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Agency Registration and Licensure
Every insurance agency transacting insurance business in Florida should have either a registration or a license.  This requirement became law on October 1, 2006.

An agency registration is provided to agencies that were in business prior to January 1, 2003, and the agency (1) is wholly owned by insurance agents currently licensed and appointed, (2) is an incorporated agency whose voting shares are traded on a securities exchange, or (3) whose primary function is offering insurance as a service or member benefit to members of a nonprofit organization. There is no fee associated with a registration.  It is perpetual and does not have to be renewed.

An agency license is needed for agencies in business on or after January 1, 2003, or the agencies that were in business prior to January 1, 2003 and do not meet the criteria listed above for registration. An agency license is valid for three (3) years and must be renewed. There is no fee associated with the issuance or renewal of the license.  Fingerprints of agency owners, officers, directors, or others exercising control over the agency are not required when applying for a renewal, but are for a new agency license. If you fail to renew your agency license prior its expiration date, you must apply for a new agency license.

When  you apply for an agency license, you will be asked when the agency began transacting.  The transaction date requested is the date the agency began transacting insurance business in the State of Florida. This is not the date the agent became licensed nor the date the agency became incorporated. Also, if an agency changes its agent in charge, or officers, the agency has 30 days to inform us of the changes.  Current fingerprints will need to be submitted to us, if they have not already, for the new individual(s).

You can find more information regarding insurance agency registration and/or licensure via our web site at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/Agents.

Did you know that in January 2010...?
  • Florida had 468,986 licensed resident and non-resident agents.
  • There were 52,421 agency licenses and registrations.
  • The Bureau of Licensing processed 7,040 applications for licensure.
    100% of the applications were processed within 7 working days.
  • The Licensing Helpline received over 17,000 phone calls and had a 92% customer satisfaction rating.
    The #1 phone call involved checking CE status.  It is much faster to check your CE status by logging in to MyProfile.
  • The Bureau of Investigation completed 148 investigations, with 963 active ones remaining open. Check out the Enforcement Actions page to see the actions taken from previously completed investigations.