How to Obtain a Handyman License in Georgia

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Georgia residents who are at least 21 and have worked for at least two years as or with a residential contractor on at least two projects may obtain a handyman license, otherwise known as a Residential Basic Contractor License. There are some prerequisites, a test and about $300 in fees (as of September 2009). The license applies to contractor work on one- and two-family homes and townhouses three stories in height or smaller, and their accompanying accessory buildings.

Things You'll Need

  • Money for test and license fees
  • Internet access
  • Have a credit report detailing your credit history run no more than 45 days in advance of your application or provide a credit reference for a minimum of two years from the bank used for your contractor business.

  • Obtain insurance policies: worker's compensation according to the state of Georgia's requirements and a minimum liability policy of $300,000 in the name of the individual or company.

  • Contact the State Construction Industry Licensing Board for pre-approval before registering to take your test A licensing fee will be required.

    State Construction Industry Licensing Board
    237 Coliseum Drive
    Macon, GA 31217-3858
    (478) 207-1416 phone
    (478) 207-1425 fax

  • Prepare for your test with study materials and a sample test with a company such as Contractor's Licensing where you will find promotions such as a price-match + 10% and a "don't pass -- don't pay" program.

  • Register for an online test in your area with Laser Grade online or by calling (800) 733-9267. A testing fee will be required.

Tips & Warnings

  • You must earn at least a 70% on the 80-question test within 200 minutes to pass. The test will cover a variety of topics such as: associated trades, carpentry, concrete, concrete reinforcement, construction, footings, general construction and code, masonry, roofing and sitework, footings, and foundation. A general contractor license is available on projects larger than those covered by this license type. A list of reference books is available from Contractor Licensing that can be tabbed, highlighted and taken into the testing center during the exam.
  • It will be required that you have already passed the Georgia Business and Law exam before you can register for the Residential Basic Contractor License exam. Typically, you'll need to obtain a local business license in the jurisdiction you are working when applying for a building permit.

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