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CSLB Cautions Licensees to Only Deal Directly with Board for Renewal or License Changes

SACRAMENTO - During the past week the Contractors State License Board’s (CSLB) Renewals Unit has been contacted by several licensees who attempted to renew their licenses through an outside business, rather than directly with CSLB. In some cases, doing so caused delays that caused their licenses to expire. As a result, they must now pay late fees.

Earlier today the Attorney General’s Office announced a $2.4 million settlement against the perpetrators of a similar scheme. CSLB has also learned that the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has received about 50 complaints over the past couple of years about companies that offer to file regulatory paperwork for people in both the Sacramento and Los Angeles areas. Business names of those companies usually include the words "Renewal" or "Filing." The BBB complaints indicated that the company charged a fee to register or change the names of corporations with the Secretary of State’s Office or renew or change the names on city and county business licenses, but failed to do so.

CSLB reminds its 310,000 licensed contractors that it sends renewal notices approximately 60 days before a license is set to expire. The application and renewal fees, or fees to make any other changes to a license should be addressed directly to:

Contractors State License Board
P.O. Box 26000
Sacramento, CA 95826-0026

Licensees should also be aware that credit card payments for renewals or exams are accepted in person at CSLB’s Sacramento Headquarters, located at 9821 Business Park Drive.

Applying for, renewing or changing your license or company name can be done through the appropriate government agency without additional cost. If you have any doubts, contact that government agency directly to assure the appropriate fees are sent to the correct address.

Contact your local police or sheriffs department and Better Business Bureau to report suspected fraud if you receive suspicious mail that solicits fees for changing licensing or business name information. You can also file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office.


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