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Contractor State Licensing Requirements

by 411 on Mar 14, 2013

List of contractor license requirements by the state in the US. How do you find out if a contractor is licensed with links to each state's licensing board? Always check with your state, county and city requirements before any work is done. You could also consider working with your local Builder's Associations.

Alabama

Alabama Board of Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors
State license for home improvements over $10,000
State License Board (334) 242-2230
License Verification
HVAC Licensing (334) 242-5550
Laws, Rules & Regulations

Alaska

Alaska Division of Professional Licensing
State license required
State License Board (602) 542-1525

Arizona

Arizona Registrar of Contractors
License Verification

Arkansas

Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board
State license required for commercial jobs over $20,000
State License Board (501) 372-4661
License Verification

California

California Contractors State License Board
State license required for jobs over $500
State License Board 1-800-321-2752
License Verification Laws

Colorado

Colorado State Electrical and Examining Board of Plumbers
License Verification
Electrical and Plumbing - Laws, Rules & Policies

Connecticut

License Verification
Contractors must register with the Home Improvement Division
Laws
(860) 713-6000

Delaware

License Verification
Contractors are licensed through the Department of Revenue
Business License Assistance

District of Columbia

License Verification
District of Columbia Department of Consumer & Regulator Affairs
(202) 442-4320

Florida

License Verification
Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board
Contractors who wish to work statewide must pass a state exam
To work in a specific county, must possess a registered license
State License Board (850) 487-1395

Georgia

License Verification
Plumbing, Electrical, HVAC only requires licensing.
State Board of Construction (912) 207-1416

Idaho

Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses
Idaho State Contractors Board

Proposed Laws & Rules

State license required only for HVAC and electrical contractors
Check local government for others 208-327-7326

Illinois

License Verification
State license required for plumbing, roofing, and electrical.
Check local government for other requirements.
State License Board (217) 782-0458

Indiana

License Verification
Local government

Iowa

License Verification
Contractors are licensed through the Labor Division
Call (515) 281-3606

Kansas

License Verification

Kentucky

License Verification
Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction
Statutes & Regulations
Building Code Enforcement
Only HVAC contractors require a state license, check local government for others
HVAC License: Department of Housing, Building & Construction (502) 564-8090

Louisiana

License Veridication
Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
Contractors Licensing Board 800-256-1392
State license required for commercial contractors.

Maine

License Veridication
Maine Public Protection Office (207) 626-8849

Maryland

License Verification
Maryland Home Improvement Commission
Check local government Law for contractor registration
Home Improvement Commission (410) 333-6309

Massachusetts

License Verification
Home improvement contractors must register with Director of Home Improvement (617)727-8598
Builders (new construction), require a Construction Supervisor's License
Cashier's Office/Licensing (617) 727-3200

Minnesota

License Verification
Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry
Building Code
State License Department (651) 296-6319
Plumbers licensed through the Department of Health (651) 215-0836

 

Mississippii

License Verification
Mississippi State Board of Contractors & Laws
(601) 354-6161

Missouri

License Verification
No state license required, check local government

Montana

License Verification
Construction Contractor Registration
State license required only for government jobs, check local government for others

Nebraska

License Verification
State license required only for Journeyman Electricians, check local government for others

Nevada

License Verification
Nevada State Contractors Board
Rules, Regulations & Statutes
State license required
State Contractors Board (702) 486-1100

 

New Jersey

New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs

License Verification

Laws and Regulations

State license required for builders (new construction)
Check local government for home improvement contractors
Office of Community Affairs (Licensing) (609) 984-1704

 

 

New Mexico

License Verification

New Mexico Construction Industries Division
Contractors must register with Construction Industries Division (505) 827-7030
Rules & Law

New York

No state license required, check local government

 

North Carolina

License Verification

North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors

North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors

State license required for jobs over $30,000 (labor & materials)
Others check local Department of Revenue
State License Board (919) 571-4183
State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors
Laws & Rules

 

 

North Dakota

 

North Dakota State Electrical Board

License Verification
State license required
North Dakota Secretary of State (701) 328-3665
Laws and Rules

Ohio

License Verification

Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board
No state license required, check local government

Laws/Rules

Oklahoma

License Verification
Oklahoma Construction Industries Board
State license required only for termite extermination
Check local government for others

Oregon

Oregon Construction Contractors Board

License Verification

State license required
Construction Contractors Board (541) 365-7484

Statutes & Rules

 

Pennsylvania

License Verification

No state license required, check local government

 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board

State license required
(401) 222-1270

 

South Carolina

South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board

Contractors must register with South Carolina Residential Builders Commission 803-896-4686

Laws/Policies

 

South Dakota

Sewer and Water Contractor License through the state only. Check local government.

 

Texas

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation

License Verification

Plumbers, Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors
must be state-licensed.
Plumbing: 512-458-2145
HVAC: 512-463-6599
For all other contractors, check local government.

Statutes & Administrative Rules

 

Utah

Utah Construction Trades Bureau
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

License Verification

State license required
State License Board (801) 530-6628
Statutes & Rules

Utah Chapter ICC

 

Virginia

Virginia Board for Contractors
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation

License Verification

State license required
Board of Contractors (804) 367-8511

Law & Policy

Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code

 

Vermont

Business license required
Secretary of State (802) 828-2363

Washington

License Verification

Washington Department of Labor and Industries

Must register with State Department of Labor and Industries, Contractor Registration Division
Laws & Rules

 

West Virginia

License Verification

West Virginia Contractors Licensing Board
Division of Labor

State license required for jobs over $1,000 (labor & materials)
West Virginia Division of Labor (304) 558-7890

 

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Division of Safety & Buildings (608) 261-8500.

 

Wyoming

No state license required unless it is "wired" you must have both personal and company licenses. Contact the division of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety in Cheyenne

 

** Please note that we update our web site with updates when state requirements change; however always check with your state, county and city requirements before any work is done. If you find any of this information is incorrect, please contact us.

You could also consider working with your local Builder's Associations

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