No. Handymen that carry out just modest repairs in Florida do not require a license. However, if your work will be the final component of a structure and the project costs more than $500, you must have a general contractor license. The following tasks can be completed by an unlicensed handyman in Florida: installing cabinetry and flooring; painting a home’s interior and exterior; doing simple yard work, and repairing drywall.

Keep in mind that you should always abide by the legal obligations set by the agency, regardless of whether you are acting as an independent contractor or not. Since each county has its unique set of rules, you should also confirm the municipal requirements.

Florida Contractor License

In order to legally work in the state of Florida as a general contractor, you must have a Florida contractor license. The Professional Regulation (DBPR), the Florida Department of Business, and the Florida Construction Licensing Board are the organizations that decide whether to accept or reject a prospective licensee’s application for a contractor license.

These organizations establish the prerequisites (education, skills, experience, et al) for obtaining a general contractor license in Florida. Each specialty and license have its own requirements.

Florida Contractor License Requirements

The requirements for applying for a license vary depending on the contractor’s specialty, nevertheless, the Board expects the majority of candidates to meet these basic requirements:

  • You must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Provide documentation demonstrating a credit score of at least 660. If your credit is less than perfect, you can get a surety bond.
  • Scan a digital fingerprint.
  • Describe your workers’ compensation and liability insurance coverage.
  • Take and pass the Florida State Construction Examination.
  • Your contractor licensing application should be completed.
  • The payment of application and license fees.

There are two major categories of contractor licenses in Florida, and they are registered licenses and certified licenses. A contractor (a handyman or woman) can legally work anywhere in Florida because a certified license can be used all across the state of Florida.

With a registered license, a contractor or a handyman is able to operate in particular local jurisdictions. After that, contractors can apply for a more specialized contractor license, such as a building contractor license, a residential contractor license,

An electrical contractor license, a general contractor license, a plumbing contractor license, an HVAC-A contractor license, a mechanical contractor license, an HVAC-B contractor license, a roofing contractor license, a commercial pool/spa contractor license, or a remodeling contractor license, after obtaining one of these types of licenses.

How to Get a General Contractor License in Florida

  • The Florida State Construction Examination application should be downloaded and completed.

Get the following paperwork together:

  • a credit score report as evidence of responsibility and stability in money matters.
  • evidence of your education and experience
  • A four-year combination of schooling and work experience is required.
  • If you choose to present this over passing the written exam, a copy of the Certificate of Competency issued by the local authority is required.

Once the application (for either the certified or ordinary license) has been finished, it should be forwarded to:

State of Florida

The Department of Business and Professional Regulation

1940 North Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32399-0783

For a certified general contractor license:
  • Before January 1, 2009, if all test portions were passed, $409.
  • Applications submitted after August 31, 2019, will cost $309.
  • $249 if any exam portion was successfully completed after January 1, 2009.
  • $149 for applications received after August 31, 2019.
For a registered general contractor license:
  • Applicants must pay $309 between May 1 of an odd-numbered year and August 31 of an even-numbered year.
  • Applicants must pay $209 between September 1 of an even-numbered year and April 30 of an odd-numbered year.
  • Applicants must make checks payable to the Professional Regulation, and Florida Department of Business in order to pay these fees.

Florida General Contractor Exam

Passing the Florida State Construction Examination is a requirement for those seeking a certified Florida contractor license. Please note that this test must be passed before you can start your contractor license application. You must pass all three sections of the exam:

  • Project Management
  • Business and Finance
  • Contract Administration

Please note that the paper-and-pencil portions 1 and 2 of the exam can be taken in Miami, Orlando, or Tallahassee. February, April, June, August, October, and December are the exam dates. Computers can be used for Part 3.

Applicants for a registered Florida contractor license may be required to submit a Certificate of Competency issued by the local building authority in the jurisdiction(s) in which they desire to work in place of passing the Florida State Construction Examination.

Please note that you must pay the sum of $135 for your registration fee and the sum of $80 for your exam site administration fee to take the exam.

In Conclusion,

In order to obtain a license in Florida, you must demonstrate that you have at least four years of professional experience in the field. The remaining three years may be used as an apprentice year or college credit, but only one of the four years may be supervisory experience.