All notices of appeal of agency final orders of the Department of Financial Services and requests for administrative hearings must be sent to the DFS Agency Clerk.
Requests for administrative hearings may be filed electronically by sending an electronic mail to the DFS Agency Clerk. The party who elects to file a document in this manner is responsible for any delay, disruption, or interruption of the electronic signals and accepts the risk that the document may not be properly filed as a result. The date of filing for a document transmitted by electronic mail shall be the date the agency receives the complete document. The agency's hours of operation during which filings will be accepted are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Any document received by the Agency Clerk after 5:00 p.m. shall be filed as of 8:00 a.m. on the next regular business day. Filings on a weekend, a holiday in which the agency is closed, or any other day the agency is closed, will be deemed to be filed on the next business day.
Requests for administrative hearings may also be filed by facsimile transmission. The DFS Agency Clerk fax filing number is (850) 488-0697. A party who files a document by facsimile transmission represents that the original, signed document will be retained by that party for the duration of the proceeding and any subsequent appeal or subsequent proceedings in that case, and will be produced upon the request of other parties.
A party who files a document by facsimile transmission is responsible for any delay, disruption, or interruption of the electronic signals and accepts the risk that the document may not be properly filed with the DFS Agency Clerk as a result. The filing date for a document filed by facsimile transmission is the date the DFS Agency Clerk receives the complete document.
The Agency Clerk is not permitted to provide legal advice, or respond to general questions of the law. Those representing themselves on appeal should review the Florida Rules of Appellate Procedure and may find it helpful to consult the Pro Se (Unrepresented) Appellate Handbook published by The Florida Bar at http://www.flabarappellate.org.