Business Resources


To the Venice Area

As a new resident of the greater Venice area, there are a few things you need to know.The following information will help make your transition to Gulf Coast living easier and more interesting.

Area Real Estate

Visit the Venice Area Board of Realtors' MLS site listing all available properties in the area. Searchable database allows you to find exactly the home you're looking for at the price you want! 

Healthcare & Education

Healthcare and educational facilities are two of the most important things a community offers to new or potential residents. The Venice area is fortunate to host a variety of excellent healthcare providers & centers, as well as numerous public and private schools. 


Looking for employment in the Venice area is only a click away!  Search for jobs, post your resume, and find assistance with your job search through many of the links listed on our Employment page for job seekers.. 


Business Climate

The Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County (EDC) works to

  • assist expansion of existing companies
  • attract and retain quality jobs
  • solicit new businesses compatible with the assets and values of Sarasota County
  • promote Sarasota County's business image
  • enhance Sarasota County's overall quality of life

Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center

4000 Tamiami Trail South, Venice
Location Map

Establishing Residency

The easiest way to become a Florida resident is to file a declaration of domicile with the County Clerk of the Court. The document is notarized by the clerk’s office and states you reside at a given address. The cost is $8 and may be filed at the Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center.

Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center

4000 Tamiami Trail South, Venice

Register to Vote

Whether you have moved from another county or from out of state, you mustRegister in order to vote in Sarasota County.

You are eligible to register if you are a U.S. Citizen, a legal county resident, and at least 18 by the next election. To register, visit the Supervisor of Elections office at the Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center in Venice.

SCAT Schedule

Monday through Saturday
7:00a.m. until 7:00p.m. 

Public Transportation

Public transportation by Sarasota County Area Transit  runs from the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport to Venice, Englewood and North Port. SCAT has a multitude of bus routes and two trolley routes.


Tax Collector’s Office

(941) 362-9898

Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center

4000 Tamiami Trail South, Venice

Vehicle Registration

Newcomers must register their vehicles in Florida within 10 days of gaining employment or enrolling children in school. Proof of ownership, proof of Florida auto insurance, prior registration certificate, and a current driver’s license are needed.

In addition, Florida is a title law state, so newcomers must also apply for a Florida Title Certificate. For more information, contact the Tax Collector's Office.

Drivers License Exam Office

(941) 361-6217

The Driver’s License Office in Venice is now permanently closed. 

The closest office is located at:
 601 S Pompano Avenue in Sarasota. 

Drivers License

New state residents have 30 days to apply for a driver’s license. State law requires that you first register your vehicle with the tax collector. Proof of this registration, your out-of-state license, and your social security card must be shown. 


Robert L. Anderson County Administration Center

4000 Tamiami Trail South, Venice

Homestead Exemption

As a Florida resident, you are eligible to declare a portion of your home’s value as exempt for tax purposes, thereby reducing your ad valorem tax bill. To file for a homestead exemption, you must establish residency by December 31 prior to the year you will claim the exemption. Taxpayers must file between January 2 and March 1, with the County Property Appraiser at the Robert L. Anderson Administration Center, Venice.

Boating & Fishing Licenses

All motorboats used in Florida must be registered at the Tax Collector's Office. Boats with out-of-state registration need not register in Florida if they are here for 90 days or less. You may also purchase fishing licenses at the Tax Collector’s Office or at nearly any bait or sporting goods store. Fees vary, but if you are over age 65, hunting and fishing licenses are free.

Visit SCOPE's Website

Community Studies

SCOPE is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Sarasota County. Through its annual study of two important community issues and extensive research on quality of life indicators, SCOPE captures our past, addresses our present, and envisions our future.

Back to top