Athlete Agents - FAQs

Is there an Athlete Agents’ Board?

The athlete agent’s profession does not have a formal board or council. All approval of applicants, businesses, and training providers is done by the athlete agents unit, within the department.

What are the functions of the department’s athlete agents unit?

The function of the athlete agents unit is to license and regulate athlete agents in the State of Florida.

What are the statutes and rules that govern athlete agents?

Chapter 468, Part IX of the Florida Statutes and Rule 61-24 of the Florida Administrative Code.

Where can I obtain the laws and rules of the Board?

The laws and rules may be obtained on the Board’s website, Statutes and Rules.

If you need further assistance, you may call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395.

Who needs a Florida athlete agents license?

Anyone who, directly or indirectly, recruits or solicits a student athlete to enter into an agent contract, or for any type of financial gain, needs to obtain an athlete agent’s license. Anyone who procures, offers, promises, or attempts to obtain employment, promotional fees or benefits for a student athlete with a professional sports team or with any promoter who markets or attempts to market the student athlete’s athletic ability or athletic reputation, needs to obtain an athlete agent’s license.

What is the definition of a student athlete?

A student athlete is any student who:
• Resides in Florida and participates or plans to participate in a school’s intercollegiate athletics; or
• Does not reside in Florida, but plans to participate or participates in a Florida school’s intercollegiate athletics.

What are the requirements for licensure as an athlete agent?

Any person may be considered for licensure provided that the applicant:

  • Is at least 18 years of age;
  • Is of good moral character;
  • Has completed the application form and remitted the appropriate fees; and
  • Has submitted electronic fingerprints for the purpose of a criminal records check by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Does a criminal history preclude me from being licensed as an athlete agent?

All applications are reviewed on an individual basis. As the criminal records check will reveal any history, it is strongly suggested that you disclose all criminal history on your application. If your application is denied, you will then have recourse for appealing the department’s denial of your application. An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process. To learn more about fingerprinting, please visit our Fingerprinting webpage.

Are there any exemptions for an unlicensed individual acting as an athlete agent?

An unlicensed individual may act as an athlete agent if a student athlete or person acting on the athlete’s behalf initiates communication with the individual; and within seven days after the initial act as an athlete agent, the individual submits an application to the department for licensure.

Is there an examination and a $15,000 surety bond requirement?

As of July 1, 2002, the examination and $15,000 surety bond requirements for licensure as an athlete agent became obsolete.

Can you mail an athlete agent’s application to me?

Yes, you may request an application by calling the department’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395. The application and various other forms relating to athlete agent licensure are available online on the main page, Apply For A License.

I am applying for licensure in another state. How do I obtain my licensure certification from Florida?

You can verify your license to another state by using DBPR’s Online Services. Create an online account or logon to your existing account at Select “Request License Certification” from the License Menu. Complete the online application and pay the $25 fee by credit card or electronic check. A copy of your license record will be created and mailed by U.S. mail directly to the address you provide during the transaction. Please allow 10 business days for the other state to receive the document. You will also receive an email copy of the certification for your records.
If you need to send certification of your license to multiple states you will repeat the instructions above and pay the required $25 application fee for each request.

Can I change my address online?

Yes. Visit our website at > Online Services. You can also change your telephone number and email address here.

Your website provides for "main", "mailing", and "location" addresses. What are the differences?

Three types of addresses have been established to support your needs: main, license mailing, and license location.
Main Address – This address is the primary address on file.
License Mailing Address – This is the address where the mail associated with a particular license will be sent (if different from the main or license location addresses).
License Location Address – This is the address where the place of business is physically located. An example of the use of different addresses: If Jane Doe is a contractor that works for ACME Builders, she may have 3 different addresses listed in her profile. Her main address would be the address of ACME Builders’ corporate headquarters. Her license mailing may be her home so she doesn’t have to visit the office to pick up her mail. Finally, her License Location would be the address of the ACME Builders’ local office where she works. If Jane Doe worked independently, she might have only one address on file (Main Address) as her office is the same place she wishes to receive her mail.

Can I change all license addresses online?

