General Contractor Licensing Steps
These questions and answers about contractor licensing will help to walk you through the steps you will need to take in order to get through the general contractor licensing process. Before you start making plans to take one of the contractors license tests, be sure that you are preparing for the right one. A Florida building contractor license will allow you many options as a contractor. If you have decided to specialize in one specific trade or aspect of the industry such as remodeling, then a residential builder’s license in Florida will meet all of your needs. When you take any of the courses we offer, you will receive the contractor exam books for FL. Have a look at the questions and answers below to determine which license is the fit for you.
- Which license is right for me?
- Are you qualified to become a contractor?
- How do I apply for the exam?
- What books do I need?
- How do I register for a class?
- CG - A "general
contractor" means someone with a general contractors license whose services are unlimited as
to the type of work which he or she may do.
- CB -
A "building contractor" means a contractor whose services are
limited to the construction of commercial buildings and
single-dwelling or multiple-dwelling residential buildings. These
buildings cannot exceed three stories in height. A building
contractor in Florida may also construct the "accessory use structures" in
connection with these buildings. An accessory use structure would be
a garage, guest house, garden shed, or other outbuilding. A building
contractor in Florida is also a contractor whose services are limited to
remodeling, repair, or improvement of any size building - if the
services do not affect the structural elements of the building.
- A "residential
contractor" means a contractor whose services are limited to
construction, remodeling, repair, or improvement of one-family,
two-family, or three-family residences which are not more than two
stories and the "accessory use structures" in connection with these
buildings. An accessory use structure would be a garage, guest
house, garden shed, or other outbuilding.
Read from Florida
Statutes 489.111. If you are not sure whether or not you are qualified for a Florida contractors license under the statute, write to the DBPR by e-mail at the following
address and request clarification.
They will respond promptly and your answer will be in writing. Or you can call
the State's phone Center at 850-487-1395.
Online Application for Certification Examination
- If this is your first
time registering online you need to click "create account."
- Or you can call the State's Testing Center at 1-800-330-3776
- You may also want to
make yourself familiar with the
Candidate Information Brochure
- To see which books are required for GC, Builders and
Residential exam you should click on the link below then scroll
to the bottom of the page
and click the link for the most
current book list
- For our pricelist click HERE
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