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Any contractor or homeowner hiring a contractor needs to know the licensing requirements for your state.

Contractor Licensing Requirements – State by State

Any contractor or homeowner hiring a contractor needs to know the licensing requirements for your state.

Otherwise, you could be facing fines, removal of your project without compensation, or a dangerous situation at your home. Contractors can face jail time, and unlicensed contractors may not have any legal recourse if their client refuses to pay.

In general, licenses are needed for the following:

  • Commercial contracting
  • Residential contracting
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • HVAC
  • Gas
  • Asbestos/hazardous waste remediation
  • Department of Transportation (road work)

Some states have dollar amounts for determining which jobs you must have a license for. This is the total cost of the job including labor, materials, etc. If no dollar amount is listed, then there is no minimum or maximum.

Licensed vs. Registered

Some states require licensing while others require registration. The difference between the two is this:

  • Licensing involves passing exams and meeting certain criteria to prove reasonable competency in a trade.
  • Registration is a written record of who is performing the work. It doesn’t guarantee expertise or competency.

Find Your State Requirements:

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas
California Colorado Connecticut Delaware
Florida Georgia Hawaii  

 

Alabama

http://genconbd.alabama.gov/default.aspx

Alaska requires a separate license for commercial and residential contractors. Non-residential contractors aren’t required to take an exam, but residential contractors need to complete the Alaska Craftsman Home Program or post-secondary course in Arctic engineering, followed up by an Endorsement Application for Residential Construction.

Plumbers, electricians, and those who work with asbestos abatement, hazardous paint, boilers, and explosives must also have a Certificate of Fitness for the Trades.

License search: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/cbp/Main/CBPLSearch.aspx?mode=Prof

 

Alaska

http://www.contractors-license.org/ak/ak.htm

Alaska requires a separate license for commercial and residential contractors. Non-residential contractors aren’t required to take an exam, but residential contractors need to complete the Alaska Craftsman Home Program or post-secondary course in Arctic engineering, followed up by an Endorsement Application for Residential Construction.

Plumbers, electricians, and those who work with asbestos abatement, hazardous paint, boilers, and explosives must also have a Certificate of Fitness for the Trades.

License search: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/cbp/Main/CBPLSearch.aspx?mode=Prof

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