Registered Contractor vs Licensed Contractor
The State of Florida has two main license types:
Registered contractors are contractors who have registered at the local level within a specific jurisdiction (like a City or County) and have fulfilled the competency requirements set forth by that jurisdiction, if any. As such, registered contractors may contract and provide services only in this specific jurisdiction.
For example, a contractor registered in Volusia county may only provide services in and within Volusia county. However, even as a registered contractor can provide services at the local level, it may run into issues IF the county where the work is to be performed ALSO requires a certified license.
Registered contractors are designated by an R occupation code as in, Registered Contractor (RC).
Certified contractors are contractors who possesses a certificate of competency issued within a specified jurisdiction (in this case, the State of Florida) and are allowed to contract in any jurisdiction in the state without being required to fulfill the competency requirements of that jurisdiction.
For example, a contractor certified in Florida may provide services in every county throughout the State of Florida.
Certified contractors are designated by a C occupation code – as in, Certified Roofing Contractor (CCC).
NOTE: You would think that if a Certified General Contractor is designated CGC, then the Certified Roofing Contractor would be designated CRC – but that designation is reserved for Certified Residential Contractor AND should not be confused with Registered Roofing Contractor (RR) either.