How to Apply For Your Contractor's License

To obtain your contractor's license, you must pass the examinations, meet specific experience and financial requirements, and complete the application for the state to review.

Generic Application Requirements

The following are General Requirements for applying for your Contractor's License. License Requirements may differ from State to State. If you have any questions about the Licensing Process in any State, please contact us at 866-986-7978

  • Take the Certified Exam and Obtain the Passing Scores
  • Meet the experience/ Education Requirements
  • Satisfy Financial/Credit Report Requirements
  • Fingerprints
  • Insurance (Workers Comp must be obtained 30 days of issued license)
  • Must be AT LEAST 18 years of age
  • Filling out the Application
  • Proof of satisfaction of liens, judgements, and discharge of bankruptcy
  • For veterans: Military Service Form, and Military satisfaction of experience

Licensing Information by State

For More Information on the Licensing Process for each state, click the link for your State.


# vick 2020-08-14 21:12
Do you help to prepare the Application for Contractor License in VA?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-08-17 09:13
No, we do not service the Contractor Application for VA.
# Melissa Bajsa 2020-08-17 14:49
Where can I find test dates to get my Florida Builders license? I can only find dates through June 10th.
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-08-18 08:53
Please contact your Testing Center. Each company works very differently. Below I have provided a link that will show you the contact information for all the testing centers in FL.
# Melissa Bajsa 2020-08-17 14:54
Where can I find test dates to get a Florida Builders license?
# Leah R. 2021-09-09 09:21
To take your exam for the Building Contractor License, you will need to contact the testing company. The schedule is open availability so you are able to test whenever you are ready.

To contact the testing company (PTI), please visit
# Craig Becker 2020-08-29 19:13
i have a a couple felonies can i still get my crc license
# Leah R. 2021-08-19 15:20
An individual is still able to obtain a Contractor License, even having a felony on their record.

For more information on what felony charges do not affect you from getting a contractor license, please visit
# Joe Guillen 2020-09-07 07:11
What type of license is needed to remodel interiors of condominiums in Broward county?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-09-08 12:51
For Broward County, they offer a license called Residential Interior Remodeling. Below I have provided you the link to view more information about this license.
# Raymond Joesph Scavone 2020-09-16 14:58
I am in negotiations with 3 different roofing companies to become their qualifying agent for their companies. Does your company help with this process?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-09-16 16:20
Hello Raymond,

We do not provide a service for qualifying agents. We only work with the studying process to obtain a Contractor License.
# PASCAL ION 2020-09-26 21:03
What type of license is needed for Epoxy Flooring in Hillsborough County
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-09-29 08:31
Hello, I would recommend you confirm with the Hillsborough County Board. Below I have provided you there contact information.

Hillsborough County Building & Construction Services
Contractor Licensing
Phone: (813) 635-7312, (813) 635-7316
# Robert Downie 2020-11-11 15:40
I have a Class A Air Conditioning Contractors License in Florida. I have been working for a Florida Mechanical Contractor for over 6 years. Can I qualify to take the Fire Sprinkler Contractors License in Florida?
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-11-12 13:08
Hello Robert,
I would recommend you to contact the State Licensing Board. Since your background is more for Air Conditioning, you would like to confirm it with them if possible for you to obtain the Fire Sprinkler License.
# Jose Ocando 2020-12-30 11:55
I d like to find out if I could obtain a sort of non-dade county certification as a finish Carpenter.
I been doing door replacements for a while but I d like to provide my clients with some sort of documentation. County License requires also, Insurance and Bonding and my bussiness is so small at this point to cover for those expenses.
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2020-12-30 13:15
Hello Jose,

For Miami Dade County, they have licenses that do not need an exam. Finish Carpentry is apart of the list. You would need to contact Miami Dade County to apply. I will be sending you an email with more information about this.
# sergio diaz 2021-12-23 21:26
I need to get my license what should I do
# Idalia S. 2021-12-24 10:14
Hi Sergio! The finish carpentry license may only be obtained at a county level. The requirements may differ depending on the county. We have online courses and books to help prepare you for the exams necessary to obtain the license. I will attach a link below to a popular county so you may read upon the job description and requirements.
# Lucas slavador 2021-01-04 17:12
Necesito sacar la licencia de para concreto como dryway sidewalk curva ay examen para eso dan clases o no
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2021-01-05 15:28
Hola Lucas, te enviaré un correo electrónico para hacerte algunas preguntas más.
# AlexAlexander 2021-03-01 21:30
is there any where in Florida that allows this class and exam to be taken in Spanish? if not where can I enroll? I reside in Clearwater Florida
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2021-03-03 11:13
Hello Alex,

