Thursday, April 11, 2013

Licenses, Etc. - A DBPR Approved Credit Reporting Agency

In Florida, to work as a State Certified Contractor the Department of Business & Professional Regulation’s Construction Industry Licensing Board requires all applicants need to provide credit reports personally and on the business entity they want to qualify. Both credit reports must indicate that local, state, and federal records have been searched and personal credit reports must contain a FICO derived credit score.

Licenses, Etc. is now on the Florida DBPR’s List of approved Credit Reporting Agencies!

Our credit reports include:

  • FICO Score
  • Statement that Public Records have been searched at the Local, State and Federal Levels

So whether you need just a report run or you need an entire application service, call the team at Licenses, Etc.

Credit Report FAQs

Why do I need a Credit Report to get a Contractor’s License?
Your Personal Credit Report enables the State to make a decision on your Financial Responsibility and lets them ensure that the contractor applying for the license is Financially Responsible.

Why do I need a Credit Report for a newly formed business?
They are checking for open liens, judgments and bankruptcies. The State requires that all companies must have a credit report included in the application. The fact that it is a new company does not negate the need to have a report run on that company.

Can I have I have any open bankruptcies, judgments or liens?
The company, applicant and any officer of the company cannot have any unpaid Liens, Judgments or non-discharged Bankruptcies. You will be required to show legal documentation of satisfaction or discharge as proof in order to have your application reviewed.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Congratulations, March licensees!

Congratulations to the following Licenses, Etc. clients who were approved in March:

Any questions? Call Lisa at 239.777.8321 for more information.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Alert! BOGUS Certificate of Status Request Form

If you recently set up a new business on the Department of State, Division of Corporations website (, you may be sent a 2013 Certificate of Status Request Form. Please be aware that this is NOT required to complete any registration process with the state.

These notices are NOT from the Dept. of State, Division of Corporations. The request asks you to make checks payable to Florida Center of Corporations for a fee of $54.47. Do NOT confuse these notices with the messages sent by the Division of Corporations. If you receive this letter--toss it out. This is NOT an official government document, it is a SCAM.

They cleverly are stating that “You have one step left to receive your Florida certified certificate of status.” It appears to the untrained eye that this means there is one step left to be active with the state of Florida. If you are in need of a Certificate of Status for any reason, they can be obtained directly from the Dept. of State, Division of Corporations for only $5 for an LLC and $8.75 for a Corporation.

This should also in no way be confused with your annual report. You DO need to file an annual report with the Department of State, Division of Corporations (AKA Sunbiz), but these are two separate issues. Annual Reports can be filed online directly at or you can call us for help with the filing. THESE MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MAY 1ST TO AVOID A $400 LATE FEE.

As always, the team at Licenses, Etc. is here to help you in any way that we can. If you have any questions or need assistance, give us a call. We can help make sure that you don’t get scammed.