Why You Shouldn’t Work as an Unlicensed Contractor

In Florida, working as an unlicensed contractor is illegal. In fact, it’s a criminal offense. For this topic, the information we will share comes directly from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR).

If you want to be a contractor, it is in your best interest to get a contractor’s license. If you don’t, not only will you be eligible for fewer jobs, but you run the risk of getting caught working unlicensed, and being charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

Besides having an offense against you on your record, you can also be subject to court-ordered monetary restitution.

If you are in trouble, the homeowners you work for don’t even have to end up paying an you, as an unlicensed contractor, even if the work was done well. Now, not all contracting work requires a license, and there are exemptions. In order to fall under an exemption, you must to make sure you are working legally and properly (licensed required or not) so you will not get in trouble with the homeowner, state, or DBPR.

Currently, the DBPR has a hotline and a mobile app that allows people to report unlicensed activity on the go. This makes it very easy for people to report unlicensed work and workers. It’s not easy to work unlicensed anymore. The DBPR also has a Division of Regulation hosts events to spread awareness to perform stings and sweeps in the communities to stop and educate on unlicensed activity.  In 2016, the organization has conducted more than 921 unlicensed activity outreach events, 49 stings, and 828 sweeps.

Don’t risk your future or career by practicing unlicensed activity illegally. If you are worried about the contractor licensing process, don’t be. We can help you. We can make it easy and achievable for you, so you can have a successful career as a contractor instead of having a felony against you.

We are a group of trained professionals that will help you get your Florida contractor’s license fast. To get started on the process, click our contractor’s license page or our Florida contractor license page call us at 239-777-1028.


How to Upgrade Certain Florida Contractor Licenses

When you get certain contractor licenses, you can always upgrade down the line, especially if you want to pursue a higher-level job. After a period, certain certified licenses are eligible to be upgraded. Licenses that can upgrade include: HVAC – Class C, HVAC –Class B, Residential, Building, Swimming Pool Servicing, Residential Pool Contractor.

If you have one of the above contractor specialty licenses, you may be eligible to upgrade your license. When you upgrade your license, you will have access to more jobs, better jobs, and higher-paying jobs. With a higher-level license, you are beginning to work your way up the contracting world. You will have more work opportunities and options due to your advanced license.

However, there are some stipulations that occur for eligibility; these include:

  • Trade tests for the higher-level license must have been passed within four years of submission.
  • Business and Finance Exam needs to be taken for the original licensure process.
  • License must be in active status for a certain amount of time.

It’s always a good idea to upgrade your contractor license. More money. More work. More credibility. More skills.

At our contractor licensing company, we are a team of professionals that help people get their contractor’s licenses, as well as renew and upgrade their licenses. We don’t just fill out forms for people, but rather we analyze each individual situation and use a person’s information strategically to build an application that will be easily approved. We give unlimited time to our clients by answering any and all questions. With us, clients have no forms to fill out. Ninety-five percent of our clients work with us through email or fax.


Our contractor licensing company can make upgrading a Florida contractor’s license easy. We will pull together all the things needed to complete the Florida contractor license application. We will let you know what courses, tests, exams, and experience you need or are missing.  Our goal is to make the process smooth and simple for you.

We are a Florida contractor licensing company but help people in all states get licensed. To get started on the process, click our contractor’s license page or our Florida contractor license page call us at 239-777-1028.