To better assist you, I have sent you a few questions via email. Thanks for your interest in our services.
# EVM 2021-04-15 10:07
Do you have a service that assist with filing the application for qualifying additional business under existing license and obtaining a financial bond for low credit score applicant (Florida)
# Contractor Licensing Experts 2021-04-20 09:54

At this time, we do not offer the services for the application. Please let us know if you have any further questions. Thank you very much!
# Jezra 2021-06-13 08:47
Which package would I need to be able to service residential and commercial pools and repair them in Broward county?
# Leah R. 2021-08-19 15:45
To be able to service and repair residential and commercial pools in Broward County, a Commercial Pool & Spa license is required. We offer the books and classes for this license. With our online courses, you can start studying the same day you register, you have unlimited access to this material and have access to in-person refresher classes.

This license includes the installation, repair, or replacement of existing equipment, any cleaning or equipment sanitizing which requires at least a partial disassembling, and the installation of new pool/spa equipment, interior finishes, installation of all perimeter and filter piping, construction of equipment rooms or housing for pool equipment, and installation of package pool heaters.

For more information on this license, please visit
# Georgie Plancher 2021-06-17 13:00

I just need to get licensed to do paver and brick walkways, driveway pavers, paver pool decks, repairs, patio pavers, retaining walls, summer kitchen, pressure washing, parking lots, steps, sealing. Is the classes are online? will I need to do the business class to? can I buy my own book elsewhere and just take the test? what kind of books will I need to prepare for the test please, if I don't do the class?

thank you for your time GOD bless!
# Leah R. 2021-08-20 11:19
To be able to complete the stated work, a General Contractor license is required.

We offer classes for the trade and business exams. These classes are online, and at your own pace, you have unlimited access to the study material and can take your time to study. We carry all the books for your exam in stock and are up to date with the most current editions.

The books and classes to prepare for the exam can be found by visiting
# Georgie Plancher 2021-06-17 13:01
I am in Lee county
# Idalia S. 2021-10-14 11:24
Hi Georgie! Thank you for your interest in our online courses and books. I have attached below the requested Paving License information where you have the option to choose if you would like to test with GITS©, Prov© , or Prometric© . We offer study materials for each testing company. Please do not hesitate to give us a call ! We will be very happy to assist any further questions you may have.
# Izadora 2021-08-23 21:13
Hello, good night.
Can I use ITIN Number to obtain the license? or is it only Social Security?
# Leah R. 2021-08-24 16:11

To obtain a Contractors License in Florida, you do need a social security number. The social security number is used on your application and other legal documentation.
# Jorge Gomez 2022-02-15 17:30
I live in North Carolina. I also need a social or i can do with my itin
# Aengels G. 2022-02-16 12:03
Hello J.andresgomez,
The social security number is used on your application and other legal documentation, so we recommend you to have your social security.
# BridenCool 24 7 AC Corp 2021-09-12 22:47
i need info
# Idalia S. 2021-10-14 09:23
Hello BridenCool! When applying for a Contractor’s License you must meet the specific experience, financial requirements and pass the examinations and complete the application for the state to revise. For more information on requirements on a specific license please visit

To view the exact application forms for these licenses please visit
# juan joel almeida 2021-09-23 13:54
yo nenecito sacar una licensia de jandimen donde la saco
# Idalia S. 2021-10-13 16:17
Hola Juan! Para confirmar, en el estado de la Florida no existe licencia de handyman. Los trabajos de un handyman son muy limitados. Si está buscando hacer trabajos más significativos le recomendamos la licencia de contratista Residencial. Aquí le dejamos un enlace para que pueda ver una lista de lo que un handyman puede y no hacer en el estado de Florida y también otro con la información de la licencia de contratista Residencial.


