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.

Company Licenses

Florida Employment Services Company Licenses

Florida De Minimis Employee Leasing Company Registration

Agency:Florida Board of Employee Leasing Companies
Foreign Qualification is Prerequisite:Yes
Fact Checked:7/26/19

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

Fact Checked:7/26/19

Registration Renewal

Filing Method:

Online

Agency Fee:

$250

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:7/26/19

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.

In addition to employment agency licenses, some states also offers a license specific to talent agencies. Applications usually require proof of incorporation, and out of state employment firms must qualify as foreign entities with the secretary of state prior to obtaining a license.

Florida Professional Employer Organization License

Agency:Florida Board of Employee Leasing Companies

Initial Registration

Form:

https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp?chBoard=true&boardid=63&SID=

Agency Fee:

$1150 if submitted in the first year of the biennium which ends on April 30 of even-numbered years. $700 if the application is submitted in the second year.

Notes:

May not apply to temporary staffing agencies.

Fact Checked:12/7/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intercept.asp

Agency Fee:

$900

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:12/7/16

Florida Talent Agency License

Agency:Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation

Initial Registration

Form:

https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intentions2.asp?chBoard=true&boardid=49&SID=

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.

Fact Checked:12/7/16

Registration Renewal

Form:

https://www.myfloridalicense.com/intercept.asp

Agency Fee:

$405

Due:

Biennially

Fact Checked:12/7/16

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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