What is Grandfathering of a Registered Contractor’s License?

Grandfathering allows a currently Registered Contractor to apply for and receive a State-Certified Contractor's License in their same category of licensure without sitting for the state Contractor's Examination.

Requirements for Grandfathering in Florida

To have your registered Contractor's License Grandfathered in Florida, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Experience: Applicants must have at least 5 years of experience as Contractors in the contracting category for which they have applied, or as an inspector or building administrator with oversight over that category, at the time of application. Note: For Contractors, only periods in which the Contractor License is active and the Contractor is not on probation shall count toward the 5 years of experience.
  • Examination: Individuals seeking Licensure as a Certified Contractor by Grandfathering must submit proof of having passed a written examination that is substantially similar to the examination required to be licensed as a Certified Contractor in the same category as the Registered License
  • Financial Requirements: Applicants will need to prove financial stability and responsibility by submitting personal credit reports. Credit reports must include a FICO derived credit score and indicate that local, state, and federal records have been searched. You may find additional information regarding the Board's Financial requirements by visiting the Department's.

For more information, please visit (ECLB 13) Application.

License Categories for Grandfathering

The following license categories are available for Grandfathering. If you do not meet the requirements, you are required to pass the exams and all other License requirements. For more information, please refer to the information below:


# Omar Abdallah 2023-01-07 08:28
I am a Hillsborough county garage door contractor that will loose that license with the new state law that I consider unfair because all the time, money and effort that I
Invested in this license, how can I solve this problem?
# Sharilyn Baez 2023-01-09 11:42
Good Morning Omar, due to the HB 735 county licenses that will no longer be issued has resulted in contractors needing a State License. In your case, the State equivalent for a County Garage Door license are the following state licenses:

General - https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-general-contractor-license.html
Building - https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-building-contractor-license.html
Residential - https://www.contractorcampus.com/florida-residential-contractor-license.html

There are multiple requirements that you must satisfy in order to be state licensed. You can few each trade requirement on the links I have provided above.

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