# Hedva 2022-01-09 19:49
For garage door installment what kind of license do I need? Palm beach county Florida.
# Aengels G. 2022-01-10 09:44
Hello Hedva,
For garage door installment in Palm beach county, you will need the Garage Door Contractor (GITS) | Palm Beach, and we have the books and classes to prepare you to pass the Trade and Business exams.
# Yobany 2022-02-06 18:51
Peiving engineri
# Aengels G. 2022-02-07 10:06
Hola Yobany,
Dependiendo de del Estado y el Condado en la que se encuentre, tienes que pasar dos examenes, el de Technico y el de Negocios. Nosotros tenemos los libros y las classes para prepararte a pasar los dos examenes para obtener la Licencia de Contratista para Pavimentación en el Condado.

Agregaré un enlace abajo para la Licencia de Contratista para Pavimentación en el Condado de Lee (GITS©) que es en el estado de Florida, para mas informacion nos puede llamar al 866-986-7978.
# Junito 2022-02-09 23:13
Do you help to prepare the Application for Contractor License in VA?
# Idalia S. 2022-02-10 08:43
Hi Junito, we do not assist with the actual application process, but we may provide you with information on what steps to take and the links to guide you to the correct path. I have attached a link containing detailed information on obtaining a Virginia Contractor license, including the actual application on that page.
# Russ Uebelacker 2022-02-10 17:17
I had my Glass and Glazing till 2013. I didn't renew but now I would like to reinstate what do I need to do?
# Aengels G. 2022-02-11 09:30
Hello Russ,
Since your license expired, you would need to do the process again. For example, to obtain the Florida Glass and Glazing Contractor License, you must pass the Trade and the Business & Finance exams. We have the books and classes to prepare you to pass both exams.
# Jeff Rodabaugh 2022-03-13 13:18
If I have a BS in Civil Engineering with a 3.7 GPA from Syracuse U am I required to take the trade exams for certified general contractor?
# Aengels G. 2022-03-14 09:29
Hello Jeff,
With your BS in Civil Engineering with a 3.7 GPA from Syracuse, You will be exempt from taking the trade knowledge portion of the exam.
# Benitez 2022-05-28 19:25
i have the landscaping license but to do driveway pavers do i need the paver interlocking unlimited license?

and to do so do i need to retake the business and law test or does the last one county even though its been 4 years i took it?

and if i need to do the paver licenses does my years having my landscaping license count as trade work for the years i need for the application, or do i need to have worked at another paver company for 1 year to be able to use the work experience?
# Aengels G. 2022-05-31 09:19
Hello Benitez,

It will depend on the state and county you are located in, and if your license is still active you will not need to retake the Business and Law exam, only the trade exam. As well, you will need paver experience for the Paver Interlocking Contractor License.
# Lonnie 2022-06-02 15:19
I have a C-7 license here in CA, it says I can do reciprocity application for Limited energy license in Florida! How much do you charge for that?
# Aengels G. 2022-06-02 16:33
Hello Lonnie,

You must qualify under one of the options for the Endorsement in Florida. If you do not qualify you will need to take the Trade and Business to be able to obtain the Contractor License. Below is the link for the Endorsement qualifications. If you do qualify, you will need to contact the DBPR to obtain the price.
# Hank 2022-06-05 17:55
where do i take the exam for obtaining my fire protection contractor 1 license? what is needed once i pass the exam?
# Aengels G. 2022-06-06 09:44
Hello Hank,
It would depend on the state you are in. For example, suppose you are in Florida. In that case, you will contact Pearson Vue to schedule your test, once you pass the exam, you will apply with DBPR in Florida, and they may ask you for proof of experience. For the Florida Fire Protection I Contractor License, you need four years of verifiable experience in the full-time employment of a Fire Protection System Contractor I.
# mayito 2022-08-14 23:16
Hello, I would like to know if with the Miami Dade County Journeyman license I can work in another county in the state of FL.
# Aengels G. 2022-08-15 11:30
Hello Mayito,

