Florida Contractor Licensing FAQ

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Florida Contractor Licensing FAQ 2017-05-07T22:09:35+00:00
Is a Florida contractor required to renew the license or prove continuing education credits? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

Yes and yes!

The Florida DBPR, by and through its Construction Board, in its rule-making capacity, require mandatory continuing education requirements be met prior to renewal of contractor licenses for both certified and registered contractors in Florida.

Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents or things. The office expert David Taber has assisted hundreds of contractors achieve their Florida contractor license.

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Do I need to prove workers compensation insurance when applying for a Florida contractor license? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

Yes and no depending upon specific circumstances that match your business profile as described below.

Florida Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation require that all Florida contractors maintain workers compensation insurance, or alternatively, the business owner may apply for an exemption. This then explains the yes / no short answer above.

In Florida, workers’ compensation exemptions are typically permissible for company owner(s) and up to three company officers. However, each exempt officer must prove a share ownership of the business entity.

Contractor Licensing Inc. provides Florida contractors a workers’ compensation insurance policy and can assist with a workers’ compensation exemption services in order to make the entire “insuring” process seamless and cost-efficient.

Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents or things. The office expert David Taber has assisted hundreds of contractors achieve their Florida contractor license.

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Will I be required to register my Florida contractor license with each city or county within Florida? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

This question is not a yes or no answer.

Some cities within some counties require a Florida contractor to purchase a local business tax receipt as a condition of applying for a local building permit. In addition, a Florida contractor may be required to apply for a certificate of use, DERM Permit, Home Office Permit which may require zoning approval to operate your business entity from a commercial lease space or from within your own residential home, or a model home which also depends upon the specific local rules in affect within the municipality.

All of these pertinent and relevant questions can be discussed and resolved by requesting a free consultation. Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents or things. Contractor Licensing, Inc. retains an expert David Taber. David has assisted hundreds of contractors achieve their Florida contractor license.

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How long does it usually take for a Florida contractor license application to be approved? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

The short answer is the applications for a Florida contractor license will typically be reviewed and a determination made within 30 to 45 days. However, this does not constitute an approval, because the determination may require additional information, clarification, additional supporting documents, or an application may be rejected for other reasons.

BUYER BEWARE:

Over the course of several years, there have been organizations come and go who advertise certain approval terms as part of their sales pitch. In once instance, the printed materials from a competing organization wrote the following sales pitch offer — “guaranteed 2 week turn-around time.”

Don’t be fooled by those “other” organizations making false guaranteed turn-around sales pitch promises. Other competitors who come and go offer to utilize “special contacts” employed within the DBPR in order to expedite an application faster by claiming their clients are purportedly “preferred clients”.

Fortunately, the vast majority of applicants seeking a Florida contractors license are men and women with wisdom. The competitors come and go because they rarely fool enough applicants and they can not survive on sales pitch only. Sales pitch promises do not amount to a hill of beans.

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is a state agency and is operated pursuant to rule and law. It is prohibited by rule and law for any business or vendor to receive preferential treatment.

All Florida contractor license applications are processed in the order they are received. Once a Florida contractor license application is received, the average wait time is generally 30-45 business days, at which point DBPR staff will generally issue a formal written response. Keep in mind, the application process may take longer depending upon a variety of circumstances and delay can occur based upon workload volume.

Technically speaking, the state employee reviewing a Florida contractor license application has up to 45 business days to issue a formal written response.

Professional Solution:

Upon retaining Contractor Licensing, Inc., an expert will be designated as your authorized representative. The expert will ensure that your pending application and all supporting documents are expedited properly with an emphasis on reducing wait time and to offer help in order to avoid deficiencies during that Florida contractor license application process.

Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents or things. The office expert David Taber has assisted hundreds of contractors achieve their Florida contractor license.

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Do I need to submit fingerprints with my Florida contractor license application? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

Yes fingerprints are required!

All Florida contractor license applications, if pertaining to the initial issuance of a contractor’s first license will require fingerprints in order to complete a criminal background check performed by Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

That fingerprint requirement in a matter of rule and law and applies to any application seeking an initial Florida contractor license, or when a contractor seeks to make a change of status of an existing Florida contractor license, or by requesting to add an additional business, or when requesting an endorsement. The requirement to submit fingerprints occurs by electronic submission to occur through a department-approved vendor.

