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Gallagher Announces Online Application for Insurance Agent License

9/4/2001

TALLAHASSEE - Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher today announced a new online system for applying for an agent license from the convenience of a home or office computer. The system will be an easier and faster way for prospective agents to apply for any of the more than 130 available licenses.

"An individual will now be able to fill out an application for a license using the internet and transmit it directly to the Department," Gallagher said. "This new system will save in paperwork, processing time, and can potentially reduce the costs for applicants."

To access the online application, log on to www.fldfs.com and click on the link on the bottom of the page.

As a time and cost-saving measure, the program will flash an alert, and stop the application process, if at any point an applicant is deemed ineligible for the license requested. Previously, an applicant was required to mail an application along with a non-refundable $50 processing fee to the Department for review. In the past, if the applicant was found to be ineligible, notification was provided that another application must be submitted when requirements were met. This required the individual to pay another fee to obtain the license. With the new online system, an applicant is charged a fee only if he or she is qualified to receive the license. In addition, this fee can now be paid online by credit card for a small convenience charge.

Once the online application is complete, the applicant will be asked to forward supporting documents to the Department. When these are received, an authorization letter will be sent to the applicant who will then schedule an examination date, if required, with a local testing and license issuance provider and/or report for a photograph to be printed on the license. When an examination is required, the license can be awarded at the testing center on the same day the examination is passed.

This program can be used to apply for all types of licenses offered by the Department which include agent, agency, adjuster, firm, bail bond and customer representative. Individuals already licensed may also use this system to apply for an additional license, duplicate license, re-examination or make a name or address change.