NO LICENSE IS REQUIRED
IF you fall into the following:
(*) Exemptions based on CHAPTER 493:
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any individual solely, exclusively, and regularly employed as an unarmed investigator or recovery agent in connection with the business of her or his employer, when there exists an employer-employee relationship. 493.6102-3
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any unarmed individual engaged in security services who is employed exclusively to work on the premises of her or his employer, or in connection with the business of her or his employer, when there exists an employer-employee relationship. 493.6102-4
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any person or bureau whose business is exclusively the furnishing of information concerning the business and financial standing and credit responsibility of persons or the financial habits and financial responsibility of applicants for insurance, indemnity bonds, or commercial credit. 493.6102-5
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: An attorney at law in performing his or her duties; 493.6102-6
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: An attorney's assistant (or employed private investigator) in performing his or her duties (for the licensed attorney) 493.6102-3
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any person or firm that solely and exclusively conducts genealogical research, or otherwise traces lineage or ancestry, by primarily utilizing public records and historical information and databases. 493.6102-14
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any bank or bank holding company, credit union, or small loan company operating pursuant to chapters 516 and 520; any consumer credit reporting agency regulated under 15 U.S.C. ss. 1681 et seq.; or any collection agency not engaged in repossessions or to any permanent employee thereof. 493.6102-7
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any person who holds a professional license under the laws of this state when such person is providing services or expert advice in the profession or occupation in which that person is so licensed. 493.6102-8
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any security agency or private investigative agency, and employees thereof, performing contractual security or investigative services solely and exclusively for any agency of the United States. 493.6102-9
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any person duly authorized by the laws of this state to operate a central burglar or fire alarm business. However, such persons are not exempt to the extent they perform services requiring licensure or registration under this chapter. 493.6102-10
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any person or company retained by a food service establishment to independently evaluate the food service establishment including quality of food, service, and facility. However, such persons are not exempt to the extent they investigate or are retained to investigate criminal or suspected criminal behavior on the part of the food service establishment employees. 493.6102-11
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any person who is a school crossing guard employed by a third party hired by a city or county and trained in accordance with s. 316.75. 493.6102-12
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any individual employed as a security officer by a religious institution as defined in s. 199.183(2)(a) to provide security on the institution property, and who does not carry a firearm in the course of her or his duties. 493.6102-13
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any licensed Florida-certified public accountant who is acting within the scope of the practice of public accounting as defined in chapter 473. 493.6102-15
- NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: Any individual who is an "officer" as defined in s. 943.10(14) or is a law enforcement officer of the United States Government, while such local, state, or federal officer is engaged in her or his official duties or when performing off-duty security activities approved by her or his superiors 493.6102-1
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(*) = Clarification/Interpretaion
*NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: This chapter shall not apply to a person or corporation which employs persons who do private (investigations) work in connection with the affairs of such employer only and who have an employer-employee relationship with such employer. Neither such persons or corporations nor their employees shall be required to register or be licensed under this chapter, although such persons or corporations or their employees may elect to be licensed under this chapter. 493.6102-3
*NO LICENSE NEEDED FOR: A peace officer employed on a full-time basis by a federal, state, county, or local law enforcement agency who contracts directly with an employer to work during his or her off-duty hours and whose off-duty employment is conducted on an independent contractor basis with another employer other than a peace officer engaged in the private detective or private security business or a private detective or private security agency. 493.6102-1
(*) = Clarification/Interpretaion
OTHER LEGAL OPINIONS POSTED BY THE STATE:
LEGAL OPINION 95-8
Does an out-of-state private investigative agency, that advertises via computer services such as the Internet and other national computer networks, require licensure under Chapter 493, Florida Statutes?
Out-of-state entities advertising private investigative services on national computer networks are not subject to the Division's purview unless they advertise as performing, or conduct, private investigative activities in Florida.
LEGAL OPINION 95-32
Why does Section 493.6116(3), Florida Statutes, require the 50-mile radius requirement regarding sponsorship of interns?
The legislature's intent in imposing the 50-mile radius requirement is clearly stated:
Internship is intended to serve as a learning process. Sponsors shall assume training status by providing direction and control of interns.
To achieve that expressed intent, the legislature mandated that sponsors "shall only sponsor interns whose place of business is within a 50-mile distance of the sponsor's place of business and shall not allow interns to operate independently of such direction and control."
The language of the statute specifies that sponsors shall only sponsor interns whose place of business is within a 50 mile distance of the sponsor's place of business. By that language, the residence address of the intern in relation to the sponsoring agency is irrelevant. The language only requires that the office from which the intern routinely operates is within a 50 mile radius of the place of business of the sponsor. Additionally, statutory language does not prohibit the performance of regulated activities by interns outside the 50 mile radius so long as the regular place of business is within 50 miles. Interns may conduct regulated activities anywhere in state if the regular place of business makes them accessible for instruction, direction and control by the sponsor.
The statute requires that the office from which the intern in fact and routinely operates is within a 50 mile radius of the sponsor's place of business. In order to acquire the training requisite to obtaining the "C" or "E" license, the intern must in fact and on a routine basis be physically under the direction and control of his sponsor. "Physically" contemplates in-person contact on a routine basis, with the sponsor and is not accomplished by contact solely by telephone, fax, or computer. Additionally, the statute does not prohibit the occasional performance of regulated activities by interns outside the 50 mile radius if the intern is in fact and routinely operating from an office within a 50 mile radius of his sponsor.
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