The state of Florida takes its building industry seriously and requires all Florida contractors to have a certified license. To alleviate consumer concern about dishonest contractors and poor craftsmanship, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has designed a rigorous licensing process through which all potential contractors are required to undergo.
There are numerous exams and experience requirements, extensive paperwork, background checks, and possible board reviews. Obtaining the proper license is a job in and upon itself. Worse: a simple honest mistake may well delay the processing of your application.
Contractor Licensing Inc. can help. We have an enormous amount of experience in dealing with the DBPR and are continuously researching new requirements and regulations. We know who to call, which forms to send, and when and where to send them. Simply provide us with the information we need and we will cut through the red tape, so that you are able to obtain your license as quickly as possible.
Contractor Licensing Inc. will:
- Fill out the necessary application forms.
- Assist you in procuring all of the necessary back-up documentation.
- Our unique system helps streamline the experience and verification sections of the application.
- Maintain constant communication with state agencies regarding the status of your application.
- Assist you with any questions, concerns, or issues you may have with the state licensing process.
- Assist you with Workers Compensation Exemptions after you are fully licensed.
The Florida Business and Finance exam
as well as within your license specialty is required
to be passed to obtain your contractor’s license. Minimum amounts required for General Liability insurance for General, Residential, and Building contractors are $300,000 for bodily injury and $50,000 for property damage. All contractors must be at least 18 years of age and be of good moral character.
How do I get a Florida Contractors License?
The following are the basic requirements to obtain your Florida builders license:
- Successfully complete the Florida contractor license exam that measures your knowledge of the profession.
- Complete a Contractors License application. Applications can be obtained from us or the State of Florida:
State Of Florida
Department of Business and Professional Regulation
1940 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399–0783
Customer Contact Center (850) 487-1395
- Submit the General Contractors License application, supporting documents, and application fee to the State of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).
Contractor Licensing Inc. expedites the process while checking, and then double-checking your application materials. Contact us today to get started.
Do I need Workers' Compensation Insurance as Florida Contractor?
Yes, the Florida Department of Financial Services Division of Workers' Compenstation requires that all state licensed contractors carry workers compensation insurance, or file for workers compensation exemption. Exemptions are allowed for company owners and up to three officers, however the officers must own a portion of the business.
Contractor Licensing Inc. provides both Workers Compensation Insurance and Workers Compensation Exemptionservices to make entire process seamless and efficient. For free consultation or a free quote please contact our office.
Do contactors need to do a license renewal or continue their education?
Yes, construction industry license holders have a mandatory continuing education requirement as stated by the Florida DBPR. About 14 hours of board-approved continuing education is required prior to the renewal period for both certified and registered contractors.
According to the State of Florida code, a licensed certified contractor is a contractor who holds a certificate issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). The code states that you must have a General, Building, or Residential license to construct, repair, alter, remodel, add to, demolish, subtract from, or improve any building or structure, including related improvements to real estate, for other individuals or entities.
Types of Contractor Licenses and Defintions:
- General Contractor means a contractor whose services are unlimited as to the type of work which he or she may perform.
- Building Contractors 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 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 Contractors may construct, remodel, repair, or improve one-family, two-family, or three-family residences that are not more than two stories and also the "accessory use structures," such as a garage, guest house, garden shed, or other outbuilding.
Contractor Licensing Inc. will process and expedite your application in order to obtain your state contractor's license number in order to legally work in the State of Florida as a Certified Contractor in the following categories:
- Sheet Metal
- Class A & B Air Conditioning
- Air Conditioning Service
- Commercial Pool/Spa
- Residential Pool/Spa
- Swimming Pool/Spa Service
- Underground Utility and Excavation
- Residential Solar Water Heating Specialty
- Specialty Structure
- Pollutant Storage System Specialty
- Gypsum Drywall Specialty
- Gas Line Specialty
- Internal Pollutant Storage Tank Lining Applicator
- Precision Tank Tester
- Specialty Glass and Glazing
- Swimming Pool Specialties
Contact Us to learn more information about the Florida Contractors License Test and Florida Construction License Exam Preparation materials. We follow the old adage, "Measure twice, cut once," applied here as “Prepare twice, apply once,” to exceed your expectations and make the daunting process as easy as possible.
This information is intended a broad overview of Florida State Licensing Requirements; for detailed information regarding requirements for a specific DBPR application please contact us or the Florida State DBPR Licensing Office.