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  4:07:20 PM 5/27/2016
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CILB 10 - Endorsement as Individual Certified Specialty Contractor

This application is for individuals who are licensed in another state and wish to obtain licensure in Florida without taking the state certification examination. Please note that endorsement application requirements are very stringent and rarely approved by the Construction Industry Licensing Board. Specialty contractor licenses are available in 18 categories - Drywall, Structure, Solar Water Heating, Marine, Gas Line, Swimming Pool Layout, Swimming Pool Structural, Swimming Pool Excavation, Swimming Pool Trim, Swimming Pool Decking, Swimming Pool Piping, Swimming Pool Finishes, Tower, Irrigation, Demolition, Residential Pool/Spa Servicing, Industrial Facilities, and Glass & Glazing.

Application Requirements:
  • DEFINITIONS: Endorsement is licensure of individuals who hold a substantially equivalent license in another state and would like to become licensed in Florida based on their out-of-state license.

  • AGE: An individual applying for certification must be at least 18 years of age.
  • EXPERIENCE/EDUCATION: Applicants for endorsement will need to demonstrate they meet all of the requirements for Florida certification, have passed an examination that is substantially equivalent to the Florida examination, and meet the Florida experience requirements.
  • FINANCIAL/CREDIT: Applicants will need to provide proof of 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 Financial Responsibility and Stability website.
  • OUT-OF-STATE LICENSE: The applicant must possess a valid license to practice contracting issued by another state or territory of the United States.
  • FINGERPRINTS: An applicant must have a background check as part of the licensing process. To learn more about fingerprinting, please visit our fingerprint FAQs.
  • INSURANCE: Applicants are required to attest that they have obtained public liability and property damage insurance in the amounts determined by Board rule. Applicants are also required to obtain workers compensation insurance or obtain an exemption from workers compensation insurance within 30 days of issuance of their license.
  • FEE: Pay the required fee as provided in the application. Make check payable to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Military veterans, their spouses and Florida National Guard members may be eligible for a fee waiver, fee reimbursement, and/or fee discount. Please visit our DBPR Military Services page for more information.
  • APPLICATION: Complete the application by clicking on the "Printable Application" link at the bottom of the page.

  • MORE INFORMATION: Learn more about this profession's application requirements (use the back button or arrow to return to this page).

If you have questions or need assistance in completing this application, please call the Customer Contact Center at 850.487.1395 or use our convenient contact form.

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