Florida State Resource Center
Florida Statewide Offices
- Attorney General
The Attorney General is the statewide elected official directed by the Florida Constitution to serve as the chief legal officer for the State of Florida. The Attorney General is responsible for protecting Florida consumers from various types of fraud and enforcing the state’s antitrust laws. Additionally, the Attorney General protects his constituents in cases of Medicaid fraud, defends the state in civil litigation cases and represents the people of Florida when criminals appeal their convictions in state and federal courts.
The Governor of Florida is the head of the executive branch of Florida's government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Florida legislature, to convene the legislature, and to grant pardons, except in cases of impeachment.
- Lt. Governor
The Lt. Governor is the second-ranking member of the executive branch of the Florida's government, succeeds to the officer of governor if the office becomes vacant, and may also serve as acting governor if the governor is incapacitated or absent from the state.
- Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is Florida’s Chief of Elections, Chief Cultural Officer and the head of the Department of State. The Department consists of Office of the Secretary and the Divisions of Administrative Services, Corporations, Cultural Affairs, Elections, Historical Resources, and Library and Information Services.
- State of Florida
The state of Florida is located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the north. It is nicknamed the "Sunshine State".
- Treasurer and Insurance Commissioner
CFO Alex Sink welcomes you to the home page of the Department of Financial Services Web site. Newly designed, this website reveals all of the information and services we have to offer, online.
Florida Legislative Branch
- Auditor General
In Florida, the Auditor General is a constitutional officer appointed by the Joint Legislative Auditing Committee. The Auditor General conducts financial audits of the accounts and records of State agencies, State universities, district school boards, community colleges, and, as directed by the Legislative Auditing Committee, of local governments; conducts operational and performance audits of public records and information technology system; and various other auditing duties.
- Florida Legislature
The Florida Legislature is the state legislature of the U.S. state of Florida. The Florida Constitution mandates a bicameral state legislature with an upper house Florida Senate of 40 members and a lower Florida House of Representatives of 120 members. Due to term limits, House members may be elected for up to four terms (eight years), while State Senators can be elected for up to two terms (eight years). Former members can be elected again after a two year break.
- Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability
OPPAGA is the research arm of the Florida Legislature. OPPAGA evaluates state agencies and programs and analyzes related public policies to make government better, faster, and less expensive.
- The Florida Legislature Government Program Summaries (GPS)
GPS, formerly FGAR (Florida Government Accountability Report), is the monitoring service of Florida's state government. It is an electronic encyclopedia that provides descriptive information on over 200 major state programs. It is available online, on a CD and in print.
Florida Court Rules and Forms
- Florida 6th Judicial Circuit Guardianship Forms
Guardianship information and forms.
- Florida Bar Rules of Procedure
Provides information and links to Florida Rules of Court Procedure: Appellate Procedure, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Family Law Rules of Procedure, Judicial Administration, Juvenile Procedure, Probate Rules, Small Claims Rules and Traffic Court. Also provides links to Rules of Court Procedure Opinions.
- Florida Code of Judicial Conduct
Code of Judicial Conduct for the state of Florida. Provides links to the entire code and/or individual canons.
- Florida Court Opinions, Rules
Provides information and links to Supreme Court Opinions, Rules and Other Court Documents. Also provides links to Opinions of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th Distict Courts of Appeals and the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee.
- Florida Family Law Forms
Florida State Courts Self-Help Section. Provides information and links to Family Forms.
- Florida Family Law Rules and Opinions
Florida State Courts Self-Help Section. Provides information and links to Family Rules and Opinions.
Florida Judicial Branch
- Florida Court System
The Florida Court System consists of the Supreme Court, District Courts, Circuit Courts, County Courts and Court Administration. The mission of the judicial branch is to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes.
Florida Executive Branch
- Agency for Health Care Administration
Agency for Health Care Administration's mission is Better Health Care for All Floridians, and together they are responsible for the administration of the Medicaid program, for the licensure and regulation of health facilities and for providing information to Floridians about the quality of the health care they receive in Florida.
- Agency for Workforce Innovation
The Agency for Workforce Innovation is Florida’s lead state workforce agency and directly administers the state's Labor Market Statistics program, Unemployment Compensation, Early Learning and various workforce development programs.
- Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
The mission of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is to safeguard the public and support Florida's agricultural economy by: ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food and other consumer products through inspection and testing programs; protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive business practices and providing consumer information; assisting Florida's farmers and agricultural industries with the production and promotion of agricultural products; and conserving and protecting the state's agricultural and natural resources by reducing wildfires, promoting environmentally safe agricultural practices, and managing public lands.
- Department of Business and Professional Regulation
The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) is a $1.5 billion agency regulating one million professionals and businesses across some 200 licensee categories. The department licenses 1 in 16 Floridians, ranging from electricians to real estate agents, from cosmetologists to professional boxers. Other department-regulated areas include hotels, restaurants, alcohol and tobacco retailers, condominiums and mobile home parks. Their mission is to ensure that professions and businesses provide quality services for the health, safety and welfare of citizens and visitors in the great state of Florida.
- Department of Children and Families
The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state agency responsible for administering eligibility determinations for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Medicaid, and the State Children's Health Insurance Program. DCF is responsible for Florida children in foster care, and finds permanent homes for children who cannot safety be reunited with their families. It also provides access to substance abuse and mental health treatment and works with community partners who provide services to families threatened by homelessness and domestic violence.
- Department of Citrus
The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) is an executive agency of Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its mission is to help grow the demand for Florida citrus products, providing a direct benefit to the citrus growers.
- Department of Community Affairs
The mission of the Florida Department of Community Affairs is to help meet the needs of Floridians by investing in communities and working with them to plan and manage growth.
- Department of Corrections
Florida Department of Corrections is responsible for the custody of inmates in state prisons and the supervision of offenders sentenced to probation or parole in the community. Online database for escapes, absconders, fugitives, recent releases, offenders currently in prison and those currently being supervised in the community. Review latest statistics on recidivism rates, time served, sentence received, violent career criminals, death row populations and more. Discover answers to: Do inmates work? Difference between jail and prison? Cost of incarceration? Prison overcrowding? Youthful offenders? Healthcare for Florida inmates? Do inmates receive academic or vocational education? Are substance abuse programs available?
- Department of Education
The Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) is the state education agency of Florida. It governs public education and manages funding and testing for local educational agencies (school boards).
- Department of Elder Affairs
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs has been constitutionally designated by Florida voters to "serve as the primary state agency" responsible for administering human services programs for the elderly. The Department’s purpose is to serve elders in all possible ways to help them keep their self-sufficiency and self-determination.
- Department of Environmental Protection
The Department of Environmental Protection is the lead agency in state government for environmental management and stewardship and is one of the more diverse agencies in state government, protecting our air, water, and land. The Department is divided into three primary areas: Regulatory Programs, Land and Recreation and Planning and Management
- Department of Environmental Protection: Florida State Parks
The Florida Park Service is one of the largest in the country with 161 parks spanning 700,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy white beach. From swimming and diving in Florida’s rivers and springs to birding and fishing or hiking and riding on natural scenic trails, Florida’s state parks offer year-round outdoor activities for all ages.
- Department of Financial Services
CFO Alex Sink welcomes you to the home page of the Department of Financial Services Web site. Newly designed, this website reveals all of the information and services we have to offer, online.
- Department of Health
The role of public health is to promote and protect the health and safety of all Floridians. Florida's public health and related agencies take on three main roles: Health Protection; Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; and Health Treatment.
- Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
DHSMV licenses drivers; registers and titles automobiles, mobile homes and boats; and assists motorists on the highways. There are three divisions in the department: Division of Motor Vehicles; Division of Driver Licenses; and Florida Highway Patrol.
- Department of Juvenile Justice
The mission of the Department of Juvenile Justice is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth.
- Department of Law Enforcement
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is composed of five programs: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism, and the Florida Capitol Police. In addition, the Department formally coordinates eight boards, councils, and commissions.
- Department of Management Services
The Department of Management Services pledges to provide Floridians with world-class services and support in the areas of human resource management, retirement benefits, health benefits, real-estate management, specialized services, state purchasing and technology. Successfully delivering quality products and services allows all levels of government to better serve the citizens of Florida.
- Department of Military Affairs
The Florida Department of Military Affairs provides management oversight of the Florida National Guard, and provides units and personnel ready to support national security objectives; to protect the public safety of citizens; and to contribute to national, state and community programs that add value to the United States of America and to the State of Florida.
