Florida Officer Reactivation Process


There are three parts to this process. Each must be completed before moving on to the next. If you pass all three steps your Florida certification may be re-activated. You must complete all three parts, including the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE), within eight years of the separation date from your last employment as an officer in Florida. If you exceed this eight year limit, you must attend a full Basic Recruit Training Academy in order to become certified in Florida again. For details on the entire process, please read the instructions that are part of the Evaluation Application form in Step 1.

Step 1

You must undergo a Florida Officers Reactivation Evaluation

(This is the only step of the process handled by our office.)

If you apply to us for the evaluation, we will see if you qualify for the program by verifying your inactive Florida certification via the state-wide Automated Training Management System (ATMS). There is a $100 non-refundable fee for this evaluation. The evaluation usually takes up to 4 weeks to complete. You start the evaluation by submitting the following application.


Florida Officers Reactivation Directions(PDF Version)

Florida Officers Reactivation Application Form(PDF Version)

Florida Officers Reactivation Release of Information(PDF Version)

If your application is approved, you will receive an exemption (CJSTC 76 Form) allowing you to continue in the process. The exemption will give you one year to complete the next two steps of the process.

Step 2

Complete the EOT Training

We do not conduct this 2-week training course. You must contact a certified training center, such as the one at SEPSI at St. Petersburg College or another training center approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Step 3

Pass the State Officer Certification Examination (SOCE)

We do not administer the SOCE that is required to complete the EOT process. It is given by the State of Florida on a regular basis around the state. The training center you use for Step 2 will help you schedule the SOCE, or you can learn more about the examination from the FDLE.