Requirements for General Contractor Licenses


If you plan on accepting contracts valued above a certain amount (this amount varies from state to state), you will probably need to obtain a general contractors license. Requirements vary, some qualifications are common.

Basic Requirements

  • All applicants for licensing as a general contractor must be at least 18 years old, have a high school degree or an equivalency and be legal United States residents.


  • Many states now require general contractors to obtain proof of liability insurance as well as workers' compensation insurance before they receive a license.


  • If you are applying for a license as a corporation, your charter or letters of incorporation must be registered with the Secretary of State in the state where you plan to do business.


  • Most areas require general contractors to pass a licensing exam. Topics can vary, but may include portions on building codes, work safety or business law.


  • If you have received citations in the past while working as a contractor, you may have to submit a written explanation of those infractions.

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