Food Handler/Manager Permits
515 S Liberty St
Independence, MO 64050
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, except for most government holidays
Phone: (816) 325-7803
Who needs a Food Handler/Manager Permit?
- All food service employees in Independence are required to obtain a Food Handler Permit.
- All food service managers in Independence are required to obtain a Food Service Manager Permit.
- Food establishments must have at least one permitted Food Service Manager on duty at all times.
How do I register for a class or renew my permit?
You may pre-register for a class with a credit/debit card by using the online system or by calling (816) 325-7803. Food Handler (not Manager) Permits can be renewed online without attending a class if you have previously had an Independence Food Handler Card. Additionally, computers are available at the Independence Health Department at 515 S. Liberty Street in Independence to pre-register/renew and pay by credit/debit card, cash, check or money order.
Important Information Regarding Classes
All classes are held at:
Independence Health Department
515 S. Liberty Street
Independence, MO 64050
Driving directions are at the bottom of the page
Classes start promptly at scheduled time. No one will be admitted after the class has started. Please verify you know where we are located, arrive early and bring a photo ID.
Classes will be canceled if the Independence Schools are canceled due to inclement weather.
Food Handler Permit Information
Classes last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes and cost $15.
Participants receive a Food Handler Permit after successfully passing a written test. These permits are valid for three years and may be renewed online or at the Independence Health Department.
Classes in English
Pre-registration is required.
Classes in English are held on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm. Additionally, there is an 8:30 am class on the third Wednesday of each month.
Classes in Spanish (Clases en Espanol)
Las clases duran aproximadamente una hora y quince minutos y cuesta $ 15. Las clases se imparten en el Departamento de Salud de la Independencia en 515 S Liberty. Lleve consigo su tarjeta del Seguro Social o licencia de conducir con usted a la clase. Es necesario llegar a clase a las 8:15 am. Llame al (816) 325-7803 para obtener más información o si tiene otras preguntas.
A continuación se muestra un calendario de fecha de la clase disponible.
- Marzo 12
- Marzo 26
- Abril 9
- Julio 16
- Julio 30
- Augusto 13
Instrucciones para llegar a ubicaciones de clase:
Departamento de Salud de la Independencia
515 S. Liberty Street, Independence, MO
Desde la I-70
Ir hacia el norte por Ruta Noland aproximadamente 3 km a Walnut Street. Doble hacia el oeste, vaya a 3 cuadras de la calle Libertad, a la izquierda. Continuar a 2 cuadras de la calle 515 S. Liberty.
Desde la I-435
Salga de la I-435 en Truman Road y gire hacia el este. Vaya aproximadamente 4 millas a Liberty Street. Gire hacia el sur por la calle Libertad.
Classes in Chinese (Mandarin)
1st Wednesday of the month at 8:30 am. Pre-registration is not required. Please arrive by 8:15 a.m. to register.
Food Service Manager Permit
(Health Department class is in English Only)
Pre-registration is required. Classes are four hours in duration and the cost is $30.00.
Participants receive a Food Managers Permit after successfully passing a written test. These permits are valid for three years and are not renewable.
We do not have vending machines available but outside food and/or drinks may be brought into the classroom.
Duplicate/Replacement Cards, Transfers and Alternate Training
Please bring your picture ID and $5 to the Independence Health Department.
Transfer cards from other jurisdictions*
The Health Department recognizes training conducted by most local jurisdictions and will transfer their cards for a $5 fee. Please bring your current card and picture ID to Independence Health Department. Permits are valid for a maximum of three years. Permits will expire on the expiration date of the transferred card if it is sooner than three years.
Alternate training such as a ServSafe certificate is acceptable in place of attending the Health Department class. Please bring your alternate training certificate and picture ID to the Independence Health Department. Food Handler Permits are $15 and Food Service Manager Permits are $30. Permits are valid for a maximum of three years. Permits will expire on the expiration date of the alternate training if it is sooner than three years. We accept the following:
Alternate Training for Food Handler Permit
- State Food Safety
- ServSafe Starter
Alternate Training for Food Service Manager Permit
- ServSafe Manager Certification
- Safe at the Plate
- Certified Professional Food Managers, 360training.com
- Culinary degrees
*A short quiz may be required for transfers and alternate training. This depends upon the source of the transfer or training.
Driving Directions to the Independence Health Department
Go north on Noland Road approximately 3 miles to Walnut Street. Turn west (left), go 3 blocks to Liberty Street, turn south (left). Continue 2 blocks to 515 S. Liberty Street on east (left) side.
Exit I-435 at Truman Road and head east. Go approximately 4 miles to Liberty Street. Turn south (right) on Liberty Street. Continue 5 blocks to 515 S. Liberty Street on east (left) side.