Prospective California contractors looking to become licensed for the first time, or existing contractors looking to add a new classification are often overwhelmed by a complicated process that can include lengthy applications and processing times, state administered examinations and background checks just to name a few. To help simplify the process, this guide will help consolidate many of the resources a new contractor may need while navigating the licensing process.
California State Contractors License Board Contact Information & Office Locations
Prospective applicants thinking of getting their contractors license can begin the licensing process by visiting the Contractors State License Board website here and reviewing the steps and requirements needed to become licensed. After reviewing this information, it may be a good idea to contact the license board directly with any follow up questions. Their information is below.
CSLB Phone Number: Dial 1-800-321-2752 and then choose option 1, then option 2, and then option 9 to speak with a live person and bypass the automated system.
CSLB Office Locations
Contractors State License Board
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
Contractors State License Board
12501 East Imperial Hwy.
Norwalk, CA 90650
Where Can I Get an Original California Contractors License Application?
Prospective new contractors can obtain a new license application by visiting a local CSLB office or by printing an application directly from the CSLB website here.
Where Can I Get Help Completing The Application?
Contractors with questions or in need of help completing the application can call the CSLB at 1-800-321-2752, or by visiting a local CSLB office. In addition, the Contractors License Board provides an instructional video on how to complete the application here. We are told that it’s extremely important to read the application completely and answer all questions as honestly as possible to prevent lengthy delays or possible rejections.
If you need further help, some businesses may be able to assist you with completing the application for a fee. These businesses are not affiliated with the Contractors State License Board. A few of these services are listed below:
Contractors License Guru
1225 8th St. Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814
How Long Does The CSLB Take To Process an Application?
Processing times vary based on the type of application submitted. As mentioned, mistakes or omissions made on an application are one of the most common forms of delay, so it pays to get things right the first time. When in doubt, contact a license board representative to get any questions answered before submitting your application. The CSLB regularly updates processing times for most of their services which can be located here. Once an original application has posted, the CSLB will send the applicant a letter with their application fee number as well as a secure pin, which can be used to periodically check on the processing status as well as pending requirements directly on the CSLB website located here.
Getting Started- What Type of Entity Should I Form for My New Construction Business?
One of the first questions new contractors will need to decide upon is the type of entity to form for their new business such as a sole proprietor, partnership, corporation or LLC. Many new contractors may already know which type of entity best suites their needs, while others may want to consult with an attorney before they get too far down the line with their license application to prevent delays or having to start over. Below are some legal resources that may be helpful for California construction professionals.
As a side note, contractors thinking of becoming an LLC should be aware of additional requirements, including a 100k LLC bond, which is unique to this entity type. More information pertaining to LLC requirements for California contractors can be located here.
Burnett & Associates
9441 Double Diamond Parkway, Suite #11
Reno, Nevada 89521
Where Can I Find A Local or Online Contractors Exam Prep School?
Many new contractors will find that after their application has posted, they will begin receiving solicitations by mail for various services they may need including license bonding, contractors exam preparation schools and study materials. Also, many resources can be found online. Another great resource is the Contractors State License Board, which also may be able to provide helpful materials including practice exams.
Contractors State License Schools
6222 Sepulveda Blvd
Van Nuys, CA 91411
Contractors Intelligence Schools
3301 Sunrise Blvd Ste D
Rancho Cordova CA 95742
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30AM-6:00PM
Where Can I Complete My Live Scan Finger Prints?
A background check including fingerprinting is generally required for new contractors. Below is a link to a State of California Justice Department website listing local finger print locations throughout California. Just click the link below and choose your county for local live scan locations.
Please be advised that each resource provided has not been individually vetted by us nor are they specifically endorsed. We are NOT financially compensated in exchange for listing each resource above. Rather, our goal is simply to provide a starting point of potentially helpful resources for prospective contractors to explore and evaluate themselves.