(1) In order to provide the department and law enforcement agencies the means to more effectively identify, investigate, and arrest persons engaging in human trafficking, a person employed by a massage establishment and any person performing massage therein must immediately present, upon the request of an investigator of the department or a law enforcement officer, valid government identification while in the establishment. A valid government identification for the purposes of this section is:

(a) A valid, unexpired driver license issued by any state, territory, or district of the United States;

Terms Used In Florida Statutes 480.0535

  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • person: includes individuals, children, firms, associations, joint adventures, partnerships, estates, trusts, business trusts, syndicates, fiduciaries, corporations, and all other groups or combinations. See Florida Statutes 1.01
(b) A valid, unexpired identification card issued by any state, territory, or district of the United States;
(c) A valid, unexpired United States passport;
(d) A naturalization certificate issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security;
(e) A valid, unexpired alien registration receipt card (green card); or
(f) A valid, unexpired employment authorization card issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security.
(2) A person operating a massage establishment must:

(a) Immediately present, upon the request of an investigator of the department or a law enforcement officer:

1. Valid government identification while in the establishment.
2. A copy of the documentation specified in paragraph (1)(a) for each employee and any person performing massage in the establishment.
(b) Ensure that each employee and any person performing massage in the massage establishment is able to immediately present, upon the request of an investigator of the department or a law enforcement officer, valid government identification while in the establishment.
(3) A person who violates any provision of this section commits:

(a) For a first violation, a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(b) For a second violation, a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(c) For a third or subsequent violation, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.