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04 November 2016

How to Get A Contractors License in California

If you are a contractor and new to the state of California, you’ll find out very soon that contractors in California must be licensed by the state in order to operate. The state is very concerned with protecting consumers from unscrupulous contractors who don’t play by the rules when it comes to working on residential or commercial property, roads and highways, or any other structures within the state.

There are 7 specific steps that an unlicensed contractor must follow to become licensed in California:

  1. The contractor must meet the following pre-requirements:
    • Must be at least 18 years old
    • Must have a valid social security number
    • Must have at least 4 years experience in the class you are applying for
  2. Determine your License Classification: All contractors are segregated into license classifications such as Class A (General Engineering Contractor), Class B (General Building Contractor), and Class C (Specialty Contractor) which is comprised of 41 separate licenses.
  3. Apply for Your Original Exam and include the following supporting documents:
    • Application for Original Contractor’s License (Video Available)
    • Certificate of Work Experience (Form 13A-11)
    • Project List Form (13A-6A) if applicable
    • Attach the $300 processing fee and mail with the listed documents to:
      CSLB Headquarters
      Contractors State License Board
      PO Box 26000
      Sacramento, CA 95826-0026
  4. Wait for a letter of acknowledgment from the CSLB.Your acknowledgment letter will contain your application fee number and a PIN number which can be used to check the status of your application. If denied, you will be notified and advised of the corrections needed to be made and how to resubmit your application. If your application is approved, you’ll receive your fingerprinting packet and your Notice to Appear for Examination.
  5. Complete your fingerprinting requirements.Follow the instructions in your fingerprint scan packet and then take the examination which takes about 3 hours and is multiple choice.
  6. After you have passed the exam, you’ll be notified of several additional requirements:

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  7. Send the above items to the CSLB as soon as possible.Your California Contractors License will be sent to you within about a week after your license is issued by the CSLB and will be valid for 2 years. CONGRATULATIONS!