Florida Department of Health
Division of Medical Quality Assurance
Bureau of Enforcement

Unlicensed Activity & Fraud

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions is provided below. Please contact us via email at haltULA@flhealth.gov with any other questions.

A healthcare provider is required to include their license number on any advertisement for services You can also verify a license here to search for a licensee or you can call us and inquire.

Yes, it is a criminal offense to practice without a license per F.S. 456.065.

Individuals suspected of engaging in unlicensed activity are entitled to seek their own counsel in Department of Health Unlicensed Activity cases.

Unlicensed practice of a health care profession or the performance or delivery of medical or health care services to patients in this state without a valid, active license to practice that profession, regardless of the means of the performance or delivery of such services.

You can report unlicensed activity by calling 1-877-HALT-ULA (877-425-8858), by email HALTULA@FLHEALTH.GOV or online at www.flhealthcomplaint.gov.

Section 381.0261, Florida Statutes, addresses the Patient's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. The purpose of this section is to promote the interests and well-being of patients and to promote better communication between the patient and the health care provider. Florida law requires that your health care provider or health care facility recognize your rights while you are receiving medical care and that you respect the health care provider's or health care facility's right to expect certain behavior on the part of patients. You may request a copy of the full text of this law from your health care provider or health care facility.

For more information please review the AMA Principles of Medical Ethics.

 

For more information please review the AMA Principles of Medical Ethics.

Fines and costs are due within 30 calendar days from the date of service of the citation. To ensure proper credit for payment please attach a copy of the citation with payment and send to:

Florida Department of Health, Compliance Management Unit
PO Box 6320
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6320

You may seek review of a citation by filing an appropriate petition with the Agency Clerk. The petition must be filed in conformance with Florida Administrative Code Rules 28-106.201 or 28-106.301, as applicable. Mediation is not available. The petition must be received by the Department within 30 calendar days of the date of service of the citation. The petition may be sent by mail, hand delivery or facsimile.

By mail:
Agency Clerk, Florida Department of Health
4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin #A-02
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1703

By hand delivery:
Agency Clerk, Florida Department of Health
2585 Merchants Row Blvd., Prather Building, Suite 110
Tallahassee, FL

By facsimile: (850) 413-8743

Failure to file a dispute within 30 calendar days of service shall constitute a waiver of hearing, and the citation shall automatically become a Final Order of the Department. Failure to comply with the Final Order may result in further legal action by the Department, as well as additional fines and costs. In accordance with Section 456.065(2), Florida Statutes.

You can find an application for licensure and renewal requirements here: http://flhealthsource.gov/requirements.

Always verify the healthcare facility and healthcare provider licenses; Healthcare facilities can appear to be legitimate, and employ a licensed doctor, but those who provide healthcare services may not be licensed to do so. For example: operating radiographic equipment, Botox, laser treatments, dispensing medications.