Certified Designated Representative

All prescription drug wholesale distributor and out-of-state prescription drug wholesale distributor permittees and applicants must designate in writing at least one natural person to serve as the designated representative for a given establishment.  Such person must have an active certification from the department (a “certified designated representative” or “CDR”).



Application: Individuals applying for this certification must complete the Department’s application.  Mail or deliver the application and all required attachments to:


Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Division of Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL  32399-1047


Certification Criteria:  All CDR’s and CDR applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have not less than 2 years of verifiable full-time work experience in a pharmacy licensed in this state or another state, where the person’s responsibilities included, but were not limited to, recordkeeping for prescription drugs, or have not less than 2 years of verifiable full-time managerial experience with a prescription drug wholesale distributor licensed in this state or in another state.
  • Provide a personal information statement, including a set of fingerprints for a criminal background check, to the department as part of the application process.  Refer to Form DBPR-DDC-226, “Personal Information Statement” effective January 2018.
  • Receive a passing score of at least 75 percent on an examination given by the department regarding federal laws governing distribution of prescription drugs and this part and the rules adopted by the department governing the wholesale distribution of prescription drugs (the “CDR examination”).
  • An application is not complete until the applicant has received a passing score on the CDR examination.  The applicant will be notified by regular mail at the applicant’s home mailing address of the applicant’s eligibility to schedule the laws and rules examination.
  • If the applicant has not passed the CDR examination within eighteen (18) months of the eligibility notification, the department may deny the application.

Operational Requirements: All CDR’s and CDR applicants must:

  • Be employed in a managerial position by the wholesale distributor, and actively involved in and aware of actual daily operations.
  • Be physically present at the establishment during normal business hours, except for time periods when absent due to illness, family illness or death, scheduled vacation, or other authorized absence.
  • May serve as a designated representative for only one wholesale distributor at any one time.


Please see sections 499.012(9) and (15), Florida Statutes and Rule 61N-1.015(9), Florida Administrative Code, for more information regarding the Certified Designated Representative licensing requirements.


  • A printable law booklet is available for download that includes current versions of Chapter 499, Florida Statutes, Chapter 61N-1, Florida Administrative Code, Code of Federal Regulation, Title 21, and United States Code, Title 21. These references are available to assist candidates in preparing for the Certified Designated Representative examination. Click this link to view and download the printable law booklet.

Examination Information

Please note: If contacting Pearson Vue to schedule your CDR examination do not call your testing location. Please contact their customer service number at 1-888-204-6230 for scheduling your examination.

Starting August 4, 2020, online proctored testing will be available for the Certified Designated Representative exam. Candidates will be required to schedule the exam in advance since it is a proctored exam.  However, convenient appointments are available throughout the day.  Candidates will need a functioning home computer or laptop with a webcam with microphone and strong internet connection. You may visit Florida DBPR online proctoring page for more information. 

Fee: The application and permitting fee is $150. Make checks payable to DBPR.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing these forms, please call the Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Program at (850) 717-1800.

A CDR application must include a Personal Information Statement. The Personal Information Statement is located at the end of the application. You may also download these page here: Certified Designated Representative Application pages 9-23 (Personal Information Statement)

NOTICE: The Division of Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics has initiated rulemaking to change language in Rule 61N-1.015 F.A.C. to remove references to fingerprint cards and replace with language requiring Livescan vendor submissions. 

All submissions must be submitted by a livescan vendor by providing the Division’s ORI number to the livescan vendor. The Division’s ORI number is: FL 924780Z. You can find a list of approved livescan providers by clicking here

You may still submit your hard card fingerprints with the Division’s ORI number to FLDBPR, Florida Fingerprint Program, Print Inc. 100 Salem Court, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. Please do not mail payment to this office. Payment must be made in advance by registering at https://pearson.ibtfingerprint.com

Form Assistance

If you have any questions or need assistance completing these forms, please call the Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Program at (850) 717-1800.

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 Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics
2601 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1047

Telephone: 850.717.1800