Employment Services Industry Licensing Guide
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Florida Employment Agency

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Licensing requirements for Florida employment, staffing and talent agencies.

This page provides an overview of employment services licensing in Florida for individuals and agencies. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Companies that provide employment services in Florida must apply for a license prior to doing business. Depending on the services offered, businesses may need to apply for more than one license type, and in some cases, an individual license will be required as well.

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Florida Employment Services Company Licenses

Florida De Minimis Employee Leasing Company Group Leader Registration

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation - Board of Employee Leasing Companies
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes

Initial Registration

Form:

Form ELC 5: De Minimus Registration Company Group Leader

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$500

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Good Standing or Authority from Florida Secretary of State’s office
  • Workers’ Compensation Certificate of Insurance (COI)
  • Copies of UCT-6 Forms (Employer’s Quarterly Report)
  • State Taxes Letter of Good Standing
  • A letter of verification/good standing for each state in which you hold a license to practice as an employee leasing company/group
  • IRS Form 8821 for each employee leasing company

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Supplemental Reporting
Quarterly Report

Form:

Form DBPR EL 4522: Quarterly Compliance Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 75 days of the end of each quarter.

Notes:

The first and third quarterly reports shall include a balance sheet and income statement demonstrating that the employee leasing company has adequate reserves to pay, when due, all payroll and payroll-related taxes, workers' compensation and health related premiums, and amounts due under any plan or self-insurance. A copy of the company's workers' compensation certificate of insurance in effect for the applicable quarter shall be submitted.

Florida De Minimis Employee Leasing Company Group Member Registration

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation - Board of Employee Leasing Companies
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes

Initial Registration

Form:

Form ELC 5: De Minimus Registration Company Group Member

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$500

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Good Standing or Authority from Florida Secretary of State’s office
  • Workers’ Compensation Certificate of Insurance (COI)
  • Copies of UCT-6 Forms (Employer’s Quarterly Report)
  • State Taxes Letter of Good Standing
  • A letter of verification/good standing for each state in which you hold a license to practice as an employee leasing company/group
  • IRS Form 8821 for each employee leasing company

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$500

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Supplemental Reporting
Quarterly Report

Form:

Form DBPR EL 4522: Quarterly Compliance Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 75 days of the end of each quarter.

Notes:

The first and third quarterly reports shall include a balance sheet and income statement demonstrating that the employee leasing company has adequate reserves to pay, when due, all payroll and payroll-related taxes, workers' compensation and health related premiums, and amounts due under any plan or self-insurance. A copy of the company's workers' compensation certificate of insurance in effect for the applicable quarter shall be submitted.

Florida De Minimis Employee Leasing Company Registration

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation - Board of Employee Leasing Companies
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Notes:

A De Minimis registration is for employee leasing companies that are not domiciled in the State of Florida and who have a small number of leased employees working in Florida. De Minimis registrants are exempt from certain filing requirements such as quarterly and annual reports, assessment fees, etc. A company who submits a completed De Minimis application, is domiciled outside the State of Florida and is licensed or registered as an employee leasing company in its state of domicile or residence (if such state requires licensure), may qualify for De Minimis registration and Exemption only if the company:

 

  • Does not provide leased employees to a client whose business is located or domiciled within Florida;
  • Does not maintain an office in Florida; and
  • Does not have more than 50 leased employees in Florida.

Initial Registration

Form:

Form # DBPR ELC 4 - Application for Registration as a De Minimis Employee Leasing Company

Filing Method:

File by mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$250

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Good Standing or Authority from Florida Secretary of State’s office
  • Workers’ Compensation Certificate of Insurance (COI)
  • Copies of UCT-6 Forms (Employer’s Quarterly Report)
  • State Taxes Letter of Good Standing
  • A letter of verification/good standing for each state in which you hold a license to practice as an employee leasing company/group
  • IRS Form 8821 for each employee leasing company

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Annually by the registration anniversary date.

Notes:

Companies with a de minimis registration may need to call the board to request for the renewal process to begin before filing online.

Supplemental Reporting
Quarterly Report

Form:

Form DBPR EL 4522: Quarterly Compliance Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 75 days of the end of each quarter.

Law:

FL Admin Code § 61G7-10.001

Notes:

The first and third quarterly reports shall include a balance sheet and income statement demonstrating that the employee leasing company has adequate reserves to pay, when due, all payroll and payroll-related taxes, workers' compensation and health related premiums, and amounts due under any plan or self-insurance. A copy of the company's workers' compensation certificate of insurance in effect for the applicable quarter shall be submitted.

Florida Employee Leasing Company Group License

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation - Board of Employee Leasing Companies
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

An Employee Leasing Company Group is required to have a tangible accounting net worth of not less than $50,000 collectively, and positive net working capital. If the employee leasing company group does not have a tangible accounting net worth of at least $50,000, the group shall have guaranties, letters of credit, or other securities acceptable to the board in sufficient amounts to offset any deficiency.

