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Can I use my license from another State in Florida?

Endorsement is a method of licensure for applicants who, in lieu of taking the State of Florida's licensing examination, comply with one of the options below:
Have taken an examination of substantially equivalency to the corresponding Florida licensing examination, meet the experience requirements for Florida certification, and meet all other requirements for licensure; OR
Holds a valid license to practice contracting issued by another state or United State territory, if the criteria for issuance of such license were substantially equivalent to Florida's current certification criteria.

Endorsement as a Certified Contractor

In the state of Florida to become a contractor by Endorsement you must meet ONE of the following qualifications:

  • (Option A)
    Meets the requirements for certification as set forth in this section; has passed a national, regional, state, or United States territorial licensing examination that is substantially equivalent to the examination required by this part; and has satisfied the requirements set forth in s. 489.111
  • (Option B) Holds a valid license to practice contracting issued by another state or territory of the United States, if the criteria for issuance of such license were substantially equivalent to Florida’s current certification criteria
  • (Option C) Has held a valid, current license to practice contracting issued by another state or territory of the United States for at least 10 years before the date of the application provided that the license is currently active or was active within the last 2 years; OR
    • Holds a valid, current license to practice contracting issued by another state or territory of the United States, if the state or territory has entered into a reciprocal agreement with the board for the recognition of contractor licenses issued in that state, based on criteria for the issuance of such licenses that are substantially equivalent to the criteria for certification in this state

Please note that there are currently no reciprocal agreements in place to recognize valid licenses in other states or territories.

Endorsement Qualifications

  • Applicants choosing Option A will need to:
    • Submit an official score report showing your score on the examination given by your state
    • Submit Examination Evaluation Questionnaire that has been completed by the provider of the licensing examination given by your state (Pages 18 – 26 of this application)
    • Complete Sections I through IV and IX through XIII of Application for Endorsement as Certified Contractor Form # DBPR CILB 10
  • Applicants choosing Option B will need to:
    • Submit a copy of your out-of-state license from the state in which you currently operate
    • Submit a copy of statutes and rules regarding licensing and contractor certification requirements that were in effect at the time of your licensure
    • Submit Examination Evaluation Questionnaire that has been completed by the provider of the licensing examination given by your state (Pages 18 – 26 of this application)
    • Complete Sections I through III and IX through XIII of Application for Endorsement as Certified Contractor Form # DBPR CILB 10
  • Applicants choosing Option C will need to:
    • Submit verification of licensure from the state in which you are licensed which shows your current license status and that you have been licensed for at least 10 years and indicating if any disciplinary action has been taken against the license
    • If applying to become a Certified General Contractor, a Certified Building Contractor, Certified Residential Contractor, or Certified Roofing Contractor, you must also provide proof of completion of a board approved 2-hour course on the Florida Building Code which includes information on wind mitigation techniques.

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# RE: Endorsements in the State of Florida OB H Fearnow 2021-01-29 08:45
Greetings,
I am a Licensed Builder in Michigan for over 25 years. Living in Orlando Florida for the past 3 years.
My Michigan license is current (exp. date 5-2021).
I would like to get more information..
Thank you,
OB Fearnow
fearnow111@gmail.com
231-360-6494
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# RE: Endorsements in the State of Florida Contractor Licensing Experts 2021-01-29 14:14
Hello!

I have sent you a proposal that includes the list of books and courses that we offer for the license you are interested in obtaining. The proposal will also include the prices for everything individually and a total that includes shipping and taxes. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Thank you very much, and have a great day!
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# OwnerChris Munday 2021-09-04 08:17
I am a licensed General Contractor in the Tennessee and im interested in expanding into Florida, as i have family there, would my license be able to be honored in Florida? If not what would be the steps to obtain a Florida license?
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# RE: OwnerLeah R. 2021-09-10 10:59
The State of Florida is now accepting licenses from other states through Endorsements.

There are specific requirements that have to be met to transfer a license through endorsement. For more information, please visit https://www.contractorcampus.com/endorsements-in-the-state-of-florida.html.

If you do not meet the endorsement requirements, please visit the following article for more information about obtaining a general contractor license in Florida.

https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
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# PresidentRobert J Foglia 2021-09-17 15:40
I have a state certified contractors license in florida CGC007198
However I also have Engineering contractors, a General Contractors License, and an Electrical License in California, I would like to receive a electrical license in Florida
My License in California is 280412
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# RE: PresidentIdalia S. 2021-10-14 11:40
Hi Robert! The Division of Professions of Construction Industry Licensing Board would determine if the active licensing issued to you by another state is equivalent to Florida's current certification criteria. We have more information on how you may qualify for endorsement , as well as information on the Electrical Contractor’s License process on the links below.


Endorsement:
https://www.contractorcampus.com/endorsements-in-the-state-of-florida.html

Electrical Contractor License:
https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-unlimited-electrical-contractor-license.html
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# ownerjohn Lester Beckman 2021-11-01 12:14
I NOW HOLD A WEST VIRGINA AND MARYLAND CONTRACTOR LICENSES. DOES FLORIDA EXCEPT THESE STATES FOR A CERTIFIED CONTRATOR LICENSE ENDORSEMENT ?
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# RE: ownerIdalia S. 2021-11-03 12:43
Hello John! Florida does accept individuals who are licensed in another state without having to take the exam. I will provide you with a link for the application and an answer on the official DBPR. Do take in mind that the information is from two years ago. However, it has beneficial info that may assist you with this process.


Application
http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/documents/CILB10_Certification_by_Endorsement.pdf

Answer
http://myfloridalicense.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1418/~/do-florida-statutes-provide-for-endorsement-of-out-of-state-construction

DBPR Endorsement Info
https://www.myfloridalicense.com/CheckListDetail.asp?SID=&xactCode=1035&clientCode=0605&XACT_DEFN_ID=9202
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# I want to move business to FLWayne hawkins 2021-12-28 12:26
I have all masters in Rhode Island I want to transfer to Florida , I own affordable heating airconditioning services and I already incorporated my business into Florida I want to transfer my
master refrigeration 1
Master pipe fitters 1
Master sheet metal 1
Master class E electrical
So I can start my business at my new home Florida
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# RE: I want to move business to FLAengels G. 2021-12-28 14:59
Hi Wayne! You may be approved for transfer since you qualify under options b & c under the endorsements as a certified contractor in the state of Florida.

DBPR Endorsement Info
https://www.myfloridalicense.com/CheckListDetail.asp?SID=&xactCode=1035&clientCode=0605&XACT_DEFN_ID=9202

Answer
http://myfloridalicense.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1418/~/do-florida-statutes-provide-for-endorsement-of-out-of-state-construction

Application
http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/documents/CILB10_Certification_by_Endorsement.pdf
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# PresidenteJ Gordils 2022-01-03 17:28
Actualmente tengo mi propio negocio inscrito en Puerto Rico, llevo trabajando 25 años 15 como contratista, realizo trabajos comercial, industrial y residencial. Poseo mi licencia de Técnico de Refrigeración y aires acondicionados y también tengo mi licencia del Estado. Tengo planes de mudarme para finales de este año para (Orlando FL) quiero tener mi compañía allá. Necesito saber como pudo hacer para sacar la licencia de la Florida.
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# RE: PresidenteAengels G. 2022-01-04 10:38
Hola Mr. Gordils,
Para la Licensia Contratista General en la Florida tienes que paser dos examenes, el de Tecnico y el de Negosios, Nosotros tenemos las clases y los libros para prepararte para estos examenes. Para mas informacion haga clic en el enlace de abajo.
https://www.contractorcampus.com/es/licencia-de-contratista-general-en-la-florida.html
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