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Alabama

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

Alabama needs a license for general contractors and subcontractors in the event the project price, including labor, is $50,000.00 for industrial and commercial projects, $10,000.00 for residential projects, and $5,000.00 for swimming pools.

License search: http://genconbd.alabama.gov/DATABASE-SQL/roster.aspx


Alaska

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

Alaska requires another license for residential and commercial contractors. Non-residential contractors are not required to take an exam, but residential contractors will need to finish the Alaska Craftsman Home Program or postsecondary course in Arctic technology, followed up by an Endorsement Application for Residential Construction.

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

Arizona

http://www.azroc.gov/l_class.html

Arizona has different licenses for residential and commercial work and has dual licensing to pay both on a single license. Residential construction is described as homes, townhomes, condos, cooperative units, and apartments with four units or fewer. A license is essential to bid on tasks of $750.00 or longer.

License search: http://www.azroc.gov/forms/contractorsearch.html

Arkansas

http://aclb.arkansas.gov/rulesRegs/Pages/default.aspx

A homeowner in Arkansas does not require a license to perform the job himself or herself. But a builder (if used) must be licensed if the job, including material and labor, exceeds $2,000.00. 

License search: http://aclb2.arkansas.gov/clbsearch.php

California

http://www.cslb.ca.gov/Contractors/

Generally speaking, California requires a license for jobs exceeding $500.00 whether on one project or multiple jobs at this amount.

License search: https://www2.cslb.ca.gov/OnlineServices/CheckLicenseII/checklicense.aspx

Colorado

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

General contractors are not licensed by Colorado. Rather, they are licensed locally. Electrical and plumbing contractors, however, are licensed by the state. Contractors are required to get a business license, but not every contractor is required to get a contractor’s license. Local regulations should be checked.

License search: https://www.colorado.gov/dora/licensing/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx

Connecticut

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

 


Connecticut contrasts between "major contractor" from "small contractor." A significant contractor is licensed to operate in institutional homes (care homes, jails, etc.), hotels/motels, multi-family homes, and other big sites. A small contractor is licensed to operate in private houses and small multi-family units. A license is necessary in case the job exceeds $200.00 for one job or if the annual job exceeds $1,000.00 total.

License search: https://www.elicense.ct.gov/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx

Delaware

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


Delaware requires a license for jobs exceeding $50,000.00. Digging water well and installing a pump needs another license in Delaware.

License search: https://dpronline.delaware.gov/mylicense%20weblookup/Search.aspx?facility=N

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Florida

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

Florida has two license types: licensed and registered. A registered contractor is licensed to operate at the local level, though a certified contractor can take work anywhere in the state. 

License search: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp?mode=0&SID=

Georgia

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

 

Georgia requires a license for work on detached single-family or two-family houses or single-family townhomes less than four stories tall, and also for projects exceeding $2,500.00. 

License search: http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/view/lid/49531

Hawaii

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

Hawaii needs a licensed contractor for tasks exceeding $1,000.00 and requiring licenses. Electrical and plumbing licenses are required for tasks involving those particular trades. 

License search: http://cca.hawaii.gov/rico/business_online/

Idaho

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

 

Idaho does not license general contractors at the state level. However, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, well drillers, fire sprinkler systems, and public works contractors are licensed by the state. 

License search: https://web.dbs.idaho.gov/etrakit3/Custom/Idaho_LicenseSearch.aspx

Illinois

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

 

Besides public works and roof, Illinois does not issue contractor licenses. Requirements have to be assessed at the local level.

 

License search: https://ilesonline.idfpr.illinois.gov/DPR/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx

 

Indiana

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

 

Indiana only licenses plumbers at the state level. All others should be assessed locally.

License search: https://mylicense.in.gov/everification/Search.aspx

Iowa

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

 

Iowa state law is that all construction contractors be registered with the Iowa Division of labor only if their work will make $2,000.00 for this year.

License search: http://www2.iwd.state.ia.us/contractor.nsf

 

Kansas

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

Kansas only licenses water well drillers and asbestos abatement contractors. 

Kentucky

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

Kentucky just licenses electrical, plumbing, and HVAC contractors. A homeowner can achieve his or her plumbing job with the proper licenses but for safety's sake HVAC and electrical need a licensed contractor. Kentucky has HVAC reciprocity with Ohio.

License search: https://ky.joportal.com/License/Search

 

Louisiana

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

Louisiana needs a building contractor be registered if construction work passes $75,000.00. Home improvement and repair contractor limits are between $7,500.00 and $75,000.00. If a repair or improvement passes this limit, the home improvement contractor must register as a building contractor.

License search: http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/contractor-search/

Maine

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

Maine only licenses plumbing, electrical, and asbestos abatement contractors. 

License search: https://www.pfr.maine.gov/almsonline/almsquery/welcome.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Maryland

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

Maryland licenses plumbers (including gas fitters), electricians, HVAC, and home improvement contractors. They must have an MHIC license.

License search: http://www.dllr.state.md.us/pq/

Massachusetts

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

Massachusetts requires anyone supervising or performing construction work to be licensed.

License search: http://elicense.chs.state.ma.us/Verification/Search.aspx

Michigan

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

Michigan requires all contractors to be licensed.

License search: http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/verify.htm

Minnesota

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

License search: https://secure.doli.state.mn.us/lookup/licensing.aspx

Mississippi

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

Any project exceeding $500.00 requires a contractor license.