The main address and license mailing address can be changed online for all license types. License location addresses can also be changed online, except for Barbershops, Cosmetology Salons, Veterinary Establishments, and Talent Agencies. The location for these license types is tied to the license, so a location change will require submission of a new application.

How can I change my address if I do not have a computer?

You may submit the change in writing or by fax to:
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Central Intake Unit – License Maintenance
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

Fax: 850.488.8040

Can I receive a temporary license while my application is being processed?

Yes. The department may issue you a temporary athlete agent license while your application for licensure is pending.

How do I apply for a temporary license?

You must submit your request in writing to the department. Please include your name, address, and social security number. The request should be addressed to: Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Athlete Agents
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0783

How long is the temporary license valid?

Temporary licenses are valid for 60 days.

Can the length of time for a temporary license be extended?

No. Temporary licenses cannot be extended.

If I am denied licensure and have been granted a temporary license, is the temporary license still valid?

If the department issues a notice of intent to deny your license application, your temporary license expires and may not be extended during any proceedings or administrative or judicial review.

How can I obtain assistance on completing my application?

If you have any questions or need assistance completing your application, please contact the department’s Customer Contract Center at 850.487.1395.

Where do I mail my application?

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Central Intake Unit
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0783

What are the required Athlete Agents fees?

The applicable fees for athlete agent licensure are:

  • Application fee – $250
  • Licensure fee – $375
  • Unlicensed activity fee – $5
  • Criminal history records check fee – varies by vendor
How often do I renew my athlete agent license?

All athlete agent licenses are to be renewed May 31st of each even-numbered year.

Will I receive a reminder or form in the mail to renew?

DBPR will send you a notification that the renewal period is open, at which time you can renew your license(s). This will be 90-120 days before the expiration. All notices will be provided via email. We encourage you to keep your information up-to-date and renew online. DBPR online services offer a quick and easy way to renew your license, find license requirements, apply for a license and update a license.

How much are renewal fees?

The renewal fee is $225 (Active Renewal $220 and Unlicensed Activity Fee $5).

How can I change my license status during a renewal?

Please submit Form AA 4103. There is no fee to change your status during a renewal period.

What are the continuing education requirements for renewal of an athlete agent license?

There are no continuing education requirements for an athlete agent license.

I have a complaint about an athlete agent. Whom do I contact?

Contact the department’s Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or file a complaint online at > File a Complaint.

I have a complaint about an unlicensed athlete agent. Whom do I contact?

Contact the department’s toll-free unlicensed activity complaint line at 1.866.532.1440 or file a complaint online at > File a Complaint.

Who is responsible for adopting rules and regulations for intercollegiate athletes to receive compensation for the athlete’s name, image and likeness?

The Board of Governors and the Florida Department of Education are responsible for adopting the rules and regulations pertaining to colleges and universities and how they affect intercollegiate athlete’s rights and ability to earn compensation for their name, image and likeness.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association regulates student athletes.

Can an attorney enter into a contract with an intercollegiate athlete that allows the athlete to earn compensation for the use of their names, images or likeness?

Yes, however, the attorney must be in good standing with the Florida Bar Association

Will the student athlete lose their eligibility if they enter into a contract for the use of their name, image or likeness?

No, if the student athlete contracts for the use of their name, image or likeness to earn compensation, the student will not lose their eligibility, scholarship or amateur standing.

Can an athlete agent make initial contact with the student athlete for representation of the use of their name, image or likeness without prior notice to the university?

No, an athlete agent must give prior notice to the university athletic director in accordance with section 468.456(2)(b), Florida Statutes.

Can an athlete agent represent a student athlete for the use of their name, image or likeness and also represent the athlete for their athletic ability?

Yes. However, a separate contract must be created for representation of their athletic ability.

Once an athlete agent contracts with a student athlete for athletic ability, the student may lose their eligibility to participate in the intercollegiate sport.

Need Help?

All requests for publications, documents, forms, applications for licenses, permits and other similar certifications can be obtained by contacting the Customer Contact Center.

Division of Professions
Athlete Agents
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399

Telephone: 850.487.1395
Facsimile: 850.487.804