One governmental licensing board to deal with. (DBPR
Electrical Contractors' Licensing Board)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the difference between a certified contractor and a
registered contractor? Certification: The applicant has taken
and passed the State Licensing examination and can practice
throughout the State of Florida. Registration: The applicant has
taken and passed a local competency examination and can practice
only within that locale.
Do I have to register every county in which I
wish to contract? Yes. Your registered license is only good for
the counties and municipalities which you registered with the
Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The application
to add an additional county is online at www.MyFloridaLicense.com>
Apply for a License.
Must I take an examination to become a
registered electrical or alarm contractor even if the county does
not require an examination? Yes. You need to provide proof you
passed an examination in the appropriate category before you can
obtain a registered license ( See Section 489.513, Florida Statues).
Can I hold a registered license and a
certified license at the same time? You can hold both a
registered license and a certified license at the same time only if
they are in different categories.. For example, an individual can
hold a registered electrical contractor’s license and a certified
alarm system contractor I license.
Can I perform alarm contracting with my
registered electrical (ER) license? No. Alarm contracting is not
within the scope of work for the ER license. You must hold a
registered or certified alarm license.
Do I need a license to install low voltage landscape lighting?
Yes. If you are not licensed as an electrical or alarm contractor,
you must have a limited energy (low voltage) specialty license.
Do I need a license to install low voltage
wiring such as cable TV outlets, satellite TV outlets, surround
sound speaker systems or computer networks? Yes, if you are
installing wiring within a structure for any reason including the
items listed a license is required. Low voltage wiring work (any
wiring under 98 volts) can be done by someone with a certified or
registered Limited Energy Specialty license, an Alarm System I or II
license, an Electrical Contractor License or a Residential
Electrical Specialty license. The license specifically for this work
is called the Limited Energy Systems Specialty.
Am I exempt for the low voltage wiring licensure requirement?
Probably not, the exemptions are listed in chapter 489.503, F.S. and
primarily apply to public utility companies and their direct
employees, not subcontractors. If you think you may be exempt you
should contact an attorney and petition the board for a declaratory
statement to ensure you are not engaging in unlicensed activity
which can carry a fine of up top $5000 per offense.
Do I need a license to perform telecommunication and/or fiber
optic work? Yes. If you are not licensed as an electrical or
alarm contractor, you must have a limited energy (low voltage)
specialty license unless you are licensed under Chapter 364, F.S.,
as a public service/utility company.
What work can I do with the Limited Energy Systems Specialty
License? This is the definition of the Limited Energy Systems
Specialty license. The scope of certification of a limited energy
systems specialty contractor includes the installation, repair,
fabrication, erection, alteration, addition to, or design of
electrical wiring, fixtures, appliances, thermostats, apparatus,
raceways, conduit, and fiber optics (transmission of light over
stranded glass) or any part thereof not to exceed 98 volts, when
those items are for the purpose of transmitting data, proprietary
video (satellite systems which are not part of a community antenna
television, cable television, or radio distribution system), radio
frequency, central vacuum, or electric locks, data distribution
networks, home theater systems, surround sound systems, public
address systems or telephone systems.
Do I need a license to sell alarm systems? Yes. The sale,
installation and service of an alarm systems falls under the scope
work of an alarm contractor. If you are selling
an alarm system that requires installation or monitoring, you must
have a license.
Who are the testing companies that offer
Florida county and local municipal exams? Prometric
Gainesville Independent Testing Service (GITS)
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