With a county license, you will need to pay a fee to the specific county building department, if you would like to work in other counties. With a Florida state license, you can work in any county, without paying a fee. For more information on the state licenses please click the link below.
# Matthew Barak 2022-09-16 00:23
Can you elaborate on what is meant by “experience” physical? What is the detail on this ask we need?
The board expects the applicant to have experience in the following areas of the Solar trade:
Swimming Pool/Spa Solar Heating Systems
Domestic Water Solar Heating Systems
Photovoltaic Systems
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-09-16 11:29
Hello Matthew, we recommend that you contact the state, and they will give you a more detailed explanation of what type of work you can list on the application. In the following link, you will be able to find their contact information.
# Pino Cellini 2022-11-21 21:24
Hello, I am a licensed plumber in Canada and I will be relocating to Florida. I am trying to enroll in the classes and purchase the necessary books needed. Unfortunately the information does not have any other countries besides the United States for delivery. Any thoughts? Thanks.
# Sharilyn Baez 2022-11-22 10:03
Hello, Pino! You can begin with the online courses, but at this time, we do not ship books to Canada. You can buy the books and mail them to someone in the United States; they can then send them to you.
# Oris A 2022-12-27 05:48
Do you have classes in person or just online, for General Contractor… Fort lauderdale area.
# Aengels G. 2022-12-27 10:52
Hello Oris,
Our courses are online, and you can start studying the same day, at your own pace and you'll have unlimited access to your study materials. You have access to the in-person refresher classes with the purchase of the courses, We offer them in Tampa, Orlando, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami (Spanish only for Miami).

For more information on a Florida General Contractor license please click on the link below.
# Al Pike 2023-03-01 08:37
If I want to become a qualifier for an Electrical company, do I still need to setup business comp and satisfactory Liens paperwork. I understand if I open a business I would, but how does it work otherwise.
# Sharilyn Baez 2023-03-01 13:44
Hello Al
You must coordinate with the management of the company you are qualifying to ensure that workers' comp policies are being carried for all non-exempt workers. When you apply to become the qualifying agent for the company, the state might require proof of said coverage.
When you apply for your license, your personal credit report typically includes a statement that indicates that all records have been searched at the federal, state, and local level, and this will include judgments and liens.
# Al Pike 2023-04-17 10:09
After I qualify and say down the road I want to start my own company, Do I have to go through this process again or do I just have to set up and meet the requirements for owning a business.
# Claudia Soto 2023-04-17 12:12
Hello Al,
If you are looking to obtain a Contractor License in the near future, you will have to go through the process again. If you do have a construction-related bachelor's degree with a 3.0 GPA, you will be exempted from the Trade exam, and you will need to take the Business exam. Down below, I will provide you with a link to more information on the General Contractor License in Florida. We have the books & classes to prepare you for the required exams. We also provide other States, such as Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, and more, as stated above.
# Kevin M 2023-04-13 14:28
I am trying to purchase the book for the Florida Underground Utility license trade and business, however it is not letting me add to the cart...
# Adam M 2023-06-03 16:32
Hi, I have over 4 years experience on the field working for a general contractor including 1 year as a supervisor in an other country between 2003-2008. How do I go about submitting a notorized work experience to make sure the board approves it before taking the classes and state exam? Thank you, Adam
# Claudia Soto 2023-06-05 10:15
Hello Adam,
We recommend contacting the DBPR, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; once you apply for the License, if asked, you would have to provide them with their proof of work experience.
Down below, I will provide you with their contact information to verify if you'd be able to submit that information before the test.
Customer Contact Center: 850-487-1395
# Elizabeth Rodriguez 2023-06-28 09:56
What type of license is needed to install Closets in Lee County, Florida?
# Claudia Soto 2023-06-28 10:36
Hello Elizabeth,
Typically, we offer a General Contractor License or Residential if you want to alter the structure or build closets inside a new property. If you install a pre-built closet and have purchased it, you will not need a license. Down below, I will provide you with links to each license for more information on the licenses and the books & courses we offer.
# Filip 2023-08-11 12:25
We own a Roofing company that works with a Qualifier for the roofs. Can we obtain a Solar Qualifier License for our business, as US Residents with a Social Security number or do we need any other licenses to be able to get that PV Solar Installation license.

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