Is Your Contractor Licensed? BBB and DBPR Team Up to Keep Floridians Safe from Unlicensed Contractors

Is Your Contractor Licensed?

Choosing the right professional, a licensed professional, is one of the most essential aspects when deciding which business you choose

Licensed and Insured! That’s what it said in his advertisement. We hear about this all too often; contractors claiming to be licensed, but can they perform the scope of work you are requesting for your home renovation project? Hiring an unqualified, unlicensed contractor can lead to headaches and lost money. This is why BBB and Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation have remained partnered to help Floridians avoid falling victim to unlicensed contractors.

It is important that consumers thoroughly research professionals and businesses prior to hiring and to report any suspected unlicensed activity. Unlicensed activity is against the law. BBB and DBPR take unlicensed activity very seriously because it threatens the safety of Florida consumers and takes away business from properly licensed professionals throughout the state.

Together, BBB and DBPR have the tools to help consumers find licensed professionals they can trust. Remember to look for the BBB Accredited Business Seal when choosing a contractor to know they are properly licensed and have been vetted against BBB’s Standards for Trust including a commitment to be responsive, advertise honestly and honor their promises. Always verify a contractor’s license by visiting, calling (850) 487-1395 or by downloading the free DBPR Mobile app.

Your BBB provides information on how to find properly licensed professionals, including an easy to use checklist. Resources to help businesses build trust in the marketplace are also available at your local BBB office. …

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