How to Get Your Florida Contractor License in 5 Easy Steps

How to Get Your Florida Contractor License
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January 4, 2023

Do you want to start a construction business in Florida?

To become a contractor in the Sunshine State, you’ll have to get a Florida contractor license. The state manages contractor licensing for all specialties. You may also need a license on the local level in some cases.  

Find out how to get your Florida contractor license in this easy guide.

#1. Decide on the Type of Contractor License

You can become either certified or registered as a Florida contractor. Your licensing authority is the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) at the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). 

If you want to work across the entire state, you’ll need to get state-certified. If you want to work only on the local level, then you’ll have to become registered. You’ll also need a certificate from your local authorities. 

The types of contractor licenses on the state level include:

If you need licensing on the local level, you’ll have to find out the license types required from your city or county authorities too. 

#2. Get to Know the Licensing Requirements 

You can apply for a Florida contractor’s license as an individual or as a qualifying business. 

If you need licensure as a business, you’ll first need to set up a business entity in the state of Florida. For a corporation, LLC, or partnership, you’ll have to register with the Florida Division of Corporations. Small businesses will need to register with the Department of Revenue.  

The licensing requirements for both state certification and registration include:

#3. Pass the State Exam

To become a certified contractor, you’ll have to pass the Florida contractor license exam. To become a registered contractor, you have two options. You can either pass the exam or show a Certificate of Competency from your local licensing authority. 

The contractor exam covers topics like building expertise, finances, legal aspects, and safety. Check out the exam content for the different types of contractor licenses

The exam fees include:

#4. Apply for Your Contractor License 

Once you’re ready with your documents and license application form, mail them to the licensing office:

Department of Business and Professional Regulation 

Construction Industry Licensing Board

2601 Blair Stone Road

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0791

You’ll have to pay these licensing fees:

Certified Contractors:
Registered Contractors:

Veterans can get a waiver for a fee exemption. 

The licensing process usually takes about two to three months, depending on the available state exam dates. Licensed contractors can manage their licenses via the Department’s Licensing Portal

#5. Keep Your License Active

You’ll have to renew your Florida contractor license every two years. You may be required to get continuing education. 

The renewal deadlines are:

Time Tracking and Payroll for Your Contracting Business 

Running a construction business is a complex process. Besides being a qualified specialist, you’ll need to tackle day-to-day tasks as well. 

Hourly is here to make your employee time tracking and payroll management a breeze. You can easily link your workers’ comp to payroll as well, which will save you money at the end of the day. 

Want to give it a go? Just download the Hourly payroll app today and get started.

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