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State Furloughs Will Have Impact on CSLB Services

Governor's mandate will shut down all CSLB offices for two weekdays every month

SACRAMENTO - Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Executive Order (S-16-08) takes effect this week. That order, which furloughs state of California employees and shuts down state offices, will impact contractor and consumer services at Contractor State License Board (CSLB) offices throughout the State.

     Effective this month, all CSLB offices in California will be closed on the first and third Friday of each month. The furlough plan is scheduled to continue through June 2010.

     "We know that closing our testing centers, business offices and investigative centers on the first and third Friday of each month is an inconvenience to our customers," said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. "We strongly encourage people to make use of our online services at or our automated phone system at 1-800-321-CSLB (2752). Contractors, applicants and consumers can order forms, get information, file complaints, and get answers to many questions from either source."

     One of the most apparent impacts on CSLB services will be testing candidates for licensure. Shutting down CSLB's eight test centers for two days a month will increase the time applicants will have to wait in order to take their licensing exams. The good news is that candidates who don't want to wait to take their exams can walk into any test center with a good chance of finding an open seat due to cancellations or failures to appear.

     The CSLB apologizes for any inconvenience the closure days will cause. Updates will be posted on the CSLB Web site (


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