Who needs to register as a Florida Seller of Travel Agent?
The State of Florida requires anyone, including resident and nonresident businesses and individuals, who offers travel-related services, directly or indirectly, to register as a Florida Seller of Travel. More simply, if you are an individual or company selling travel related services in Florida, regardless of the location of your business, you must register as a Florida Seller of Travel. For example: If your business location is in Virginia and you’re selling vacations to Walt Disney World, you must register with the state. Please call the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-HELP-FLA should you need further clarification.
Other states which require travel agency bonds
Click on one of the following to learn more about how to get licensed and bonded with ARC or another state.
Is Florida the only state which requires a travel agent to register?
No, many states require travel agents to register with them prior to selling travel in their states. Many states such as California, Iowa, and Washington also require travel agent surety bonds to protect the consumer. Learn more about Travel Agency Bonds.
Florida Seller of Travel Agent Security Requirements
The State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services requires a security in the form of a Florida Seller of Travel Bond. The amount of the surety bond will vary depending on the amount of revenue your company generated in the previous year or the type of travel being sold. The Florida Seller of Travel Bond amount ranges from $10,000 to $25,000 and the amount is automatically set at $50,000 if your travel agency is selling vacation certificates. A vacation certificate is defined by the Florida Office of the Attorney General as, “an arrangement whereby you pay in advance for the use of travel accommodations or facilities at some later date, and no specific dates for traveling or use of the accommodations or facilities are designated.” You may apply for the Florida Seller of Travel Bond by completing our online surety bond application. Please note that you do not need to apply to the state prior to obtaining a surety bond quote. In fact, the state will deny your application if you fail to provide the original surety bond required for approval.
Complete the Florida Seller of Travel Agent Application
The Florida Seller of Travel Application can be found on the state website or clicking on the following link: Florida Seller of Travel Application. The application is somewhat short and requires information about the business, its owners, and its operations. All applications must then be sent to:
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Sellers of Travel Program
PO Box 6700
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6700
What fees are associated with the Florida Seller of Travel application?
- Not offering vacation certificates – $300 non-refundable application fee* must be delivered to the State of Florida
- Offering vacation certificates – $300 non-refundable application fee* plus $100 document submission fee* must be delivered directly to the State of Florida
*Please note these fees are charged by the state and not by DBL Surety.
What else do I need to submit to the State of Florida to obtain my Seller of Travel License?
- Not offering vacation certificates
- $300 non-refundable application fee;
- Florida Seller of Travel Surety Bond not to exceed $25,000; and
- Completed state application.
- Offering vacation certificates
DBL Surety offers the Florida Seller of Travel Surety Bond only and does not complete the application or offer other related licensing services. The State of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer services may require additional documentation in some instances. All registration related questions other than information related to the required surety bond should be directed the state.