Topic 2.3: General Licensure Provisions

Learning Objectives

After successfully completing this topic, you will be able to
• state which criminal history disclosures the applicant must make, and
• describe the intent of the affirmation in the application for licensure.

Application 

Applicants should complete the state application and fingerprints at least three weeks before finishing this course. By doing that, the material will be fresh when taking your state exam. 

Required Disclosures

The applicant must disclose
• if convicted of a crime or ever entered a plea of nolo contendere,
• if ever declared mentally incompetent,
• aliases,
• if denied, or had a license suspended or revoked in another state,
• denied license or registration to practice a regulated profession, and
• whether found guilty of any conduct or practice that would have been grounds for suspension or revocation under F.S. 475

The applicant must sign the Affirmation

I certify that I am empowered to execute this application as required by Section 559.79, Florida Statutes. I understand that my signature on this written declaration has the same legal effect as an oath or affirmation. Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing application and the facts stated in it are true. I understand that falsification of any material information on this application may result in criminal penalty or administrative action, including a fine, suspension or revocation of the license.

Criminal History Expunged? It is possible for criminal history to be expunged in Florida, especially those crimes committed by juveniles. Expungement is a separate legal process and is not automatic. Before affirming that you have no criminal history because you believe it was expunged from the public records, you should confirm with your attorney that the criminal record no longer exists.  

The DBPR has 30 days to check the application for completeness. If there are any errors and/or omissions, the Department will return the application, which will delay the process. After receiving a complete application, the DBPR has 90 days to review the information and to approve or deny the application. If more than 90 days elapses, the application is considered approved by the Department. An application expires two years after the DBPR received it.