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Crystal Ignatowski By Crystal Ignatowski • April 10, 2017

How To Become A Florida Seller Of Travel: 4 Easy Steps

how to become a florida seller of travel

 

A seller of travel is any person, firm, corporation, or business who offers for sale prearranged travel, tourist-related services, or tour-guide services for other people through vacation or tour packages.

Any seller of travel that has a business location in Florida or that offers to sell travel-related services in Florida is required to register for a Florida Seller of Travel License.

 

Follow these steps to register for a Florida Seller of Travel License with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

 

How to get a Florida Seller of Travel License

 

Step #1: Complete a Florida Seller of Travel Application

View checklist and instructions for completing you application.

 

Step #2: Purchase a Florida Seller of Travel Surety Bond

A Seller of Travel Bond is a type of surety bond that protects the clients you serve.

The bond guarantees that any travel funds or bookings you collect will be properly transferred to the appropriate individuals. If you fail to complete your job duties, someone can make a claim against your bond.

 

The amount of your Florida Seller of Travel Bond will vary depending on the kind of services you offer.


  • Generally, applicants must submit a $25,000 FL Seller of Travel Bond, but if applicants are new in business or have limited resources, they can apply for a 10k, 15k, or 20k bond. 
  • Sellers of travel that do not offer vacation certificates must submit a bond in an amount between $10,000 and $25,000.
  • Sellers of travel that offer vacation certificates must submit a $50,000 bond.

You can learn more about the bond amount requirements on Page 4 of the application instructions.

The price you pay for your bond will be anywhere between 1-15% of the total bond amount.

The best way to see what you would pay for your bond is to get a free quote online:

 

Get FREE Florida Seller of Travel Bond Quotes

 

Step #3: Pay Application Fee

  • If you are not offering vacation certificates, the application fee is $300.

  • If you are offering vacation certificates, the application fee is $300 plus a $100 document submission fee.

 

Step #4: Submit Application, Florida Seller of Travel Bond, and Fee

All applications must be sent to:

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Sellers of Travel Program
PO Box 6700
Tallahassee, FL 32399-6700

For questions, you can reach out to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at 1-800-435-7352.

 

Common Questions About Getting Licensed

 

For a full list of frequently asked questions, view the Florida Seller of Travel Frequently Asked Questions page.

 

Q: What do I need to submit to the State of Florida to get my license?

A: If you are not offering vacation certificates, the only items you need to submit to the Department are:

  • Completed Florida Seller of Travel Application
  • Florida Seller of Travel Surety Bond
  • $300 application fee

If you are offering vacation certificates, the items you need to submit are:

  • Completed Florida Seller of Travel Application
  • Florida Seller of Travel Surety Bond
  • $300 application fee
  • $100 document submission fee
  • Vacation Certificate Documentation
     

 

Q: How long is my Florida Seller of Travel License valid for?

A: All Florida Seller of Travel registrations are valid for one year, beginning the day the certificate is issued.

 

Q: Where can I get a Florida Seller of Travel Bond?

A: A surety bond company that is licensed to issue bonds for Florida.

 

Q: How much will my Florida Seller of Travel Bond cost?

A: The price you pay for your bond will depend on (a) the total amount of bond that you need and (b) your personal financial strength and credit score. 

Normally, applicants with strong credit can be approved for a Florida Seller of Travel Bond at a 1-3% rate. Those with less-than-perfect credit could have to pay up to 15% of the total bond amount.

 

To find out what a Florida Seller of Travel Bond would cost you use the Bond Cost Calculator. Generate free, no-obligation quotes for your Florida Seller of Travel Bond today:

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4 Easy Steps To Get a Seller of Travel License