Renewing Your Florida Contractor's License as an Out-of-State Contractor


Part of ensuring the continuity of your work as a contractor is having an up-to-date and current license. If you have a Florida contractor's license, the state requires you to renew it every two years to avoid fines or license revocation. You will receive a letter containing payment information and renewal requirements 60-90 days before your due date for renewal.

The license renewal process can be confusing and inconvenient, especially if you live outside of Florida. This article will simplify for you the Florida contractor renewal requirements, including the Florida contractor CE courses you need to get your contract renewed.   

Renewing Your Florida Contractor's License as a Contractor Residing in Another State

If you work or live outside the State of Florida but would like to renew your Florida contractors license, you do not need to travel to Florida. You can meet all the requirements and get a renewal license within the comfort of your state.

One of the requirements is completing an approved 14-hour CE (continuing education) class, which means you should start by finding education courses that meet the requirements. One of the best construction licensing schools in Florida is Construction Estimating Institute (CEI).  CEI provides convenient out-of-state Florida contractor CE courses that meet the requirements for your Florida contractor renewal. 

Where are Florida Contractor CE courses offered?

Besides Florida, CEI offers Florida contractor CE classes in Atlanta, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago, Dallas, Charleston, Birmingham, Mobile, and Charlotte. Classes will take place on the following dates as per the state:

  • Nashville, TN - February 20-22, 2024
  • Chicago, IL -  February 26 -28, 2024
  • Las Vegas, NV - March 5-7, 2024
  • Dallas, TX- March 19-21, 2024
  • Atlanta, GA- March 26-28, 2024
  • Charleston, SC - April 3-5, 2024
  • Birmingham, AL - April 9-11, 2024
  • Mobile, AL - April 17-19, 2024
  • Charlotte, NC -  April 24 -26, 2024   

What Florida Contractor Renewal Regulations Apply To Licensed Florida Contractors?

There are renewal regulations you must meet as a licensed Florida contractor. These include: 

1. Completing 14 Hours Of Florida Contractor Continuing Education (CE) Courses

As a licensed Florida contractor (your license begins with "C") seeking license renewal, the CILB requires you to complete 14 hours of board-approved CE every two years before the renewal deadline. The 2-year cycle ends on August 31st of even-numbered years. Each 14-hour study package must meet CILB's mandatory 7 hours of required plus 7 hours of general credit. 

The mandatory areas of study that you must complete as per the state regulations are at least one hour of the following study areas:

  • Workplace Safety
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Business Practices
  • Advanced Module Building Code training
  • Laws and Rules
  • Wind Mitigation (Division I and Roofing, Specialty Structure, Glass/Glazing)
  • Pool Electrical Safety (Commercial and Residential Pool)

The remaining hours go to general credits.

2. Submitting Your Renewal Request Online And Making Payments 

The Florida contractor renewal process requires that you submit your renewal request online and fill in your personal information, address changes, email, business information, and payment.  You also pay a renewal fee of $105 and $30 for active and inactive licenses respectively. After the  August 31, 2024 deadline, the fee rises to $130 and $55 for active and inactive licenses respectively. 

When logging into your DBPR Account, you will be able to pay the renewal fee within the renewal period and check to see if the CE hours have posted to your account. CE hours may take 1-2 weeks to appear in your DBPR account. 

What Can You Expect From Construction Estimating Institute (CEI)?

If you reside or work outside of Florida and would like to take Florida contractor CE courses, you do not need to travel to Florida. CEI (Construction Estimating Institute) offers convenient in-person classes across the nation for out-of-state contractors to renew their Florida contractor licenses. At CEI, we provide three distinct days of engaging sessions, which includes a total of 14 hours of CILB Florida contractor renewal requirements, as well as an add-on industry training day.

We are the leading Florida contractor exam preparation provider, with a guarantee to pass your exams. At CEI, we offer you the lowest book pricing, highest student pass rate, modern learning management system, and individualized assistance from industry-best licensed instructors. 

Sign up for our out-of-state Florida CE courses to begin your Florida contract renewal process today!

For questions, give us a call at (800) 423-7058.