HOW TO GET A CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE
Every state has unique contractor licensing laws.
Some states allow reciprocity with other states, while others
require you to complete the entire licensing process like everyone
else. There are also some states that do not require a formal
contractor's license to perform work. Read the following steps to
learn more about what you need to get your icense. Or contact us or
fill out the Free
Quote Request Form.
Step 1. License
Classification & Experience
The first step on the road to getting your contractor
license is determine what type of license you will need in order
to perform the work you would like to do. Many States vary on their
license classification names and/or codes. You will need to contact
the Contractors State Licensing Board
to obtain this information. Or contact our staff to help match your skills and experience with the appropriate license classification in any state that requires a license.
Step 2. Signing up for a Exam Date
The majority of states that require a contractor's license will
require that a qualified individual take and pass a trade and
a business and law exam. When you discover the type of license
the "State" will
require you to obtain, you can then schedule an exam date. Exam
date information can be obtained by contacting the Contractors State Licensing Board for your state, or give us a
call and we can assist you in signing up for the next available
Step 3. Sign up for a Seminar
If you are interested in taking a course to prepare you for the
state exam, we can schedule it for you. Seminars are GUARANTEED
to make the exam process less stressful for you. Contact us
to schedule a seminar for you.
Step 4. Take and Pass the State Exam
If the state you are applying for a license in requires an
exam, you MUST pass the state exam before you can apply for
license. If you are in a hurry, same day scoring is available
for most exams in most states. Some states will allow you
to use the "Same
Day" scores to apply for a license. We recommend that
you follow these Contractors State License Exam Preparation tips.
Step 5. Apply for your Contractor's License
Once you have passed your exams, it is time to apply
for your Contractor License. In most states your exam scores
a one (1) year period from the date you took the exam.
We suggest that you apply for your license as soon as you can.
services include the completion of all the licensing paperwork
is required. We have over 16 years of experience in completing
(It has been our experience that if an individual does
apply for their license within 4 to 6 months after passing
they usually will never apply for the actual license.)
6. Establish Business Entity
At this point, you will now need
to decide on what type of business entity your
company will be set up as. Your choices
are: Sole Proprietorship,
Partnership, Corporation, or
regarding setting up your business entity can be found in the "Licensing
Information Packet" that you can request from
the each Contractors State Licensing Board. Our company has
thousands of individuals in setting up their business
entities. We have experience with Foreign/Domestic
as well as sole proprietorships.
Step 7. Get Insurance
Most states require that you at least carry Workers Compensation
Insurance if you have any employees. Some companies may qualify
for an exemption from Workers Compensation Insurance. Another
commonly acquired insurance is General Liability Insurance.
This insurance covers the work that you and your employees
do not require that you carry this type of insurance, but we
highly recommend it. Feel free to contact