IS THE DPBR GOING IN CIRCLES?
Published February 21, 2018
Is the DPBR going in circles? Well, I’m not sure
if they are or aren’t, but I am certain they have me and many others
feeling that way. Over the last few months, in an attempt to obtain
additional licenses for the state of Florida, a process which should
have taken a couple of weeks, is now approaching 3 months! If you go
to the DPBR website it tells you to get electronic fingerprints,
refers you to companies that do electronic fingerprints, but they
don’t tell you that you must be a Florida resident to use this
service. It took four phone calls to finally figure out that if you
live out of state, you need to send your fingerprints, on a
fingerprint card that they provide and mail to you! Once your
fingerprints are done, where do you send them? Again, there is only
one address on the instructions, but guess what? It’s not THE
address for processing fingerprints!
After waiting several weeks and several more
phone calls, the DPBR informed us that the fingerprints were in fact
received, but were sent back because they reached the wrong
location. When told they had been returned 2 weeks prior, we
questioned where they were returned as we had not received them. We
found out they were sent back to an incorrect address! So now my
fingerprints are out there somewhere! Luckily, I tracked them down,
resent them to the correct location and was approved to take the
Following the DPBR’s instruction, I located the
testing company and scheduled what I believed to be my final exam!
Nope! That would be too simple! I paid and took the “practice test”,
assuming once completed, I would move on to the final test. Nope!
After completing the practice test which cost $79, and apparently is
required, (Shouldn’t I decide if I need a practice test?) I couldn’t
find any additional information on scheduling my final test! Four
more calls to the DPBR and 1.5 hours on hold, I was finally able to
schedule and pass my final exam! Yay! I’m almost there! HA, nope! I
contact the DPBR to activate my license and they ask me what type?
Sole Proprietor, Corporation/Real Estate or Broker/Sales? When
questioned about the difference, I’m told, “not sure”, call the
Florida Realtors legal hotline number. While calling the legal
hotline number I’m informed you have to be a member of the Florida
Realtors Association in order to ask questions and guess what…your
license has to be activated in order to be a member!
SO MANY PEOPLE, SO LITTLE HELP!
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