To be a contractor in Florida, you need a contractor’s license, otherwise you are working illegally and could be fined or jailed. As a Florida contractor licensing company, we wanted to share guidelines and requirements entailed in applying for a contracting license in Florida.
First, you will have to take two brief exams that cover topics related to finance and the trade(s) you are looking to become licensed in. If you are an electrical contractor, you will need to undergo a slightly different process. You will not be required to take these tests, but rather, will have to undergo trade specific tests due to the complex and potentially dangerous nature of the work.
In order to qualify for the appropriate tests, you will need to be able to show proof of having at least four years of work experience in the construction or trade field. If you are looking to get a contracting license for a business, you will also need to provide proof of financial assets. Requirements for total assets may range from $2,500-$20,000, depending on the type of certification you are looking to obtain. You will also be required to carry and show proof of a current liability insurance plan.