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Contractors State License Board Ready to Implement New Fingerprint Law

Effective January 1, 2005, the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) will implement a new law that will require people seeking a new license to submit a full set of fingerprints. The information below focuses on how the program will work and whom it will affect.

Who is affected?

  • Starting January 1, 2005 (Phase I)
    • All personnel listed on an application if the qualifier is required to take an exam. Current licensees applying for additional classifications will not need to submit fingerprints until Phase II in the spring.
  • Starting in the spring of 2005 (Phase II)
    • Current licensees who apply for additional classifications, as well as each officer, partner, owner, responsible managing employee and home improvement salespersons will also need to provide fingerprints whenever an application is submitted for a license, registration or to change an officer on an existing corporate license.

Who is not affected?

People who are already licensed by the CSLB and do not apply for any changes to his/her license will not be required to submit fingerprints. The only exception is in a case where the license expired more than 5 years ago and therefore is no longer renewable. Applicants for a joint venture license do not have to submit fingerprints.

How will applicants get a fingerprint packet?

Once applicants submit a license application, CSLB will send out a fingerprint packet. This packet must be used to submit fingerprints.

Where do applicants get fingerprints taken?

Fingerprint services are available at most local police departments, sheriff's offices or any public applicant Live Scan station. There are fees for the service.

How will the fingerprints be used?

The fingerprint information will be used by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to conduct a criminal background check on the applicant. Having a criminal history will not automatically disqualify any applicant from getting a CSLB license.

Why should applicants use Live Scan?

The CSLB h3ly encourages all applicants who are required to submit fingerprints, to utilize the Live Scan system. By doing so, CSLB expects that the new requirement will not add any additional time to the application process for individuals who do not have a criminal history. Utilizing the old "fingerprint card" system could delay an application by three to six months or more.

For more information on the new fingerprinting requirements, click here or call 1-800-321-CSLB (2752).


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