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How to File for a Business License in Florida

The moment is here! Finally, the world is opening back up, and with the economy slowly getting back on track, you’re seizing the moment to pursue your entrepreneurship goals with your own mold remediation or assessment business.

But before you start handing out flyers or knocking on doors, you need to get a Florida business license. Here’s what you need to know about filing for a mold remediator or assessor license:

Do I Even Need a Business License?

If you’re in the mold remediation or assessor business, the short answer is yes. It’s the law. You’ll apply and pay for a license with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Most fees for a business license are less than $100, so they won’t cost you an arm and a leg. However, if you’re a veteran, you may apply for a waiver. 

Important: If you refuse to apply for a license, your business will be closed, and you potentially face up to a year in prison. 

First, Get Proper Training and Take the Exam.

Let’s start with the obvious. You need to ensure you get the proper training. For example, as an aspiring Florida Mold Remediator, you are required to complete 24 hours of training in mold remediation education.

Next, you need to pay for and take the state exam to apply for licensure. Find out more on how to register for the next exam in your area. Once you’ve done all that, you’ll have to pass a criminal background check to obtain your license. 

You’ll Also Need an Associate’s Degree.

University tuition can be eye watering, but thankfully, you’ll only need a two-year degree from your local community college. However, if you’re currently trying to pay college tuition for your three kids, we understand there may not be a penny to spare. Here’s the good news in that case: if you’ve been in the industry for four or more years and have a high school diploma, you also qualify for licensure.

Get General Liability Insurance

In the state of Florida, you must have general liability insurance to get a business license. Life happens. An employee or customer may fall and require medical attention. Or a rival company may sue you for slander (even if it is a baseless claim). Liability insurance will cover the expenses that arise from normal business operations (check your individual plan for specific policy coverage). 

Fill Out the Application

Next, you need to fill out the application. In the sunshine state, you have the option to fill it out online or print it out and mail it in. Carefully read the instructions and mail in all the required materials. You don’t want your entrepreneurial dreams to be dashed because you forgot to include a document or didn’t fill out the application completely! 

Getting Your Florida Business License

Starting your mold-related business is a huge step forward in your career. As a business owner, you’ll be in demand with a variety of corporations and families. While it may seem daunting, by following the step-by-step instructions from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, you can make the application process for your license as smooth as possible. 

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