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Moving Business License

All movers providing local moves within Miami-Dade, or between Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties, must be registered with Miami-Dade County.

  • Moving company registration

    Bring the following documents in person:

    • Completed Moving Business Initial Registration application
    • Copy of current Miami-Dade County local business tax or valid municipal business tax receipt
    • Articles of Incorporation/Fictitious Name Registration
    • Certificate of insurance to include:
      • General Liability
      • Motor Vehicle Liability
        • $50,000 combined single limit for vehicles with gross vehicle weight of 35,000 pounds or less
        • $100,000 combined single limit for vehicles with gross vehicle weight of 35,000 pounds or more
      • Cargo Liability: valuation of $10,000 combined single limit minimum with 60 cents per pound, per article
    • Workers’ Compensation Certificate or affirmation
    • Copy of contract for service (bill of lading), Moving Consumer Bill of Rights and Disclosure Statement on mover’s letterhead and any other document or form used when dealing with the public with respect to the shipment of household goods
  • Renewals

    Any person(s) or corporation operating a moving business located in Miami-Dade County that transports household goods originating in Miami-Dade County and terminating in Miami-Dade County, Broward County or Palm Beach County, or originating in Broward County or Palm Beach County and terminating in Miami-Dade County whose current registration is expiring must renew in person or by mail at least 30 days prior to the expiration of current registration.

    Documents required include:

    • Completed Moving Business Renewal Registration application
    • Copy of current Miami-Dade County local business tax or valid municipal business tax receipt
    • Articles of Incorporation/Fictitious Name Registration
    • Certificate of insurance to include:
      • General Liability
      • Motor Vehicle Liability
        • $50,000 combined single limit for vehicles with gross vehicle weight of 35,000 pounds or less
        • $100,000 combined single limit for vehicles with gross vehicle weight of 35,000 pounds or more
      • Cargo Liability: valuation of $10,000 combined single limit minimum with 60 cents per pound, per article
    • Workers’ Compensation Certificate or affirmation
    • Copy of contract for service (bill of lading), Moving Consumer Bill of Rights and Disclosure Statement on mover’s letterhead and any other document or form used when dealing with the public with respect to the shipment of household goods
  • Incomplete and late applications

    If the application process is not completed within 60 days of its filing, the application will be considered abandoned and closed and a new application and fee will be required.

    A late fee will apply to renewal applications submitted after the expiration of the current registration. The late fee is in addition to the renewal fee.

  • Requirements

    • Unless the move is taking place in less than 72 hours after the prospective client contacts the mover, there must be a written estimate
    • Written contracts, which must have the final costs, are required for all moves. Final charges cannot exceed the estimate by more than 10 percent
    • The mover must provide each client with a copy of the Tri-County Moving Consumer Bill of Rights and Disclosure Statement
    • Movers must provide, at minimum, insurance coverage of 60 cents per pound of article. Consumers have 60 days to file a claim with the mover
    • Interstate and interstate moves are not regulated
  • Business changes

    In the event of a change in ownership of a moving business, a new application and fee is required. Corporations that have a change of 10 percent or more of its ownership shall notify Miami-Dade County no later than 30 days after the date of the change.

    Changes in any material aspect of the moving business shall be provided to Miami-Dade County in writing along with proof of the change and the required fee, if replacement of the registration is required, within 30 days of the change.

  • Fees

    • Annual business fee: $500.00
    • Registration late fee: $250.00
    • Replacement of registration: $17.00
    • Moving decal fee: $64.00

    Cash is not accepted. The non-refundable fees can be paid by check, money order or cashier’s check made payable to Miami-Dade County. If renewing in person, the renewal fee can be paid by credit card (Mastercard, Visa or American Express).

  • Regulation & Compliance

    Moving Companies

    Miami-Dade County regulates moving companies that cover moves to and from Miami-Dade County, including to and from Broward and Palm Beach County.

Phone Number(s)

  • Consumer Protection - Licensing Division
    786-469-2300786-469-2300

Mail / Email

Locations and Hours

  • Consumer Protection

    601 NW 1st Court, Miami, FL 33136
    18th Floor
    Monday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Tuesday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Wednesday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Thursday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Friday
    8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    ***Initial and renewal applicants must be signed in by 3:30 p.m.
Regulatory and Economic Resources
Jack Osterholt, Deputy Mayor

Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Miami, FL 33128
305-375-2877305-375-2877

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