How To Get a California Contractors License

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Every contractor is required to get a license to provide services and do business legally. In California, the requirement for licensing is as rigid as all the other states. In fact, if you are going to work on a construction project exceeding $500 in cost. You will then be required to get licensed as a contractor. The process is pretty standard and straightforward. This being said, follow these simple steps to become a licensed contractor in the state of California.

  • Check your eligibility. In order to get your license, you will need to meet certain eligibility requirements imposed by the state of California. For starters, you have to be at least 18 years of age and your company or services must have at least $2,500 in working capital. You will be required to have a 4 year bachelor’s degree or the equivalent working experience in the particular field.
  • Determine the license class. There are 2 classes for a contractor’s license and is dependent on what type of contractor you are. If you are a general contractor which means you have no specialty but will dabble in most general fields of construction, then you should apply for a class B contractor’s license. On the other hand, if you are a specialist, then you will want a class A license in order to do business in the specific aspect of construction.
  • Apply. Visit the website of the state of California and download the application form. You will need to accomplish an application form that will require you to fill in the necessary information about you and your outfit. You will be required to attach all types of documents as well such as a credit report, financial documents, and proof of education or experience. Once you have everything ready, proceed with the submission of your application along with the licensing fees. Prepare about $400 all in all.
  • Take the exam. If your application has been approved, you will be notified and will be required to take a licensure exam. Some applicants may be exempted from the exam depending on the evaluation of the state board. If you are required, then make sure you are there taking it on the prescribed date. It is highly recommended to study for the exam as you wait for approval. There are many online resources you can check out to review for the exam. Doing a quick Google search should garner you some options. If you pass, then you will proceed with the final stage of processing which will be paying for the remainder of the fees for licensure and the contractor’s bond worth $12,500. You will be required to have worker’s comp and a contractor’s insurance policy as well.

Once everything has been submitted and paid for, your license should arrive by mail soon enough. The license will include a wallet card, which you should have with you at all times as proof of your license. Whenever a client hires you, you will be required to show the wallet card to ensure that the client will be working with a licensed contractor.


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