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Division Director

Greg Thomas


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

RESIDENT AND NON-RESIDENT

 PUBLIC ADJUSTING FIRM LICENSE

Programming for the new the Adjusting Firm license is currently in progress.  Watch for updates.  An email will be sent to all Adjusting Firms when the online application is available.

TYPE AND CLASS:
27-05 Public Adjusting Firm License


Common Use(s) of License:

Florida Statutes, state that no individual, firm, partnership, corporation, association, or any other entity may act in its own name or under a trade name, directly or indirectly, as an adjusting firm unless it complies with s. 626.8696 with respect to possessing an adjusting firm license for each place of business at which it engages in an activity that may be performed only by a licensed insurance adjuster.

However, an adjusting firm that is owned and operated by a single licensed adjuster conducting business in his or her individual name and not employing or otherwise using the services of or appointing other licensees is exempt from the adjusting firm licensing requirements of this subsection.

Florida Statutes, states that a branch place of business that is established by a licensed adjusting firm is considered a branch firm location and is not required to be licensed so long as it transacts business under the same name and federal tax identification number as the licensed adjusting firm and has designated with the department a primary adjuster in charge of the branch location as required by s. 626.8695 and the address and telephone number of the branch location have been submitted to the department for inclusion in the licensing record of the licensed adjusting firm within 30 days after insurance adjusting transactions begin at the branch location.


STEPS TO OBTAIN 27-05 PUBLIC_ADJUSTING FIRM LICENSE:

Step 1 - You must:

  • Have a PRIMARY ADJUSTER who is licensed as a resident or non-resident public adjuster.

Step 2 - Apply:

  • Create an ADJUSTING FIRM MyProfile account and complete the online application for an Adjusting Firm license. Answer all of the questions and enter the name and resident address of each majority owner, partner, officer, and director of the adjusting firm.
  • [Click here to apply]

Step 3 - 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.
  • 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 click the “Wallet” and/or “Letter” hyperlink(s), under the “Print Licenses” section, to generate a copy of your license for printing.

Special Notes:

  • Sole Proprietors: An adjusting firm that is owned and operated by a single licensed insurance adjuster conducting business in his or her individual name and not employing or otherwise using the services of or appointing other licensees is exempt from the adjusting firm licensing requirements.
  • License Application Fee: There is no adjusting firm license application fee.
  • An application for an adjusting firm license must be signed by an individual listed as an officer/director on the application, who directs or participates in the management or control of the firm. An adjusting firm may permit a third party to complete, submit, and sign an application on the firm’s behalf; however, the adjusting firm is responsible for ensuring that the information on the application is true and correct and is accountable for any misstatements or misrepresentations.
  • Expiration of License: Adjusting Firm licenses are perpetual as long as there is a primary adjuster effectively designated. An adjusting firm license will expire after 90 days without a primary adjuster.
  • Foreign Adjusting Firms: Adjusting Firms located in Puerto Rico are eligible to receive this license.
  • Branch Locations: Any branch location(s) transacting business under the same name and FEIN of a licensed adjusting firm must be listed as a branch location under the licensed adjusting firm (also known as the parent location/office). Branch locations are maintained by the licensed adjusting firm, are held to the same standards as a licensed firm and must have a primary adjuster designated at all times. The parent location will be able to add and maintain branch locations in MyProfile once the adjusting firm license has been approved.
  • Related Florida Statutes: 626.869, 626.8695, 626.8696, 626.112, 626.854, 626.8697