Grandfathering and Reciprocity


On June 21, 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 1966, which reopens the grandfathering provision for registered contractors. Effective July 1, 2021, certain state-registered construction contractors can apply to grandfather their license into a certified license. For additional information please review sec. 489.118, Florida Statutes, or the FAQs.


Following recent updates to Florida Law, the Florida CILB has entered an agreement with the State of Louisiana that will allow Florida license holders to obtain Louisiana contractor licenses. The agreements with the State of Louisiana, effective June 2021, cover General, Commercial and Residential Contractors who have obtained 5 years of licensed experience. Applicants will be exempt from the respective trade exam and are likewise able to bypass some of the typical documentation when obtaining the same license in the new state. The remaining licensing requirements such as insurance, financial responsibility, and background checks remain applicable. Applicants will take a Business & Finance course prior to approval.

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