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How do I update my address?

UPDATE ADDRESS ONLINE:

  • Login to online services by selecting your profession from the dropdown menu and entering your User ID and Password
  • Your User ID and Password were mailed with your initial license. Please look at the center section and refer to the Online Services Instructions, item #5.
  • If you do not have your User ID and Password, click on “Get Login Help“.
  • Select “Update Addresses” on the left side of the page
  • Enter the new address information
  • Once you have entered your new address, click on “Process”. You will receive a confirmation page that displays the updated address.

About Your Practice Location Address The practice location address will display on the Internet and your license. Your practice location must be a physical location address and must not include a Post Office box. The mailing address will only display on the Internet if you have not provided a practice location address to us.

Establishment/Facility Name or Address If the name or address change is for a facility that has changed location, a licensure application must be submitted. See your profession’s web page for additional information.

UPDATE ADDRESS BY MAIL: If you prefer to change your address by mail, please complete the Change of Address form. Written requests for address changes must include your name, profession, license number, old address, new address, date of birth, last four digits of your social security number, and your signature.

PROCESSING TIME: If you are submitting an address change request by mail, please allow 5-7 business days for processing. Online requests will be processed within 48 hours.

Please Note: An updated license will not be automatically sent. A duplicate license request must be submitted.

How do I request a Variance or Waiver

Below are the statutes and rules providing the requirements for requesting a Petition for (Variance from) or (Waiver of) Rule (Citation)

Florida Statutes – 120.542 Variances and waivers

(1)Strict application of uniformly applicable rule requirements can lead to unreasonable, unfair, and unintended results in particular instances. The Legislature finds that it is appropriate in such cases to adopt a procedure for agencies to provide relief to persons subject to regulation. A public employee is not a person subject to regulation under this section for the purpose of petitioning for a variance or waiver to a rule that affects that public employee in his or her capacity as a public employee. Agencies are authorized to grant variances and waivers to requirements of their rules consistent with this section and with rules adopted under the authority of this section. An agency may limit the duration of any grant of a variance or waiver or otherwise impose conditions on the grant only to the extent necessary for the purpose of the underlying statute to be achieved. This section does not authorize agencies to grant variances or waivers to statutes or to rules required by the Federal Government for the agency’s implementation or retention of any federally approved or delegated program, except as allowed by the program or when the variance or waiver is also approved by the appropriate agency of the Federal Government. This section is supplemental to, and does not abrogate, the variance and waiver provisions in any other statute.

(2)Variances and waivers shall be granted when the person subject to the rule demonstrates that the purpose of the underlying statute will be or has been achieved by other means by the person and when application of a rule would create a substantial hardship or would violate principles of fairness. For purposes of this section, “substantial hardship” means a demonstrated economic, technological, legal, or other type of hardship to the person requesting the variance or waiver. For purposes of this section, “principles of fairness” are violated when the literal application of a rule affects a particular person in a manner significantly different from the way it affects other similarly situated persons who are subject to the rule.

(3)The Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Administration Commission, shall adopt uniform rules of procedure pursuant to the requirements of s. 120.54(5) establishing procedures for granting or denying petitions for variances and waivers. The uniform rules shall include procedures for the granting, denying, or revoking of emergency and temporary variances and waivers. Such provisions may provide for expedited timeframes, waiver of or limited public notice, and limitations on comments on the petition in the case of such temporary or emergency variances and waivers.

(4)Agencies shall advise persons of the remedies available through this section and shall provide copies of this section, the uniform rules on variances and waivers, and, if requested, the underlying statute, to persons who inquire about the possibility of relief from rule requirements.

(5)A person who is subject to regulation by an agency rule may file a petition with that agency, with a copy to the committee, requesting a variance or waiver from the agency’s rule. In addition to any requirements mandated by the uniform rules, each petition shall specify:

(a)The rule from which a variance or waiver is requested.
(b)The type of action requested.
(c)The specific facts that would justify a waiver or variance for the petitioner.
(d)The reason why the variance or the waiver requested would serve the purposes of the underlying statute.

(6)Within 15 days after receipt of a petition for variance or waiver, an agency shall provide notice of the petition to the Department of State, which shall publish notice of the petition in the first available issue of the Florida Administrative Weekly. The notice shall contain the name of the petitioner, the date the petition was filed, the rule number and nature of the rule from which variance or waiver is sought, and an explanation of how a copy of the petition can be obtained. The uniform rules shall provide a means for interested persons to provide comments on the petition.