- Department of Revenue
The Department of Revenue provides the following services: Child Support Enforcement - help parents provide the financial support their children need and deserve; General Tax Administration - collect state taxes fairly and efficiently, and make complying with Florida’s tax laws as simple and convenient as possible; and Property Tax Oversight - oversee Florida’s property tax system to ensure accuracy and fairness in property valuation throughout the state.
- Department of State
The Florida Department of State serves artists, archivists, preservationists, librarians, corporate officers, voters and many more. The Department consists of Office of the Secretary and the Divisions of Administrative Services, Corporations, Cultural Affairs, Elections, Historical Resources, and Library and Information Services.
- Department of Transportation
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is decentralized in accordance with legislative mandates. Each of the districts is managed by a District Secretary. The districts vary in organizational structure, but in general each has major divisions for Administration, Planning, Production and Operations. Also, each district has a Public Information Office and General Counsel Office that report to the District Secretary.
- Department of Veterans' Affairs
The mission of the Department of Veterans' Affairs is Veterans' Advocacy. The Department helps Florida veterans, their families and survivors to improve their health and economic well-being through quality benefits information, advocacy, education and long term health services.
- Division of Emergency Management
The Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM) is charged with maintaining a comprehensive statewide program of emergency management. The division ensures that Florida is prepared to respond to emergencies, recover from them, and mitigate against their impacts. DEM is responsible for the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) which is composed of various intergovernmental entities, volunteers, and the private sector.
- Division of Library and Information Services
The Division of Library and Information Services is the designated information resource provider for the Florida Legislature and all state agencies. It also coordinates and helps to fund activities of public libraries, provides a framework for statewide library initiatives, provides archival and records management services, and preserves, collects, and makes available the published and unpublished documentary history of the state.
- Division of Marketing and Development
Division of Marketing and Development promotes FRESH FROM FLORIDA products. It helps Florida agribusinesses more effectively market their product. These marketing tools include trade leads, commodity prices, export assistance, agricultural statistics, weather reports, license and bond requirements, agricultural classified ads, and information about the Florida Agricultural Promotional Campaign. The Division is part of Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
- Enterprise Florida (Department of Commerce)
Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership serving as Florida’s primary organization devoted to statewide economic development. EFI's mission is to diversify Florida's economy and create better-paying jobs for its citizens by supporting, attracting and helping to create businesses in innovative, high-growth industries.
- Florida Highway Patrol
Members of the Florida Highway Patrol are designated law enforcement officers and conservators of the peace, whose jurisdiction extends throughout the State of Florida. Some of the Department's duties include patroling state highways and regulating, controlling and directing movement of traffic, maintaining public order, apprehending fugitives and effecting arrests for violations of the law that takes place in the presence of law enforcement officers.
- Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Florida Housing increases affordable housing opportunities and ensures that its programs are well matched to the needs of those they serve. The Department works with local governments, non-profits, elected officials and others to help spread the importance of affordable housing in Florida’s communities.
- Florida Lottery
In 1986, Florida voters authorized a lottery through a constitutional amendment, enacted by a two-to-one margin that would use its proceeds to enhance public education in Florida. As the Florida Lottery has grown into an industry leader, it remains a dependable contributor to education in Florida. The website provides information about the games, how to become a retailer and how the Florida Lottery maximizes its funds to contribute to education.
- Forest Protection Bureau
The mission of the Forest Protection Bureau is to provide a level of fire management that reduces threats to life and property, forests, and other related at-risk wildland resources, while promoting natural resource management through the use of prescribed fire.
- Governor's One Florida Initiative
The Governor's One Florida Initiative was developed in an effort to increase diversity and opportunities in state contracting without using discriminatory policies. Procurements made by this department must reflect the full diversity of the citizens of the State of Florida. DEP is committed to the purchase of high-quality goods and services at advantageous prices and to a fair and equal opportunity for all to compete for said procurements.
MyFloridaMarketPlace is the State of Florida's online exchange for buyers and vendors. The system is a source for centralized procurement activities, streamlining interactions between vendors and state government entities, and providing the tools to support award-winning procurement for the State of Florida.
- People First
People First is the state’s self-service, online, human resource application. The system streamlines and automates the state’s human resource functions, such as payroll, benefits, hiring and personnel management. Employees, job applicants, retirees, and benefits participants now have instant access to personnel information day or night.
- PRIDE Enterprises
PRIDE Enterprises is supported by a strong partnership with the Florida Department of Corrections. PRIDE’s work programs are designed to provide vocational training, to improve prison security, to reduce the cost of state government, and to promote the rehabilitation of the state inmates.
