DBPR: IN WAKE OF TROPICAL STORM ISAAC, HIRE LICENSED PROFESSIONALS FOR REPAIRS ~ Use social media to report unlicensed activity ~
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As clean-up after Tropical Storm Isaac in South Florida begins and the northwestern part of the state continues to endure significant rainfall and flooding, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today urged consumers to hire licensed professionals for repairs and recovery. Consumers are also encouraged to post or tweet pictures to the Department’s social media channels if they suspect someone is performing unlicensed activity, enabling inspectors to gather information from areas that may have limited accessibility. Flooding has been reported in more than six counties and tornado activity has been reported in the southern region of the state.
“Residents all across the state will be impacted by this storm,” said Secretary Ken Lawson. “It is important that Floridians protect themselves from post-storm scams and unlicensed activity by checking licenses.”
During a declared state of emergency, unlicensed activity typically increases as scam artists prey on desperate situations. Unlicensed activity during a declared state of emergency is a felony offense and may be punishable by fines or even prison if convicted.
The following tips may help consumers better identify unlicensed activity:
* Always ask to see the state of Florida license. * Note the license number and verify that the license is current and in good standing. To check a license, call 850-487-1395, visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com
Floridians can also notify the Department of Business and Professional Regulation of any suspected unlicensed activity by calling 1-866-532-1440, emailing ULA@dbpr.state.fl.us
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com
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More information about DBPR is available online at www.myfloridalicense.com