Each applicant seeking a Florida contractor license is entitled to a free consultation prior to submitting any documents or things.

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Am I Required To Obtain Liability Insurance? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

Yes!

All Florida Contractor License applicants are required to obtain Commercial Liability Insurance.

Contractor Licensing, Inc. will attach a copy of your Certificate of Liability Coverage as proof of required insurance with your Florida contractor license application.

Each Florida contractor license applicant is entitled to free consultation.

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Will My Florida Contractor License Application Require Me To Submit A Bond? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

Depending upon the circumstances, the State of Florida may require a Florida Contractor License applicant submit a surety bond along with the application. Each Florida Contractor License applicant is entitled to a free consultation before taking any action, prior to making any submission of any documents or things.

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What is the difference between a registered Florida contractor and a certified Florida contractor? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

In Florida, generally speaking, a “Registered Contractor” means the Florida Contractor License applies to a local competency examination and can perform only within that locale.

In Florida, generally speaking, a “Certified Contractor” means the Florida Contractor License applies in each community throughout the entire State of Florida.

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How Can I Prepare For My Florida Contractor License Exam? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

Each applicant seeking to sit for a Florida contractor exam is well advised to contact David Taber at Contractor Licensing, Inc.  By utilizing this free consultation with David Taber, the Florida contractor license exam is explained and expert guidance is offered, how-best to utilize exam preparation techniques which have worked successfully for other Florida contractors.

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Are there different types of Florida contractor license? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

There are numerous types of contractor licenses in Florida.  There are also specialty contractor licenses. Contractor Licensing, Inc. will provide a free consultation when you call the office and speak with David Taber.

A few examples of the many Florida contractor license types please review the conversation below:

General Contractor:  means a contractor whose services are unlimited as to the type of construction work which may be performed.

Building Contractor:  may construct commercial buildings, single-dwelling, or multiple-dwelling residential buildings. These buildings cannot exceed three stories in height.  A building contractor may also construct the “accessory use structures” in connection with these residential buildings. An accessory use structure is a garage, guest house, garden shed, or other outbuilding.  A building contractor’s services are limited to remodeling, repair, or improvement of any size building without affecting the structural elements of the building.

Residential Contractor:  may construct, remodel, repair, or improve one-family, two-family, or three-family residences which are not more than two stories and also the “accessory use structures,” such as a garage, guest house, garden shed, or other outbuilding.

Although that general discussion of three license types is not exhaustive, be certain in your mind, that at the conclusion of your free consultation, David Taber will provide you the information you will need as it pertains to and as it is relevant to the type of contracting work you intend to perform.

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How Does Contractor Licensing, Inc. Get My Florida Contractor License? 2017-05-07T15:18:23+00:00

Contractor Licensing, Inc. has assisted hundreds of Florida Contractors for several years to set up their respective business entity, to submit the contractors’ regulatory filings, and followed up by offering expert guidance as it relates to virtually every aspect of branding, promoting, and marketing Florida contractors’ business.

Contractor Licensing, Inc. does not offer exam prep or exam testing.  However, the guidance offered as to exam prep and exam testing comes as feedback by Florida contractors informing of their success and accolades for the guidance Contractor Licensing, Inc. has offered over the years.

The following regulatory requirements are the basic tasks to obtain a Florida contractor license license:

1.  Successfully complete the Florida contractor license exam.
2.  Complete and submit the Contractors License application.

If an applicant retains Contractor Licensing, Inc., all required information and supporting documents will be reviewed and checked twice for complete accuracy prior to submission.

The importance of retaining an expert, because Florida contractors become frustrated and annoyed when receiving a snail mail notice informing their form submission was rejected due to application error, or otherwise incomplete, inaccurate, or by failing to attach required regulatory information.  Contractor Licensing, Inc. truly understands the nature and scope of the entire licensing process and can eliminate weeks of frustration and annoyance by performing the license application review.

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