Experience and Examination Information
Applicants for licensure must meet specific experience and examination requirements, as explained below.
Waivers of the trade examination may be granted under certain circumstances, as indicated on the next page. If you qualify for exam waiver or exemption, do not use this application – please instead use the Application for Original Contractor License – Waiver (7065) (form 13A-1A).
To be eligible for licensure, the qualifying individual must have had, within the last 10 years, at least four (4) years of experience in the classification for which they are applying. The experience must be at no less than a journeyman level, or as a foreman, supervising employee, contractor, or owner-builder. A "journeyman" is defined as an experienced worker who is fully qualified (as opposed to a trainee) and is able to perform the trade without supervision, or one who has completed an apprenticeship program. Experience is documented on the Certification of Work Experience form. (T16 CCR section 825)
Examination Waivers and Exemptions
The examination may be waived if the qualifying individual has served as the qualifier for a licensee whose license was in good standing during the last five (5) years and the license was in the same classification for which they are applying, or if the qualifier has within the last five (5) years personally passed the required exams in the same classification for which they are applying. (BPC section 7065.) An examination may also be waived under certain circumstances - for example, if the qualifying individual has for five (5) of the last seven (7) years been actively engaged in the construction business and meets specific waiver requirements as mandated by law or has actively participated in a family business and is an immediate family member of that license's qualifier. You must list and have evidence of your experience and involvement in the business you think qualifies you for the waiver. (See BPC sections 7065.1-7065.4 for a complete list of waiver criteria or exemptions.)
In addition, the trade examination may be waived if the qualifier meets the requirements for reciprocity, please see CSLB’s website (www.cslb.ca.gov) for more information. If you are licensed in a state and classification recognized by the Board, please have the licensing agency from your state complete a “Request for Verification of License” form and submit it with this application. The Law and Business Examination will still be required if the applicant has not passed that examination within the last five (5) years. (See CSLB’s website for more information on reciprocity on the Applicants page.)
To apply for a waiver of the examination, you should complete this Application for Original Contractor’s License – Examination Waiver (7065). Once your application has been posted, you must submit the initial license fee ($200 for sole owner and $350 for non-sole owner), and the bond, insurance, and other licensure requirements as shown on the following page, in addition to complying with the following:
- No person can act as the qualifier for more than one individual or firm unless: 1) there is common ownership of at least 20% of the equity of each business for which they act as the qualifier; 2) the additional firm is a subsidiary of or joint venture with the first ("subsidiary" means any business at least 20% of the equity is owned by the other business); or 3) the majority of officers, partners, or managers of the firms are the same. In such cases, a qualifying individual may act as the qualifier for no more than three (3) firms in any one-year period.
C-22 Asbestos Abatement Contractor License
The C-22 – Asbestos Abatement contractor performs abatement, including containment, encapsulation, or removal, and disposal of asbestos containing construction materials, as defined in Section 6501.8 of the Labor Code, in and on buildings and structures. All work performed and all documentation prepared by an asbestos abatement contractor shall be done in accordance with DOSH regulations and requirements.
The Board shall not issue an asbestos abatement contractor license unless the applicant or contractor is duly registered with DOSH pursuant to Section 6501.5 of the Labor Code or has an active application for registration in process with DOSH. All holders of the C-22 – Asbestos Abatement classification shall have completed DOSH registration training requirements, as contained in Section 1529 of Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations.
You may wish to contact DOSH prior to applying for the asbestos certification or the C-22 – Asbestos Abatement classification to be sure that you understand their requirements for registration since DOSH registration is required in order to perform asbestos-related work. DOSH’s Asbestos Contractors’ Registration Unit (ACRU) can be reached at (916) 574-2993 or ACRU@dir.ca.gov, or you can visit their website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/ACRU/ACRUhome.htm.
C-47 General Manufactured Housing Contractor License
Prior to obtaining a C-47 – General Manufactured Housing contractor classification, applicants must complete a federally approved initial installer training. Along with your application, please submit a “Certificate of Completion of Training” from a qualified trainer approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The license applicant is responsible for ensuring the training program is approved by HUD. Existing C-47 license holders are exempt from the requirement.
Bond, Insurance, and Other Licensure Requirements
All contractors must meet specified bond, insurance, and other requirements for licensure with CSLB, as indicated on the following page. Failure to maintain a required bond or insurance may result in the suspension of the license. For information on bonds, see A Guide to Contractor License Bonds, available on CSLB website's Guides and Publications page. Bonds may be submitted to CSLB electronically by the issuing surety company.