Initial Registration

Form:

Form ELC 3: Employee Leasing Company Group

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$250 application fee + license fee of $1,500 if applying during the first year of the biennial license period or $750 if applying during the second year of the biennial license period.

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Good Standing or Authority from Florida Secretary of State’s office
  • Workers’ Compensation Certificate of Insurance (COI)
  • A copy of the contractual agreement which will be used after licensure to engage in employee leasing with client companies
  • Accrual basis financial statements as determined by generally accepted accounting principles as of the date of the most recent fiscal year end. The financial statements must be audited or reviewed by an independent certified public accountant. If the leasing company has a gross Florida payroll of $2,500,000 or above, audited financial statements are required
  • Copies of UCT-6 Forms (Employer’s Quarterly Report)
  • State Taxes Letter of Good Standing
  • A letter of verification/good standing for each state in which you hold a license to practice as an employee leasing company/group
  • IRS Form 8821 for each employee leasing company
  • Cross Guarantee Form

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,500

Due:

By April 30 of even-numbered years.

Financial Reporting

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 120 after the close of the entity's fiscal year.

Law:

FL Admin Code § 61G7-10.0011

Notes:

Each employee leasing company shall submit, not later than 120 days after their fiscal year end, a copy of their current fiscal year end financial statements, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, which shall include statement of income and retained earnings, balance sheet, statement of changes in financial position (cash flows), and applicable footnotes.

Supplemental Reporting
Quarterly Report

Form:

Form DBPR EL 4522: Quarterly Compliance Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 75 days of the end of each quarter.

Notes:

The first and third quarterly reports shall include a balance sheet and income statement demonstrating that the employee leasing company has adequate reserves to pay, when due, all payroll and payroll-related taxes, workers' compensation and health related premiums, and amounts due under any plan or self-insurance. A copy of the company's workers' compensation certificate of insurance in effect for the applicable quarter shall be submitted.

Florida Employee Leasing Company Group Member License

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation - Board of Employee Leasing Companies
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Ownership Requirements:

  • Each employee leasing company in the group must have at least one properly licensed controlling person; however, the same person could be the controlling person for multiple group members. For additional information regarding who should be licensed as a controlling person, please see the controlling person application (form # DBPR ELC 1) and its instructions which are included in the application.
  • Two or more, but not more than five, employee leasing companies that are majority-owned by the same ultimate parent, entity, or persons may be licensed as an employee leasing company group.
Insurance Requirements:

Workers’ Compensation Certificate of Insurance (COI). A COI from the workers’ compensation insurance provider for each policy held must be maintained. The provider must be an admitted carrier in the State of Florida. The COI must name the employee leasing company as the insured, name the Board of Employee Leasing Companies (including address) as the certificate holder, include a 30-day notice of cancellation, bears the signature of an authorized representative of the insurance provider, and state that it covers all leased employees in this state.

Notes:

This application is used to apply for licensure as an employee leasing company group member. Company group members are employee leasing companies that are members of a group that is majority-owned by the same entity or person. An employee leasing group member can report financial requirements in a consolidated method, and each member must guarantee payment of all the financial obligations of the other members of the group.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?No
Qualifying Individual Requirements:

CONTROLLING PERSON: Each employee leasing company must have at least one properly licensed controlling person. For additional information regarding who should be licensed as a controlling person, please see the controlling person application. If the Controlling Person is unlicensed, they must apply at the same time as the company.

Requirement Notes:

  • CROSS GUARANTEE: As a condition of licensure as an employee leasing company group, each company that is a member of the group shall guarantee payment of all financial obligations of each other member. Group members must complete the Cross Guarantee form included in the application.

Initial Registration

Form:

Form ELC 3: Employee Leasing Company Group Member

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$250 application fee + license fee of $1,500 if applying during the first year of the biennial license period or $750 if applying during the second year of the biennial license period.

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Good Standing or Authority from Florida Secretary of State’s office
  • Workers’ Compensation Certificate of Insurance (COI)
  • A copy of the contractual agreement which will be used after licensure to engage in employee leasing with client companies
  • Accrual basis financial statements as determined by generally accepted accounting principles as of the date of the most recent fiscal year end. The financial statements must be audited or reviewed by an independent certified public accountant. If the leasing company has a gross Florida payroll of $2,500,000 or above, audited financial statements are required
  • Copies of UCT-6 Forms (Employer’s Quarterly Report)
  • State Taxes Letter of Good Standing
  • A letter of verification/good standing for each state in which you hold a license to practice as an employee leasing company/group
  • IRS Form 8821 for each employee leasing company
  • Cross Guarantee Form

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$1,500

Due:

By April 30 of even-numbered years.

Financial Reporting

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 120 after the close of the entity's fiscal year.

Law:

FL Admin Code § 61G7-10.0011

Notes:

Each employee leasing company shall submit, not later than 120 days after their fiscal year end, a copy of their current fiscal year end financial statements, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, which shall include statement of income and retained earnings, balance sheet, statement of changes in financial position (cash flows), and applicable footnotes.

Supplemental Reporting
Quarterly Report

Form:

Form DBPR EL 4522: Quarterly Compliance Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 75 days of the end of each quarter.

