As I’ve been on the phone with Florida Construction License applicants after the April examinations, the word “expediting” seems to get thrown around a lot recently. Several folks who have called seem to think that application processors have a magical “in” up at the DBPR. If they are being told that or if they interpret their conversation as that, I do not know. However, the answer is – No, the DBPR is a government agency that cannot extend preferential treatment to some and not to others.
Many years ago back in my Civil days as a CAD/GIS consultant, we sent promotional t-shirts to a government entity and the hammer came down fast on us and the government employees who accepted those hokey t-shirts (which were good scrap shirts for painting…) Because the shirts were freebies, our company couldn’t imagine that we doing anything wrong, but we were told we were bad. After that, we were careful to check before we acted so that we didn’t not interfere with anyone’s career.
Back to the point:
The term expedite means to make an action or process happen sooner or be accomplished more quickly. What that means to a license applicant is that because we are familiar with the applications since that’s what we do for a living. It does help the applicant get the application sent out to the State of Florida DBPR more quickly than doing the application his or her own self and reduces the likelihood of mistakes on the application. There are many other valuable services that we provide; if you do not have time to fill out your registration paperwork for the different counties and cities, we can do that for you. If you need to license in another state, we can investigate and get you pointed in the right direction and help you with those applications, too. If you need to make changes to your company, we can help with that.
Expediting applications does speed up the process for most applicants who are not good with paperwork or are crunched for valuable time, but if a service tells you that they have someone at the State in their back pocket and can get you licensed faster for an additional $1,000, think on it for a minute.