DBPR has a new look online
Check out the new look of the Department of Professional Regulation’s website. It’s easier than ever to find what you need.
As a construction industry professional, you’re needs are different from those of other licensed professionals in the state of Florida. The DBPR has made finding regulatory information for contractors easy. From the home page, click the tab “Business and Professions” from the top right of the screen, then scroll through the lists of different licenses professions until you find “Construction Industry”
Once you’re on the Construction Industry page you may choose from multiple links on the righthand side of the page for hot topics, complaints, fingerprinting, criminal self-reporting and more.
All the information you need about maintaining your license is readily available through the DBPR’s website, so check it out!
The Law Spot
Applicants for licensed contracting may use any Florida Department of Law Enforcement approved Livescan vendor to submit fingerprints to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
You’re responsible for making sure that the Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number is provided to the vendor when you submit your fingerprints. If you fail to provide the ORI number or provide it incorrectly, the DBPR won’t receive your fingerprints.
You’re also responsible for choosing your own vender and making sure your fingerprints get submitted to the DBPR. You’ll need to submit a full set of fingerprints, and you may do it in two ways. According the DBPR, the fastest and preferred method is to submit your fingerprints electronically. A Livescan vender will submit your fingerprints directly to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and you’ll submit a copy of your receipt along with your application for licensure to the DBPR.
The second method for submitting your fingerprints to the DBPR is to request a fingerprint card for the department by calling 805/487-1395. You may get your fingerprints taken at a law enforcement office and then mail them to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Florida Fingerprinting Program, Prints, Inc., 119 East Park Avenue, Tallahassee, Florida 32301, along with the fingerprint fee.
Question: I recently pleaded guilting to a misdemeanor. I know crimes must get reported to the licensing board, but is that just for felonies or are misdemeanors included? Could you point me in the right direction on how to report my conviction to the department, if I am required to report?
Answer: You are required to report all crimes, whether felony or misdemeanor. Under section 455.227(1)(t), Florida Statutes, anyone holding a license issued by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation who has been convicted, found guilty or who entered a plea of nolo contendere to a crime, must report that information to the department within 30 days of the conviction, guilty plea or nolo contendere. The jurisdiction is not limited to crimes committed in Florida, but crimes committed anywhere. Failure to report is grounds for disciplinary action by the department, including fines, suspension or revocation of the license. The requirement does not distinguish between felonies or misdemeanors, so all crimes must be reported. The department has made reporting very simple. Click on the link below for the self-reporting form, which includes where to mail the completed form.
Thanks for asking, Fred Gray
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