Florida Police Uncover Unlicensed Contractors; D.C. Deals with Background Check Backlog

By Michael Klazema on 11/22/2018

When the need arises for skilled work, contractors are a natural choice. This option often provides an easy way to tap into someone else's experience on an as-needed basis, especially when emergencies arise, and quick assistance is necessary. However, while access to professional contractors is essential, so is the ability to trust that they can safely and effectively carry out the work. That's where professional licensing comes in.

Contractor vetting is often far from simple: in Florida, police in Cape Coral recently nabbed several individuals operating home repair services without the appropriate licenses. Meanwhile, in D.C., complex check requirements have led to a shocking vetting backlog.

Unlicensed often means unvetted. In Florida and many other states, background checks such as the reports provided by are a routine part of acquiring a contractor's license; this basic step helps minimize high-risk situations that could otherwise emerge. In a sting operation, Cape Coral police sought to not only shut down unlicensed contractors but also to educate the public about why contractor licensing is so crucial. 

The need to thoroughly vet contractors for suitability is important and, in a local capacity, the licensing process makes sense. It can be efficient and streamlined, allowing for due diligence without creating an artificial labor shortage. In Washington, D.C., the government is currently struggling to cope with the consequences of a system that is by design slower and more complex. 

Nearly 750,000 applications for security clearances in the defense industry are stuck in limbo, with Forbes reporting that the average clearance time is now 18 months.

Though the government's process is deep and multifaceted, it shares surprising similarities in purpose with contractor licensing considerations. The defense industry requires qualified engineers and technicians, but the government must be able to trust that they are both capable and trustworthy enough to handle sensitive and secret material. While security clearance responsibilities were recently transferred back to the Department of Defense, the backlog continues to grow, and new processes are under investigation to potentially automate certain aspects of the process.

Unlicensed contractors in Florida and defense professionals seeking secret or top-secret clearances with the government highlight the same issue: the difficult balance between meeting labor requirements and applying appropriate safeguards in contract-based work. At, we provide a robust contractor background check that can equip your business with a streamlined process for confirming the trustworthiness of a third party providing you with services. For individuals, our professional license verification can help to accomplish the same task. 

You may not need to demand a top-secret clearance for a roofing professional, but you can act responsibly to protect yourself and your property from the risks posed by unlicensed contractors.

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