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The 2009 Florida Statutes

Chapter 526
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Section 526.51, Florida Statutes 2009

526.51  Registration; renewal and fees; departmental expenses; cancellation or refusal to issue or renew.--

(1)(a)  Application for registration of each brand of brake fluid shall be made on forms to be supplied by the department. The applicant shall give his or her name and address and the brand name of the brake fluid, state that he or she owns the brand name and has complete control over the product sold thereunder in Florida, and provide the name and address of the resident agent in Florida. If the applicant does not own the brand name but wishes to register the product with the department, a notarized affidavit that gives the applicant full authorization to register the brand name and that is signed by the owner of the brand name must accompany the application for registration. The affidavit must include all affected brand names, the owner's company or corporate name and address, the applicant's company or corporate name and address, and a statement from the owner authorizing the applicant to register the product with the department. The owner of the brand name shall maintain complete control over each product sold under that brand name in this state. All new product applications must be accompanied by a certified report from an independent testing laboratory, setting forth the analysis of the brake fluid which shall show its quality to be not less than the specifications established by the department for brake fluids. A sample of not less than 24 fluid ounces of brake fluid shall be submitted, in a container or containers, with labels representing exactly how the containers of brake fluid will be labeled when sold, and the sample and container shall be analyzed and inspected by the Division of Standards in order that compliance with the department's specifications and labeling requirements may be verified. Upon approval of the application, the department shall register the brand name of the brake fluid and issue to the applicant a permit authorizing the registrant to sell the brake fluid in this state during the permit year specified in the permit.

(b)  Each applicant shall pay a fee of $100 with each application. A permit may be renewed by application to the department, accompanied by a renewal fee of $50 on or before the last day of the permit year immediately preceding the permit year for which application is made for renewal of registration. To any fee not paid when due, there shall accrue a penalty of $25 which shall be added to the renewal fee. Renewals will be accepted only on brake fluids that have no change in formula, composition, or brand name. Any change in formula, composition, or brand name of any brake fluid constitutes a new product that must be registered in accordance with this part.

(2)  All fees collected under the provisions of this section shall be credited to the General Inspection Trust Fund of the department and all expenses incurred in the enforcement of this part shall be paid from said fund.

(3)  The department may cancel, refuse to issue or refuse to renew any registration and permit after due notice and opportunity to be heard if it finds that the brake fluid is adulterated or misbranded or that the registrant has failed to comply with the provisions of this part or the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder.

History.--s. 1, ch. 61-390; s. 2, ch. 61-119; s. 721, ch. 97-103; s. 7, ch. 2007-232.

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