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How do you apply for a license with the Florida Department of Professional Regulation?

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Persons wishing to obtain a Florida business license may apply at MyFloridaLicense.com. Alternately, application forms can be printed at the website, filled out, and delivered by mail or in person to the FDPR offices at 1940 North Monroe Street in Tallahassee, states the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

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Florida business license holders may renew or amend licenses, check application status and file complaints on MyFloridaLicense.com. Information about examinations is also available on the website, states the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Not all industries and professions have the same requirements to do business in Florida. For instance, architects, asbestos consultants and barbers must pass an initial licensure examination. Persons wishing to do business in the drugs, devices and cosmetics industry must obtain a wholesale, manufacturer and/or distributor permit. Electrical contractors and alarm system installers need to obtain a certified license that is valid statewide. Some Florida jurisdictions require electricians to carry registered licenses and competency cards, states the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is a state agency that operates under the aegis of the Governor's office. The agency licenses and regulates more than a million professionals statewide, including building code inspectors, certified public accountants, community association managers, real estate agents and talent agents. Headquartered in Tallahassee, the DBPR employs more than 1,500 people as of 2015, according to Wikipedia.

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