- Secure Florida
The mission of Secure Florida is to protect the citizens and economy of Florida by safeguarding their information systems, reducing thier vulnerability to cyber attacks, and increasing their responsiveness to any threat.
- Space Florida
Space Florida is an Independent Special District of the State of Florida that uniquely serves as the single point of contact for all space-related functions of the State of Florida, and serves the civil, military and commercial sectors.
- The Florida Information Resource Network
The Florida Information Resource Network (FIRN) was established by the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Education to provide network communications for schools and educators. The FIRN network provides an email system, several educational support services for classroom use, and access to the World Wide Web. Public educators in Florida can obtain free access to FIRN and email through local or toll-free dial-up modem numbers.
Florida Boards and Commissions
- Board of Education
The Board's mission is to increase the proficiency of all students within one seamless, efficient system, by providing them with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills through learning opportunities and research valued by students, parents, and communities, and to maintain an accountability system that measures student progress toward the following goals: highest student achievement; seamless articulation and maximum access; skilled workforce and economic development; and quality efficient services.
- Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission
The mission of the Criminal Justice Standards & Training Commission (CJSTC) is to ensure that all citizens of Florida are served by criminal justice officers who are ethical, qualified, and well-trained.
- Florida Black Business Investment Board
The is Black Business Investment Board (FBBIB) is a not-for-profit corporation that works closely with the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED) as its chief partner on issues related to black business and economic development. The FBBIB has evolved into Florida's institute on black business development and works closely with stakeholders, the Florida Legislature and state agencies to secure funding for the Black Business Loan Program and create a business environment in Florida that allows black businesses to thrive.
- Florida Commission on Human Relations
The Commission is the state agency charged with enforcing the state’s civil rights laws and serves as a resource on human relations for the people of Florida. The Commission investigates complaints in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodations and state employee whistle-blower retaliation.
- Florida Elections Commission
The Florida Elections Commission was created to enforce the campaign finance laws. The Commission investigates alleged violations upon receipt of a legally sufficient, sworn complaint. The Governor appoints the chair of the Commission and members are appointed by the Governor from lists of names submitted by legislative leadership.
- Florida Energy & Climate Commission
Created by Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Legislature in the 2008 Legislative session, the Florida Energy & Climate Commission is housed within the Executive Office of the Governor and is the primary organization for state energy and climate change programs and policies.
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
The mission of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is to manage fish and wildlife resources for their long-term well-being and the benefit of people. FWC focuses on programs, such as habitat management, that affect numerous species. FWC's vision is to create a sustainable and healthy future for Florida's fish, wildlife, water and habitat resources.
- Florida Parole Commission
The Parole Commission is a constitutionally authorized decision-making body. The Commisssion has the power to supervise persons on probation and grant paroles of conditional releases to persons under sentences for crime. The administration of conditional release, conditional medical release, control release, and addiction recovery are under the Commission. It also acts as the investigative arm of the Governor and Cabinet, sitting as the Board of Executive Clemency (“Clemency Board”), in clemency matters.
- Florida Public Service Commission
The Public Service Commission (PSC) of the State of Florida is committed to making sure that Florida's consumers receive some of their most essential services - electric, natural gas, telephone, water, and wastewater - in a safe, affordable, and reliable manner.
- Florida State Board of Administration
The State Board of Administration (SBA) manages, invests and safeguards assets of the Florida Retirement System Trust Fund and other funds for the State of Florida and local governments. The SBA is a non-political organization with a professional investment management staff and a strong record of delivering positive long-term returns on investment.
- Florida Sterling Council
The Florida Sterling Council is a public/private not-for-profit corporation supported by the Executive Office of the Governor. It is comprised of public and private sector members. The Council is led by the Executive Committee which oversees the Governor's Sterling Award for Performance Excellence and all Sterling process activities, including the annual Sterling conference. Since 1992, The Council has assisted organizations in utilizing proven standards of excellence as a guide to making improvements that generate better operations, customer value, and overall results
- Volunteer Florida - Governor's Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service
he Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service was established in 1994 by the Florida Legislature to administer grants under the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993. The Commission grants funds to Florida AmeriCorps and National Service programs; encourages volunteerism for everyone from youth to seniors to people with disabilities; promotes volunteerism for disaster preparedness and response; and helps to strengthen and expand Volunteer Centers in Florida.