Notes:

The first and third quarterly reports shall include a balance sheet and income statement demonstrating that the employee leasing company has adequate reserves to pay, when due, all payroll and payroll-related taxes, workers' compensation and health related premiums, and amounts due under any plan or self-insurance. A copy of the company's workers' compensation certificate of insurance in effect for the applicable quarter shall be submitted.

Florida Employee Leasing Company License

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation - Board of Employee Leasing Companies
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Financial Requirements:

Employee Leasing Companies for initial licensure are required to have tangible accounting net worth of not less than $50,000, and positive net working capital. If the employee leasing company does not have a tangible accounting net worth of at least $50,000, the company shall have guaranties, letters of credit, or other securities acceptable to the board in sufficient amounts to offset any deficiency.

Initial Registration

Form:

Form ELC 2: Employee Leasing Company

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$250 application fee + license fee of $900 if applying during the first year of the biennial license period or $450 if applying during the second year of the biennial license period.

Required Attachments:
  • Certificate of Good Standing or Authority from Florida Secretary of State’s office
  • Workers’ Compensation Certificate of Insurance (COI)
  • A copy of the contractual agreement which will be used after licensure to engage in employee leasing with client companies
  • Accrual basis financial statements as determined by generally accepted accounting principles as of the date of the most recent fiscal year end. The financial statements must be audited or reviewed by an independent certified public accountant. If the leasing company has a gross Florida payroll of $2,500,000 or above, audited financial statements are required
  • Copies of UCT-6 Forms (Employer’s Quarterly Report)
  • State Taxes Letter of Good Standing
  • A letter of verification/good standing for each state in which you hold a license to practice as an employee leasing company/group
  • IRS Form 8821 for each employee leasing company

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$900

Due:

By April 30 of even-numbered years.

Financial Reporting

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 120 after the close of the entity's fiscal year.

Law:

FL Admin Code § 61G7-10.0011

Notes:

Each employee leasing company shall submit, not later than 120 days after their fiscal year end, a copy of their current fiscal year end financial statements, prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, which shall include statement of income and retained earnings, balance sheet, statement of changes in financial position (cash flows), and applicable footnotes.

Supplemental Reporting
Quarterly Report

Form:

Form DBPR EL 4522: Quarterly Compliance Form

Agency Fee:

$0

Due:

Within 75 days of the end of each quarter.

Notes:

The first and third quarterly reports shall include a balance sheet and income statement demonstrating that the employee leasing company has adequate reserves to pay, when due, all payroll and payroll-related taxes, workers' compensation and health related premiums, and amounts due under any plan or self-insurance. A copy of the company's workers' compensation certificate of insurance in effect for the applicable quarter shall be submitted.

Companies acting as employment agencies in Florida must obtain the following licenses before offering employment services. Applications usually require proof of incorporation or a certificate of authority.

Florida Employment Agency License

Not required



Employment Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Florida.

Florida Talent Agency License

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation

Initial Registration

Form:

Form TA-1: Talent Agency – Initial Licensure

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$705 if submitted between June 1 of even years and May 30 of an odd year and $505 for applications submitted between May 31 of odd years and May 31 of even years.

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$405

Due:

By May 31 of even-numbered years.

Individual Licenses

Florida Individual Employment Services Licenses

Florida Employee Leasing Company Controlling Person License

Agency:Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation - Board of Employee Leasing Companies

Initial Registration

Form:

Form ELC 1: Controlling Person

Filing Method:

Mail or online.

Agency Fee:

$106.75 application fee + license fee of $600 if applying during the first year of the biennial license period or $300 if applying during the second year of the biennial license period.

Required Attachments:
  • Electronic fingerprints
  • Credit report on the applicant from a nationally recognized credit reporting agency, which includes a
    public records statement that records have been checked at local, state, and federal levels
  • A certified transcript of college credits if using college credit to meet the education
    requirements for licensure as a controlling person and/or complete a separate Verification of Employment (section V) for each employer within the past 10 years
  • IRS Form 8821

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$600

Due:

By April 30 of even-numbered years.

Employee Leasing Company - Enter into leasing contracts with other businesses that require labor. The leasing company loans its workers to the lessee while still providing specified responsibilities, such as workers compensation insurance, to the employees. This includes long term (6 months or more) temporary arrangements but often excludes temporary help arrangements. Unlike professional employer organizations, employee leasing companies are contracted when an employer needs to hire staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Employment Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment for a person.

Professional Employer Organization - PEOs take on the human resources role for businesses and act as a co-employer in the sense that the client company's workers are administratively employees of the PEO but functionally these employees are controlled by the client company. Unlike employee leasing companies, PEOs are contracted when an employer already has staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Staffing Agency - An entity that procures temporary or part-time employment for a person who then works under the supervision of a worksite employer.

Talent Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment or placement for an artist. (Certain art forms are excluded)

American Staffing Association
Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solution industry advocacy group.

National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
Education and training oriented association for personnel services providers.

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Provides advocacy efforts, information, and other services to members of the employment industry.

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