An individual licensed to handle placement of insurance coverages with unauthorized insurers and to place such coverages with authorized insurers as to which the licensee is not licensed as an agent.

Related Florida Statutes:

626.015 and 626.927


STEPS TO OBTAIN RESIDENT 1-20 SURPLUS LINES LICENSE:

Step 1 - You must be:

  • A natural person at least 18 years of age.
  • A resident of the state of Florida.
  • A United States citizen or legal alien who possesses a work authorization from the United States Immigration and Naturalization Services. [Click here for more information]
  • Licensed and appointed as a Florida resident general lines insurance agent
    (Type & Class 2-20)
    OR
  • Licensed and appointed as a Florida resident managing general agent
    (Type & Class 00-60)
    OR
  • Licensed and appointed as a Florida resident service representative
    (Type & Class 00-55)

Step 2 - Must have the following prerequisite(s) before applying:

Step 3 - Apply:

Step 4 - Send prerequisite(s) to department:

  • Send proof of prerequisite, as indicated in Step 2, to the Bureau.
    Note: If you have taken a prelicensing course, your prelicensing education provider will automatically send the Bureau proof within 20 days of your passing date. This does not include designations.

    Mail to:
    Department of Financial Services
    Bureau of Licensing, Room 419
    200 East Gaines Street
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-0319

    AgentLicensing@MyFloridaCFO.com

Step 5 - Fingerprints:

Step 6 - Status notification(s):

  • Once an application has been submitted, you may check your MyProfile account for the status of your application. Deficiencies will be listed under the pending license type.

Step 7 - Examination:

Disregard this step if you are not required to take an exam.

  • Upon approval, an email will be sent to you directing you to check your messages in your MyProfile account. Messages are where you may view your notifications from the department, such as an authorization for an examination. Follow the message's instructions to schedule the examination.
    [Click here for the Exam Information page]

Step 8 - Print license:

  • Once all the above steps have been satisfied, the department will send your approval by email. You may then go to your MyProfile account and print your license.

    Note: If you are required to take an examination, you will not be able to print your license until the department has received a passing result from the testing vendor.

Special Note:

Surplus lines agents must appoint themselves after getting licensed. To do this:

  1. Log in to your MyProfile account.
  2. Select the "Access eAppoint" link on the right.
  3. If you have never used eAppoint, you must first register and will need to select "Register to become an appointing entity".
  4. Once you have completed step #2 or #3 above, you will be able to select "New Appointment" in the eAppoint Workbench. Once "New Appointment" has been selected, follow the on screen instructions and pay the $150 appointment fee to complete your self-appointment. Note: This appointment will need to be renewed during your birth month 2 years after the initial appointment effective date, and every 24 months after, to maintain this license.

FSLSO MEMBERSHIP:
Any individual, licensed as a surplus lines agent under s. 626.927 and 626.9272, Florida Statutes, shall be deemed a member of the Florida Surplus Lines Service Office (FSLSO), a not-for-profit, self-regulating association. Upon receiving your Florida Surplus Lines Agent License, you will need to complete a New Agent Membership form by visiting: https://slip.fslso.com and selecting "Register".

More information can be found by clicking here.