An occupational license, also known as a business license, is required for a person or business to engage in certain services in Florida, such as cosmetology, certified public accounting or interior design. The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) performs oversight and licensure in Florida. Not all businesses require this certification—a comprehensive listing of the services that require licensure is located on the DBPR website (see Resources). If a license is required, the steps to obtain one are straightforward.
Access the DBPR website home page and select “Apply for a License” from the banner near the top of the page.
Select “Option #1” from the list of selections.
Select the profession or service you're interested in from the list provided.
Select the appropriate application type from the menu of application options that are listed. For example, one option is to renew a license; another option is to obtain an initial license.
Review the application requirements by selecting “Learn More.” Requirements vary for each type of service and may include proof of passing an examination or evidence that continuing professional education requirements have been met.
Choose either the “Apply Using On-line Services” or “Apply Using a Printable Application" button. Some licenses may only be obtained via a written application.
Complete and submit the application. An online services account will be created during the input process if the application is submitted online. The information required to complete the application will vary widely based upon the services that will be rendered.
Review the occupational license you'll receive in the mail. The expiration date will vary based upon the services provided.
A city or county may also charge a local business tax (this tax was previously known as an occupational license tax).
Other types of businesses may require registration with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.