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As a condition of licensure, an applicant must take and pass two examinations:

  • Law and business
  • Trade

(Exception: A trade examination is not required for the C-61 Limited Specialty classification.) Under certain conditions, a waiver of the examination(s) may be granted. Final determination as to whether the applicant meets the requirements for the examination or the criteria for the waiver is made during the application review process.

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Examination Study Guides

Study guides and resources to help prepare for your license examination

What to Expect on Test Day (Video)

Short video that takes you through CSLB’s exam process so you’ll be ready on test day

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ASBESTOS: A Contractor’s Guide and Open Book Examination

After you pass your license examination, you must take the Abestos Open Book Exam and sign the verification form. Submit the completed verification form with your renewal or bond verification and license fee notice. If you do not submit this form, CSLB cannot process your license.

Mail your documents to:

Contractors State License Board
P.O. Box 269074
Sacramento, CA 95826-9074