Friday, June 29, 2012

Glass & Glazing No Longer Requires State Licensing

The state giveth and the state taketh away.  Governor Scott signed a legislative bill that repeals the Glass and Glazing contractor category from the mandatory Division II licenses. Yes, we know, they just created this category last year! The new rules will take effect July 1st.

What does this mean for you if you were one of the many that went for the Certified Glass and Glazing Contractor license? It means that your license number is going to change.  Those license numbers began with CGG. They will now be reclassified to the Certified Specialty Contractor license (SCC).

If you are one of the many that are getting into this trade, it means that this is not a mandatory state license. You can be licensed to do this work on a county level OR a state level. If you are confused, don’t worry, you are not alone. You can always give the gals at Licenses, Etc a call to find out the specifics. But if you want to read up on it for yourself, visit and check out the hot topic that is top of the list.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Renewing a License

It’s that time again. Time for Florida contractor license renewal!  Unless your license is brand new, you should have received a renewal notice in the mail from the DBPR.  There are two parts to the process of renewing any Florida construction license:
  1. Paying the renewal fee 
  2. Completing the requisite CEU courses
Let’s start with the CEU hours.  The vast majority of you will need to do 14 hours to renew your license, as the state requires 14 CEU hours for each 2 year renewal cycle.  For those of you that will have been licensed for less than 2 years at the time of renewal (8/31/12 for Certified Contractor, and Certified Electrician or 7/31/12 for Home Inspector or Mold) your CEU requirements are less:
  • People licensed as a Home Inspector, Mold Remediator or Mold Assessor are not required to do any CEUs at all for this renewal cycle.  
  • Certified Contractors and Electricians are required to do 7 hours if they received their license between 8/31/10 and 8/31/11 and are exempt from CEUs for this cycle if they received their license 9/1/11 or later.  
We are sure you’ve been bombarded with offers from different education providers; there are many options available both online and classroom.  Just keep this one tidbit in mind when you schedule your courses:  No classes taken prior to 8/31/12 will be rolled over to the 8/31/14 renewal cycle. So if you take more hours than you need, you’ll be gaining knowledge, but won’t be gaining a head-start on the future renewal cycle.

Now onto the fee payment.  About a year or so ago the DBPR upgraded their online system, so unless you’ve been onto their website pretty recently you’ll probably have to re-register your information with them. We posted a comprehensive how-to on this which you can read here:, however, the state does now have more condensed instructions here:

There are also tutorials available on DBPR website: 

So anyway, once you’re logged on, it looks like this:

 Click on the license you’d like to renew from those listed on the right.  

Then you get this screen:

  • Select Renew from the options shown. 
  • A disclaimer screen explaining CEU information pops up.  Read it, and then select Next.
  • A screen with your name, birthday and SSN pops up.  Select Next.
  • A screen with your main address pops up (see below).  If you’d like to change that address, click the “main address” button and you’ll be able to update.  If you’d like to add an additional address (license location, license mailing) or add an additional phone number, click “add”.  Otherwise, select Next.

  • A summary page pops up confirming any changes and providing the information that will be saved into the system.  Read and if all is good select Next, otherwise select Previous to make changes.
  • Complete the Attest Statement by selecting “Yes” and the pressing Submit.

A payment screen pops up showing what you owe to renew.  Click PAY NOW to complete the transaction OR click SUBMIT ADDITIONAL APPLICATIONS if you have more than one license that needs to be renewed.

You have the option of paying by credit card or electronic check.  To pay by credit card you will need to provide the name on the card, card type, card number and expiration date.  Once you have entered that information, select next.  The card will then be processed and a confirmation number will be provided.  You may want to print this screen for your records.

That’s it!  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Congratulations, May licensees!

Congratulations to the following 
Licenses, Etc. clients who were approved in May:
  •  Michael Bevacqua at MDB General Contractors, Inc. of Naples, FL
  • Gary Eckrote of Plymouth, PA
  • Derek Bate at Cinqcraft, Inc. A Florida Corporation of Melbourne, FL
  • Kashy Hubbell at Hubbell Contracting, LLC of Sarasota, FL
  • Paul Lentini at Lentini Consulting, Inc. of Jupiter, FL
  • Gary Fuchs at G&F Equipment Rental, Inc. of Oakland Park, FL
  • Jack Cole at Hilltop Investments of Walton Inc. of DeFuniak Spring, FL
  • Lance Jones at Lifeguard Systems Services, Inc. of Greencove Springs, FL
  • Thomas Pennington at Pebbleworks Pool Surface Applications, Inc. of Cape Coral, FL
  • Robert DeSantis at DeSantis Construction Management, Inc. of Fort Myers, FL
  • Pablo Arnaud at Above and Beyond Services and Construction, Inc. of Winter Haven, FL
  • Kyle Klewin at Klewin Construction, Inc. & Klewin Construction Services, LLC of West Palm Beach, FL
  • Clementina Osorio Munoz at Liberty Eagle Contracting Corp of Delray Beach, FL
  • Robert DeSantis at Contractor Systems Glass & Railing Inc. of Fort Myers, FL
  • Barbaro Fernandez at Professional Plumbing Services, Inc. of Naples, FL
  • Kent Goff at Goff + Goff Inc. of Roswell, GA
  • Wilfredo Rodriguez, Jr. at Ocean Restoration and Builder of Florida, LLC of Tampa, FL
  • Anthony C Ferguson at Benchmark South Construction LLC of Jupiter, FL
  • Kathleen Reed at Bruno Brothers, Inc. of Alva, FL
  • Joe Cestero of Atlanta, GA
  • Victor Lombardi at Waters Edge Estates, LLC of Vero Beach, FL
  • Robert Clark at Mill-Rite Woodworking Company, Inc. of Pinellas Park, FL
  • Bobby Lee Moore, Jr. at RDT Construction Group Inc. of DeLeon, FL
  • Antonio Abreu at Don Works USA, Inc. of Miami, FL
  • Michael Powell of Cape Coral, FL
  • John Leon McAnally at MCC and Associates, Inc. DBA McAnally Construction Company, Inc. of Rockwall, TX
  • George Crabtree of Naples, FL
  • Jason Orlando at Lando Construction, Inc. of Cape Coral, FL
  • David Gembala at Atlas Apex Roofing of Delray Beach, FL
  • Robert MacDonald at Marina Utilities, Inc. of Bonita Springs, FL
  • William Gaston Jr. at WKMJ, LLC of Naples, FL

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