It’s now free to put your phone number on Florida’s Do Not Call list. The state is waiving the ten dollar sign up fee and five dollar renewal charge people paid in the past.
In the past, it cost ten dollars to register a phone number on Florida’s Do Not Call list. There was also a yearly renewal fee. A new law eliminates the fee and shifts the burden for funding to telemarketers.
Florida’s list started in 1987, but a national list was not launched until 2003. The state keeps its own list because it allows for quicker investigations and prosecutions. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner, Adam Putnam, oversees the list.
The FDASC used to take telemarketers to court that violated do not call law, but now the department has the authority to directly fine the companies.
Eliminating the fees will cost the state half a million dollars. Last year, companies violating the law paid the state 50-thousand dollars total. The FDACS hopes the new law will allow them to collect enough money to make up the difference.
To put your phone number on the do not call list, visit www.fldnc.com.