(7)Except for requests for emergency variances or waivers, within 30 days after receipt of a petition for a variance or waiver, an agency shall review the petition and request submittal of all additional information that the agency is permitted by this section to require. Within 30 days after receipt of such additional information, the agency shall review it and may request only that information needed to clarify the additional information or to answer new questions raised by or directly related to the additional information. If the petitioner asserts that any request for additional information is not authorized by law or by rule of the affected agency, the agency shall proceed, at the petitioner’s written request, to process the petition.

(8)An agency shall grant or deny a petition for variance or waiver within 90 days after receipt of the original petition, the last item of timely requested additional material, or the petitioner’s written request to finish processing the petition. A petition not granted or denied within 90 days after receipt of a completed petition is deemed approved. A copy of the order granting or denying the petition shall be filed with the committee and shall contain a statement of the relevant facts and reasons supporting the agency’s action. The agency shall provide notice of the disposition of the petition to the Department of State, which shall publish the notice in the next available issue of the Florida Administrative Weekly. The notice shall contain the name of the petitioner, the date the petition was filed, the rule number and nature of the rule from which the waiver or variance is sought, a reference to the place and date of publication of the notice of the petition, the date of the order denying or approving the variance or waiver, the general basis for the agency decision, and an explanation of how a copy of the order can be obtained. The agency’s decision to grant or deny the petition shall be supported by competent substantial evidence and is subject to ss. 120.569 and 120.57. Any proceeding pursuant to ss. 120.569 and 120.57 in regard to a variance or waiver shall be limited to the agency action on the request for the variance or waiver, except that a proceeding in regard to a variance or waiver may be consolidated with any other proceeding authorized by this chapter.

(9)Each agency shall maintain a record of the type and disposition of each petition, including temporary or emergency variances and waivers, filed pursuant to this section.

History.—s. 12, ch. 96-159; s. 5, ch. 97-176; s. 37, ch. 2010-102.

Florida Administrative Code (Rules) Chapter 28-104: Variance OR Waiver

28-104.001 Purpose; Construction.

28-104.002 Petition for Variance or Waiver.
28-104.003 Comments on Petition.
28-104.004 Petition for Emergency Variance or Waiver.
28-104.005 Time for Consideration of Emergency Petition.
28-104.0051 Revocation of Emergency or Temporary Variance or Waiver.
28-104.006 Request for Information.

28-104.001 Purpose; Construction.
This chapter implements Section 120.542, F.S., by establishing the procedures for granting or denying petitions for variances and waivers of agency rules, and, should be read in conjunction with the provisions of Sections 120.52(18), 120.52(19) and 120.542, F.S.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)8., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(3) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07.

28-104.002 Petition for Variance or Waiver.
(1) A petition for a variance from or waiver of an agency rule shall be filed with the clerk of the agency that adopted the rule, with a copy to the Joint Administrative Procedures Committee, Room 120, The Holland Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1300.
(2) The petition must include the following information:

(a) The caption shall read:
Petition for (Variance from) or (Waiver of) Rule (Citation)
(b) The name, address, telephone number, and any facsimile number of the petitioner;
(c) The name, address, telephone number, and any facsimile number of the attorney or qualified representative of the petitioner (if any);
(d) The applicable rule or portion of the rule;
(e) The citation to the statute the rule is implementing;
(f) The type of action requested;
(g) The specific facts that demonstrate a substantial hardship or a violation of principles of fairness that would justify a waiver or variance for the petitioner;
(h) The reason why the variance or the waiver requested would serve the purposes of the underlying statute; and
(i) A statement whether the variance or waiver is permanent or temporary. If the variance or waiver is temporary, the petition shall include the dates indicating the duration of the requested variance or waiver.

(3) The petition for a variance or waiver may be withdrawn by the applicant at any time before final agency action.
(4) Upon receipt of a petition for variance or waiver, the agency shall furnish a copy of the petition to any other agency responsible for implementing the rule.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(5) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 3-18-98.

28-104.003 Comments on Petition.
(1) Any interested person or other agency may submit written comments on the petition for a variance or waiver within 14 days after the notice required by Section 120.542(6), F.S. The agency shall state in any order whether comments were received by the agency.
(2) The agency shall maintain the comments as part of the record.
(3) The right to comment pursuant to this section does not alone confer party status in any proceeding arising from a petition for variance or waiver.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(6), 120.542(8) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-104.004 Petition for Emergency Variance or Waiver.
(1) A person requesting an emergency variance from or waiver of an agency rule shall so state in the caption to the petition.
(2) In addition to the other requirements of Section 120.542(5), F.S., and this chapter, the petition shall specify:

(a) The specific facts that make the situation an emergency; and
(b) The specific facts to show that the petitioner will suffer an immediate adverse effect unless the variance or waiver is issued more expeditiously than the time frames provided in Section 120.542, F.S.

Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(3), (5) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

28-104.005 Time for Consideration of Emergency Petition.
(1) The agency shall grant or deny a petition for emergency variance or waiver within 30 days of its receipt by the agency. If such petition is not granted or denied within this time limit, the petition shall be deemed approved unless the time limit is waived by the petitioner.
(2) Within 5 days after filing a petition for emergency variance or waiver with the agency clerk, the agency shall give notice of receipt of the petition on its website, if it has one. The agency shall also give notice by any procedure that is fair under the circumstances or provide notice of the petition to the Department of State for publication in the first available issue of the Florida Administrative Weekly. Any notice under this subsection shall inform interested persons of the right to submit comments. Interested persons or other agencies may submit written comments on the petition for emergency variance or waiver within 5 days after publication of the notice required herein. The notice and comment requirements in this subsection shall not apply if the agency head finds that an immediate danger to the public health, safety, or welfare requires an immediate final order, which final order shall recite with particularity the facts underlying such finding.
(3) If the agency decides that the situation is not an emergency, the petition shall then be reviewed by the agency on a non-emergency basis as set forth in Section 120.542(7), F.S.
(4) The duration of an emergency variance or waiver shall be determined by the agency.
(5) The agency shall issue a written order granting or denying the petition. The order shall state the facts and reasons supporting the agency’s action.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)8., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(3) FS. History–New 4-1-97, Amended 1-15-07, 12-24-07.

28-104.0051 Revocation of Emergency or Temporary Variance or Waiver.
(1) Upon receipt of evidence sufficient to show that the recipient of an order granting an emergency or temporary variance or waiver is not in compliance with the requirements of that order, the agency shall issue an order to show cause why the emergency variance or waiver should not be revoked.
(2) The recipient of an emergency or temporary variance or waiver shall respond to the order to show cause why the emergency variance or waiver should not be revoked within 15 days of the mailing date of the order to show cause. Failure to timely respond shall result in a final order revoking the emergency or temporary variance or waiver.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6. FS. Law Implemented 120.542(1), (3) FS. History–New 3-18-98.

28-104.006 Request for Information.
(1) When a person inquires of the agency about the possibility of relief from any rule requirements or the remedies available pursuant to Section 120.542, F.S., the agency shall provide the information required by Section 120.542(4), F.S., within 15 days of the inquiry.
(2) In its response to a request for information, the agency shall indicate the name and address of the appropriate contact person for additional information and shall indicate how a petition for variance or waiver is filed with the agency.
Specific Authority 120.54(5)(b)6., 120.542(3) FS. Law Implemented 120.542(4) FS. History–New 4-1-97.

How do I request a duplicate license?

Log into your MQA Online Services Portal account and select Request Duplicate License from the “Manage My License Information” pull-down menu. Review your changes and click “Submit.” Select “Pay Now” to pay the $25.00 fee with a valid credit card.

NOTE: You should receive your duplicate license in the mail in approximately 5-7 business days after your order is complete and your payment is received. If your profession is pending renewal or in a current renewal cycle, you may be asked to renew your license instead of being issued a duplicate license.

How do I change my name?

Name changes require legal documentation showing the name change. Please submit a request including your full name as it appears on your license, profession, license number, your new name, your date of birth, the last four digits of your social security number, and your signature. Attach supporting documents, which must be one of the following:

  1. A copy of a state issued marriage license that includes the original signature and seal from the clerk of the court
  2. A divorce decree restoring your maiden name
  3. A court order showing the name change (adoption, legal name change, federal identity change)

Any one of these will be accepted unless the Department has a question about the authenticity of the document. A social security card is not considered legal documentation. If you wish to receive a new license that reflects the name change, you must request a duplicate license. Mail your request to:

Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Licensure Support Services Attn: License Verifications
P.O. Box 6320
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320

If you need to change your name, and you prefer to renew online, please submit your name change request by mail and allow 5-7 business days processing time before you renew online.

How do I view and update my profile?

You can view, confirm, or make changes to the information that will be published in your practitioner profile by logging in to . In carrying our legislative mandate to publish practitioner profiles, we want to ensure the information that we publish is accurate. Accordingly, we ask that you please review your profile for any changes, corrections, and/or omissions.

