What is the difference between a Registered and a Certified Contractor?

A Registered and a Certified Contractor are two forms of the license which the State offers. 

Certified Contractor

A certified contractor who has passed his examinations can work anywhere within the state. A certified License is slightly more expensive to get, but it allows you to work anywhere within the state.

What can a Certified Contractor Do? 

  • Air Condition
  • Building
  • General
  • Mechanical
  • Pluming
  • Pollutant storage
  • Pool/spa
  • Residential
  • Roofing
  • Sheet metal
  • Solar
  • Specially
  • Underground utility
  • Registration for a certified swimming

Registered Contractor

A registered contractor is registered by a local county or municipality and receives a competency certificate by the cities and licensing board. A Registered Contractor can only work in the counties or municipalities where they hold a local license. It also requires him/her to have been issued a certificate of competency by those jurisdictions. A registered license is cheaper to get and allows you to work in specific local jurisdictions in Florida only. Most people get a certified contractor license as it gives them more freedom to work anywhere in the state.

What can a Registered Contractor Do?

  • Registered Contractor Licenses
  • Air Condition
  • Building
  • General
  • Mechanical plumbing
  • Precision tank tester
  • Residential
  • Roofing
  • Sheet metal
  • Tank lining applicator
  • Underground utility
  • Limited nonrenewable
  • Registration for registered swimming

Certified and Registered Contractors License Renewal

When it is time to renew your license the DBPR will send you a notification that the renewal period is open, at which time you can renew your license(s). This will be 90-120 days before the expiration. All notices will be provided via email.

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