Florida Fundraising Licensing

Resources for charities, businesses, professional fundraisers, and individuals conducting charitable solicitation activities
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Below, you'll find licensing requirements for a range of fundraising activities. At a glance, you can see requirements, fees, filing instructions, and links to forms for everything from charitable gaming and cause marketing to professional fundraisers and charitable gift annuities.

Make sure your fundraising activities meet the unique requirements of each jurisdiction where you’re soliciting. Feel free to explore, bookmark, and share!

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Company Licenses

Florida Nonprofit & Fundraising Company Licenses

Florida Bingo and Raffle Licenses

Not required



There is no state level licensing for games of chance in Florida, however, many Florida counties license charitable organizations for games of bingo.

Florida Charitable Gift Annuity Registration

Agency:Florida Office of Insurance Regulation
Law:

FL Stat. § 627.481

Organization Age Requirement: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Notes:

Charities must submit a notice to the office that identifies the charity, certifies that the organization meets the requirement to issue annuities, and bear the signature of two or more officers or directors. Organizations must have a separated reserve fund and qualify as a 501(c)(3).

Registration Renewal

Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

The charity must file annual sworn statements which follow the rules set by the office of insurance regulation.

Florida Charitable Organizations/Sponsors Registration

Agency:Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Consumer Services
Law:

Florida Statutes § 496.405 et seq.

One-Time Exemption Registration

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Organizations must email the state to receive an exemption, but no registration is required.

Registration to Obtain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Renewal to Maintain Exemption

Exemption Eligible Organizations: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$10-400, depending on contributions received during the prior fiscal year ($0 if exempt)

Notes:
  • Carefully ensure you include all required attachments
  • Notarized signature of the CFO or treasurer is required.
  • Nonprofits who will solicit at Florida highway rest stops must obtain permission from their local Department of Transportation Maintenance Unit. Use Form #850-040-70, Permit Application for Public Use of Rest Areas, Wayside Parks and Solicitation on State Highways. Start by identifying local maintenance units at the Florida Department of Transportation Office of Maintenance.
  • Some Florida counties and municipalities may require charities that solicit in-person to register prior to fundraising.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Filing method: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$10-400, depending on contributions received during the prior fiscal year

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Penalties: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:
  • Carefully ensure you include all required attachments, including yoru annual financial report.

Change of Fiscal Year

Agency fee:

$0

Turnaround: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Email the state to inform them of the change.

Florida Commercial Co-Venturer Registration

Not required



Florida does not currently have a traditional registration requirement for commercial co-venturers, but they may need to follow other regulations before and after fundraising events.

More information: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Consumer Services

Registration Not Required

Not required



Florida Professional Fundraising Consultant Registration

Agency:Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Consumer Services

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$300

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Florida Professional Solicitor Registration

Agency:Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Consumer Services
Bond Requirements: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$300

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$300

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Contract Filing

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

Financial Reporting

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

Financial report forms are sent in the mail.

Individual Licenses

Florida Individual Nonprofit & Fundraising Licenses

Florida Individual Professional Solicitor License

Agency:Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services - Division of Consumer Services

Initial Registration

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notes:

There is no registration fee, but there may be a fee for a background check.

Registration Renewal

Form: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Agency fee:

$0

Due: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Original Ink: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA
Notarize: ACCESS PREMIUM DATA

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