License search: http://www.msboc.us/ConsolidatedResults.cfm?ContractorType=&VarDatasource=BOC&Advanced=1

Missouri

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

Missouri requires licensing only for work done in towns that exceed a population of 15,000

 

Montana

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

License search: http://erd.dli.mt.gov/work-comp-regulations/montana-contractor/construction-contractor-search

Independent contractors license search: http://erd.dli.mt.gov/work-comp-regulations/montana-contractor/icec-search

Nebraska

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

Builders, plumbers, renovators, and HVAC contractors do not need licenses, but they do require registration if the contract exceeds $2,500.00. Electricians must be licensed with the Nebraska State Electrical Division. 

License search: http://www.nebraska.gov/sed/search/index.cgi

 

Nevada

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

Nevada requires all contractors have a license regardless of the contract.

License search: https://www.nvcontractorsboard.com/datamart/nvscbSearchType.do

New Hampshire

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

New Hampshire only licenses asbestos and lead abatement contractors, plumbers, and electricians. 

License search: https://nhlicenses.nh.gov/MyLicense%20Verification/

 

New Jersey

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

New Jersey home builders and home repair contractors must be recorded with the state. 

License search: https://newjersey.mylicense.com/verification/

New Mexico

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

All contractors in New Mexico must be licensed with the state regardless of the contract.

License search: https://public.psiexams.com/search.jsp

New York

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

Asbestos abatement is the only contract work licensed at the state level in New York.

North Carolina

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

North Carolina requires a general contractor’s license for jobs costing $30,000.00 or more. 

License search, general contractor: http://www.nclbgc.net/lic_fr.html

License search, plumbing, heating, fire sprinklers: https://onlineweb.nclicensing.org/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx

License search, electrician: https://lookup.ncbeec.org/Lookup/LicenseLookup.aspx/

North Dakota

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

North Dakota requires a license for any job costing $4,000.00 or more.

License search: https://apps.nd.gov/sc/busnsrch/busnSearch.htm

Ohio

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

General contractors are licensed at the local level.

License lookup: http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/view/lid/6354

Oklahoma

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

Oklahoma licenses plumbers, electricians, and mechanical (HVAC) contractors. General contractors are licensed at the local level.

License lookup: http://cibverify.ok.gov/

Oregon

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

Oregon requires a license for anyone performing construction activity for compensation. 

License lookup: http://search.ccb.state.or.us/search/

Pennsylvania

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

Pennsylvania only licenses asbestos and lead abatement contractors at the state level.

Licenses are researched at the local level.

 

Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island requires registration with the Contractor’s Registration Board for building, repairing, or remodeling 1- to 4-family residences. Electricians, plumbers, and HVAC contractors must be licensed.

License search: http://www.crb.ri.gov/search.php

South Carolina

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

South Carolina requires a license for residential work totaling over $200.00.

License search: https://verify.llronline.com/LicLookup/Resbu/Resbu.aspx?div=46

South Dakota

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

South Dakota only licenses plumbers, electricians, and asbestos abatement contractors. General contractors are licensed at the local level.

License search: electrical call 605-773-3573, plumbers call 605-773-3153

Tennessee

https://www.tn.gov/commerce/topic/cont-contractors

Tennessee requires a license for bidding on jobs exceeding $25,000.00, and on masonry work exceeding $100,000.00.

License search: http://verify.tn.gov/

Texas
http://www.contractors-license.org/tx/Texas.html

Only specialty contractors, including HVAC, fire sprinkler systems, plumbing, and well drilling/pump installation specialists, need to be licensed in Texas.


Utah

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

Utah requires all contractors be licensed at the state level regardless of the size of the contract. There are over 50 classifications of licenses.

License search: https://secure.utah.gov/llv/search/index.html#

Vermont

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

Vermont licenses general contractors or home improvement contractors at the local level. Plumbing/HVAC and electrical contractors are licensed at the state level.

License search: http://firesafety.vermont.gov/building_trades

Virginia

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

Tradesman licenses are required for electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and all gas fitting. Construction contractors are licensed by the Virginia Board for Contractors at three levels:

  • Class A: Single contracts at $70,000.00 or more, or $500,000.00 in a single year.
  • Class B: Single contracts at $7,500.00 to less than $70,000.00, or $150,000.00 to less than $500,000.00 in a single year.
  • Class C: Single contracts at $1,000.00 to less than $7,500.00, or less than $150,000.00 in a single year.

License search: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/LicenseLookup/

Washington

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

General and specialty contractors must be registered with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Electricians must be licensed and plumbers certified.

License search: http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/view/lid/508

 

Washington DC

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

General contractors are not required to be licensed, but any subcontractors must be even if the general contractor is licensed. DC has project cost limits according to license class:

  • A – No limit
  • B – $10,000,000.00
  • C – $5,000,000.00
  • D – $2,000,000.00
  • E – $500,000.00

Plumbers license search: https://www.asisvcs.com/services/licensing/DCOPLA/search_page.asp?CPCAT=4909STATEREG

Electricians license search:

https://www.asisvcs.com/services/licensing/DCOPLA/search_page.asp?CPCAT=3609STATEREG

HVAC contractors license search:

https://www.asisvcs.com/services/licensing/DCOPLA/search_page.asp?CPCAT=RA09STATEREG

West Virginia

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

All contractors and subcontractors must be licensed if the work performed is $2,500.00 or more. Plumbers and HVAC contractors must be certified.

License search: http://www.wvlabor.com/newwebsite/Pages/contractor_searchNEW.cfm

Plumber certification search: http://www.wvlabor.com/newwebsite/Pages/plumber_searchNEW.cfm

HVAC certification search: http://www.wvlabor.com/newwebsite/Pages/plumber_searchNEW.cfm

Wisconsin

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

Plumbing, electrical, HVAC and building contractors must apply for a license at the state level. 

License search: https://app.wi.gov/licensesearch

Wyoming

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

Only electricians are licensed at the state level. 

 

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