If you see the statement “The practitioner did not provide this mandatory information”, please provide that information. We will not accept curriculum vitae or resumes in place of you providing specific information. Changes, excluding education and training, year began practicing, and liability claims, can be made to your profile electronically by following the instructions below. You may also submit changes by mail to:

Department of Health Licensure Support Services
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin C-10
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-3260

Please note that Section 456.042, Florida Statutes, requires practitioners to update profile information within 15 days after a change of an occurrence in each section of your profile. Attention Newly Licensed Practitioners Section 456.041(7), Florida Statutes, requires you to submit changes to the department within thirty (30) days from receipt of notice. If you do not make changes within thirty (30) days, your profile will be automatically published. Once you have completed your review and made any necessary corrections, click on “Confirm Changes”. The Practitioner Confirmation Page will display the information that will be published online, at which time you must “Confirm” the profile again before the changes will be implemented.

Note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

How do I request a declaratory statement?

Any substantially affected person (i.e. a licensee or applicant) may seek a Declaratory Statement. Declaratory statements regarding an opinion of a board, or the department when there is no board, as to the applicability of a statutory provision, or of any rule or order of the board, or department when there is no board, as it applies to the licensees particular set of circumstances, pursuant to Section 120.565, Florida Statutes.

The petition seeking a declaratory statement must state with particularity the licensees set of circumstances and must specify the statutory provision, rule, or order that the licensee believes may apply to the set of circumstances.

How do I report unlicensed activity?

Visit our Enforcement Website to download and complete our Unlicensed Activity Complaint Form. Before completing your complaint form, please be sure to review all instructions provided on the first page.

How do I file a complaint?

  • Visit our Enforcement website and select the appropriate complaint form.
  • Review complaint form instructions on the first page of the complaint form.
  • Fill out all sections of the form and print.
  • Sign complaint form and attach the requested information.
  • Mail complaint form and attachments to:
        Mailing Address:
        Department of Health Consumer Services Unit
      4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-75
      Tallahassee, FL 32399-3260

Phone: 850-488-0796
You may also e-mail us at: MQA.ConsumerServices@flhealth.gov

Note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this e-mail address. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

How do I look up a license?

You may visit our online License Verification page. You may utilize this service to see the status of your providers license and whether there are any disciplinary cases or public complaints against the licensee.

How do I print a confirmation of License?

You can print a confirmation of license through the Practitioner Login feature of MQA Services. The confirmation is available up to 30 days after you submit your online renewal request.

After logging into the system with your User ID and password, select Print Confirmation of License from the navigation bar located on the left.

How do I request document certification?

If you need a written statement on a public record attesting to the record’s genuineness or that it is a true and correct copy, you may fill out the Online Request Form. Be sure to indicate you need a certified copy of the request form. A $25 fee will be charged, in addition to the public record Fees and Charges.

Visit our Public Records page for information on how to request certified documents by mail.

How do I request a License Verification/Certification

Make cashier’s check or money order payable to the Board/Council to be researched, in the amount of $25.00, for each verification requested.

  • Include name and address where verification is to be sent
  • Verification of Licensure order form
  • Non-Licensure Verification order form Mail your request and fee to:

    Division of Medical Quality Assurance
    Licensure Support Services Attn: License Verifications
    P.O. Box 6320
    Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320

Other Important Information:

  • Requests for licensure verification received without the appropriate fee will be returned unprocessed to the sender.
  • The Division of Medical Quality Assurance cannot guarantee your verification will meet the deadlines for other State Boards. The current processing time for licensure verifications is approximately 10 days from receipt. Please check your deadline dates before you submit your verification request.
  • Release forms from the licensees are not required for verifications.

Exemptions: Financial information, medical information, school transcripts, examination questions, answers, papers, grades and grading keys, are confidential and exempt forms pursuant to Section 119.071, Florida Statutes, and will be withheld pursuant to Section 456.057, Florida Statutes. Social Security numbers will also be redacted pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 405(c)(2)(C) (vii)(1).

Apply for an Expert Witness Certification?

For Dentists, Medical Doctors and Osteopathic Physicians – To provide expert testimony concerning the prevailing professional standard of care, you must either be licensed in Florida OR you must possess an expert witness certificate.

To apply for an “Expert Witness Certificate”:

  • Go to our Online Application Login page
  • First time users must create an account by clicking on the “Create an Account button” and following the prompts
  • Once you have created an account, select your profession from the “Board/Council” drop down menu
  • Under the “Profession” drop down menu, select either “Dental Expert Witness Certificate”, “Medical Doctor Expert Witness Certificate” or “Osteopathic Physician Expert Witness Certificate”
  • Enter your email address and password and click “Login”