With many types of contractors and contracting companies, it can be hard to tell which contracts are qualified and licensed to perform certain jobs. Since there is no central agency who holds contractor records, each state is responsible for maintaining and distributing contractor licenses. In Florida, the state Department of Business Professional Regulation oversees contractors who are applying for a new license or renewing an expired license. Using the online website set up by the department, you can search for the details of a contractor's license number with a few clicks of the mouse.
Visit the Florida Department of Business Professional Regulation website (see References). Since there is no national regulation for contracting licenses, the Florida state board is responsible for the license database for contractors.
Select the "Search by License Number" option and click the "Search" button.
Type in the license number in the text box under the "License Information" section.
Click on the drop-down menu in the "Additional Search Criteria" section and select the type of contractor you are searching for. Since each contractor license has different license types and qualifications, you can perform a more specific search if you know the type and qualification of the contractor. Press the "Search" button to continue.
Review the matches. If there is a match with the contractor's license number, information about the name of the contractor, license type and license expiration date will be displayed on the page.