All contractors must have a $25,000 contractor's bond on file with CSLB. (BPC section 7071.6)
Bond of Qualifying Individual
An additional $25,000 Bond of Qualifying Individual must be filed for all contractors that are qualified by an RME, or under certain other circumstances for corporate and LLC contractors when the qualifying individual (RMO, responsible managing manager, or responsible managing member) holds less than 10 percent (10%) of the voting stock of the corporation or membership interest in the LLC. An RME can act as the qualifier on only one active license at a time. (BPC section 7071.9)
LLC Employee/Worker Bond
All LLC licenses are required to have an additional $100,000 employee/worker bond on file with CSLB for the benefit of workers employed by or contracted to work for an LLC. (BPC section 7071.6.5)
An applicant whose license has been disciplined may be required to have an additional disciplinary bond on file with CSLB in an amount fixed by the Registrar at not less than $25,000 or more than $150,000. (BPC section 7071.8)
Workers' Compensation Insurance
Workers' compensation is required when a contractor has employees, including an RME and home improvement salespersons, and for all contractors applying for the C-8 Concrete, C-20 Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning, C-22 Asbestos Abatement, C-39 Roofing, and/or D-49 Tree Service classifications. The Certificate of Insurance must be issued in the business name shown on this application. Contractors that have no employees and are not otherwise required to have workers' compensation insurance can complete the Exemption from Workers' Compensation form, available on CSLB website's Forms and Applications page. (BPC section 7125)
LLC Liability Insurance
All LLC licenses are required to have liability insurance in an amount that is not less than one million dollars ($1,000,000) or more than five million dollars ($5,000,000). The amount is determined based on the number of personnel of record on the license. For five (5) or fewer personnel, the amount is not less than $1 million. For each additional member of the personnel, the amount increases $100,000, up to a maximum of $5 million. For example, an LLC that has eight (8) personnel would be required to carry a $1,300,000 liability insurance policy. (BPC section 7071.19)
Asbestos Open Book Examination
All qualifiers who have not yet completed one must complete the Asbestos Open Book Examination on behalf of the applicant, which can be downloaded from the Applicants page on CSLB's website. (BPC section 7058.5)
Construction Management Education Account
A grant program was established in 1991 to provide funds for qualified public post-secondary schools that teach construction management. Applicants may voluntarily contribute to the account when paying the application fee or the license renewal fee. If you would like to make a voluntary contribution, please mark the box on the top portion of Page 1 of the application, write in the dollar amount in the space provided, and include that dollar amount in the total amount paid with your application, or submit a separate check or money order made payable to CSLB/Construction Management Education Account. (See BPC sections 7139.2 and 7139.4.)
Collection of Social Security Numbers, Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers, and Federal Employer Identification Numbers
With the exception of the driver license number, all information requested on the application is mandatory, including disclosure of U.S. Social Security numbers (SSN), individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN), and federal employer identification numbers (FEIN). Collection of the SSN, ITIN, and FEIN is authorized by BPC sections 30, 31, and 7145.5. SSNs, ITINs, and FEINs are used exclusively for the purpose of tax enforcement, compliance with any judgment or order for family support in accordance with Family Code section 17520, measurement of employment outcomes of students who participate in career technical education programs offered by the California Community Colleges as required by BPC section 30, and investigation of tax evasion and violations of cash-pay reporting laws as set forth in Section 329 of the Unemployment Insurance Code. If you fail to disclose your SSN, ITIN, or FEIN, your application will not be processed, and you will be reported to the Franchise Tax Board; they may assess a $100 penalty against you.
Collection of Personal Information
CSLB collects the personal information requested on the following form as authorized by BPC sections 30, 31, 114.5, 115.5, 141, 480, 7065, 7066, 7069, 7072, 7073, and 7145.5 and T16 CCR section 816. CSLB uses this information to identify and evaluate applicants for licensure, issue and renew licenses, and enforce licensing standards set by law and regulation. Submission of the requested information is mandatory. CSLB cannot consider your application for licensure unless you provide all of the requested information. You may review the records maintained by CSLB that contain your personal information, unless the records are identified as confidential information and exempted from disclosure by the Information Practices Act, including Civil Code section 1798.40. CSLB makes every effort to protect the personal information you provide us; however, it may be disclosed in response to a Public Records Act request as allowed by the Information Practices Act; to another government agency as required by state or federal law or as provided in Civil Code section 1798.24; or in response to a court or administrative order, a subpoena, or a search warrant. The Custodian of Records is responsible for maintaining the information on this form and may be contacted at the address and telephone number listed in the letterhead at the top of this General Information and Instructions portion for questions about this notice or access to records.
Resources on the Licensing Process
CSLB has a variety of publications available to help you become a licensed contractor and to maintain your license. You can order free publications from or view documents on CSLB's website (www.cslb.ca.gov), by writing to CSLB at the address listed below, or by calling the 24-hour automated phone system at (800) 321-CSLB (2752). Please visit CSLB's website or call the toll-free phone number to find out how to order the current edition of the California Contractors License Law & Reference Book or other publications.
Application Processing - Follow Your Application Status Online
When CSLB receives your application, an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you that explains how to check the status of your application online at www.cslb.ca.gov or by calling (800) 321-CSLB (2752) using the Application Fee Number and Personal Identification Number (PIN) provided in the acknowledgement letter. Please include your Application Fee Number in any correspondence. All correspondence should be sent to:
Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827-1703
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 26000, Sacramento, CA 95826-0026