Located in Orlando, the Division administers the Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC) and the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board (FREAB). The FREC is comprised of seven members (five real estate licensees and two persons never licensed in real estate). The FREAB is comprised of seven members (four appraisers, one consumer and two Florida residents with no connection to the industry). Members of both are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.
Mission: Protecting the public by regulation of real estate and appraisal licensees through education and compliance.
Vision: To be a trusted resource to real estate and appraisal licensees and the public through improved customer service and education.
During the 2009 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 425, which became law on October 1, 2009. Beginning October 1, 2009, House Bill 425 requires all licensees to report to the department within 30 days of being convicted or found guilty of, or having plead nolo contendere or guilty to a crime in any jurisdiction. A licensee who fails to report that information, may be subject to disciplinary action, including fines, suspension or license revocation. To report this information, complete the criminal self-reporting document and mail to the department as provided on the form.
To apply for a specific business or professional license either using our Online Services or to apply using a paper application, click this APPLY link (or use the APPLY button on the navigation menu above). To renew or maintain a license, click this RENEW/MAINTAIN link (or use the RENEW/MAINTAIN button on the navigation menu above). If you have questions or need further assistance, please call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.
Department License Application-Related
This section contains master forms that are used to apply for a license throughout the department.
Individual complaint forms are available in this section and are used to file a complaint against a licensee of the department.
Escrow dispute notification and disbursement order forms are available in this section.
REAL ESTATE EDUCATION
Click Log On
Click Renew/Maintain This License
Click View/Maintain Related Licenses
Click on Individual Agent (Edit) to change status - this will remove agent. PRINT SCREEN or scroll down to the bottom and click on "add relationship" to add new agent.
Insert License #: ____________
VERIFY CE (CONTINUING EDUCATION) CREDITS WITH DBPR
Follow these instructions to view your Continuing Education Credits online through the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
1. To access the website: www.myfloridalicense.com
2. Click on VERIFY A LICENSE.
3. Look to the left of the screen and scroll down to User Services and click on MY CONTINUING EDUCATION.
4. If this is your first time using the site, under Path 1, click on GO.
5. If you have used the site before, under Path 2, click on GO.
6. If yu don't have the initial PIN # sent to you from DBPR, please
call 850-487-1395 for assistance.
The Customer Contact Center hours of operations are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. EST.
It is very important that you keep all your continuing education letters to validate you coursework. These letters will tell you the course names and how many credits you have received. If the credits did not get trasmitted successfully to DBPR, then you will be able to use the letters to verify your attendance.
Florida Real Estate Commission (FREC)
There are some violations of the license law that come before the FREC on a very frequent basis. I will outline some of them here:
Practice without a Valid and Current License. 475.42(1)(a), F.S.; 475.42(1)(c), F.S.; Rule 61J2-5.019, F.A.C. Brokers, especially in the current economic environment, must be careful to ensure that their sales associates have registrations and licenses that are current. It is as simple as doing a regular check at www.myfloridalicense.com. The usual action of the Commission for practice without a valid and current license is to impose an administrative fine not to exceed $5,000 and a three year suspension to revocation. For brokers employing sales associates who are not holders of a valid and current license, the usual action of the Commission is to impose an administrative fine not to exceed $5,000 and a 90-day to two year suspension.
Failure to Account and Deliver for Sales Associates. 475.25(1)(d)(1), F.S.; 61J2-14.009. For Real Estate Sales Associates, this is perhaps the most common violation. It usually is discovered during the course of investigating a complaint. Every sales associate who receives any deposit, as defined in Rule 61J2-14.008, Florida Administrative Code, shall deliver the same to the broker or employer no later than the end of the next business day following receipt of the item to be deposited. Saturday, Sundays and legal holidays shall not be construed as business days. Receipt by a sales associate or any other representative of the brokerage firm constitutes receipt by the broker for purposes of paragraph 61J2-14.008(1)(d), Florida Administrative Code. The usual action of the Commission for failure to account and deliver is to impose an administrative fine not to exceed $5,000 and up to a five year suspension.
Failure to Account and Deliver for Brokers. 475.25(1)(d), F.S. 61J2-10.032, F.A.C. Conflicting demands on escrow deposits has become a frequent situation in today's real estate market. The Florida Statutes and Code are quite complicated here, and should be reviewed carefully. If the licensee, in good faith, entertains doubt as to what person is entitled to the accounting and delivery of the escrowed property, or if conflicting demands have been made upon the licensee for the escrowed funds in her or his escrow or trust account, the licensee shall notify the commission within 15 days of such doubts or conflicting demands and shall within 30 days after the last demand or after having such doubt:
If the licensee employs one of the options above within the proper timeframes and abides by the resulting order or judgment, no administrative complaint may be filed against the licensee for failure to account for, deliver, or maintain the escrowed property.
For violations for failure to account or deliver, it is the usual action of the Commission to impose an administrative fine not to exceed $5,000 and up to a 5 year suspension.
I hope this short recitation of a couple of the most common mistakes that Realtors make can help everyone to avoid having to make an appearance at our next meeting. In the current economic situation, an administrative fine is the last thing a Realtor needs.