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Application for Original Contractor License

The “Application for Original Contractor License” is for new applicants when experience and an examination is required. This application will result in a new license. Do not use this form if you have an existing license and wish to add a classification or replace the qualifying individual. View a sample “Application for Original Contractor License.”

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Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Original Contractor License

For limited liability company (LLC) applicants only.

The “Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Original Contractor License” is for new applicants when experience and/or an examination is required and the business entity is an LLC. For more information about LLC licensure, please refer to CSLB’s LLC web page. This application will result in a new license. Do not use this form if you have an existing license and wish to add a classification or replace the qualifying individual. For reference purposes, view a sample “Application for Original Contractor License.”

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Certification of Work Experience

This form is to be used to report and confirm the journey-level work experience requirement. Include this form when submitting an "Application for Original Contractor License," "Application for Additional Classification," or "Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual."

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Construction Project Experience

The “Construction Project Experience” form is to be used when submitting an "Application for Original Contractor License,” "Application for Additional Classification", or "Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual" if the experience you claim is from owner-builder work or as requested by CSLB. This form is used in addition to the "Certification of Work Experience" submitted with the application. One form is required for each completed construction project.

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Owner-Builder B-General Building Construction Project Experience

This form is to be used when submitting an "Application for Original Contractor License," "Application for Additional Classification," or "Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual," if the experience you claim is from owner-builder work and you are applying for the B-General Building classification. This form is used in addition to the "Certification of Work Experience" submitted with the application. This form must be completed ONLY if the qualifying individual indicates on the Certification of Work Experience form that he or she obtained experience working on his or her own property as an owner-builder. One form is required for each completed construction project.

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Section 4—Additional Personnel

This form is to be completed and submitted along with the "Application for Original Contractor License" when there are additional personnel to report on behalf of the applicant.

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Section 4—Additional LLC Personnel

This form is to be completed and submitted along with the "Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Original Contractor License" when there are additional personnel to report on behalf of the applicant.

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Disclosure Statement Regarding Criminal Plea/Conviction

This document must be completed by all applicants for licensure who have any criminal plea(s) and/or conviction(s). This form shall list each plea or conviction, regardless of when the crime was committed, or whether it was dismissed or expunged. One form must be completed for each plea/conviction reported and all fields of this document require completion. Failure to report a plea/conviction as requested on the application is considered falsification of the application and may result in the denial of licensure.

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Special Accommodation Request for Examination

In compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), CSLB provides "reasonable accommodation" for applicants with disabilities that may affect their ability to take required examinations. The “Special Accommodation Request for Examination” (form 13E-77) must be completed by the applicant and submitted with the application, and may require professional verification by a medical authority or learning institution.

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Application for Original Contractor License - Examination Waiver (7065)

(To be used for Business and Professions Code (BPC) § 7065 waiver only - see criteria below.)

The “Application for Original Contractor License – Examination Waiver (7065)” form is to be used for BPC § 7065 waiver-only applicants (e.g., sole owner applying for a corporate license). BPC § 7065 states, in part, "No examination shall be required of a qualifying individual if, within the five-year period immediately preceding the application for licensure, the qualifying individual has either personally passed the written examination for the same classification being applied for, or has served as the qualifying individual for a licensee whose license was in good standing at any time during the five-year period immediately preceding the application for licensure and in the same classification being applied for."

At any time WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, has the applicant/qualifying individual:

  • been listed in CSLB records as the qualifier for a license that was in good standing in the same class being applied for, OR
  • personally passed both the law and trade portions of the written exam in the same class being applied for?

If yes, this application is appropriate.

If no, please use the "Application for Original Contractor License" when an examination will be required. This application will result in a new license. Do not use this form if you have an existing license and wish to add a classification or replace the qualifying individual.

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Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Original Contractor License - Examination Waiver (7065)

For LLC applicants only

(To be used for Business and Professions Code (BPC) § 7065 waiver only - see criteria below.)

The “Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Original Contractor License – Examination Waiver (7065)” is to be used for BPC § 7065 waiver-only applicants (e.g., sole owner applying for an LLC license). BPC § 7065 states, in part, "No examination shall be required of a qualifying individual if, within the five-year period immediately preceding the application for licensure, the qualifying individual has either personally passed the written examination for the same classification being applied for, or has served as the qualifying individual for a licensee whose license was in good standing at any time during the five-year period immediately preceding the application for licensure and in the same classification being applied for."

At any time WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, has the applicant/qualifying individual:

  • been listed in CSLB records as the qualifier for a license that was in good standing in the same class being applied for, OR
  • personally passed both the law and trade portions of the written exam in the same class being applied for?

If yes, this application is appropriate.

If no, please use the "Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Original Contractor License" when an examination will be required. This application will result in a new license. Do not use this form if you have an existing license and wish to add a classification or replace the qualifying individual.

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Licensed Sole Owner Applying for Corporate License

This form is required to reissue a sole ownership license number to a corporation, and MUST be submitted with an "Application for Original Contractor License."

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Licensed Sole Owner or Corporation Applying for Limited Liability Company (LLC) License

This form is required to reissue a sole ownership or corporate license number to a limited liability company, and MUST be submitted with an "Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Original Contractor License."

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Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual

The “Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual” is to be used only for replacing the qualifying person on an existing license. You can replace qualifying individuals on a sole ownership license with the existing owner or a qualified responsible managing employee (RME); on a partnership with a qualified RME; on a corporation with a qualified RME or qualified responsible managing officer; and on an LLC with a qualified RME, qualified responsible managing officer, qualified responsible managing member, or qualified responsible managing manager.

Replacement of the qualifier must be made within 90 days of disassociation to avoid a suspension of the license. Notification can be made by the owner, partner, officer, member, manager, or the qualifier who is leaving by using the "Disassociation Request" form. Replacement of the qualifier may be made by submitting the Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual and appropriate fees.

Qualifiers are limited in the number of additional licenses for which they may qualify. Factors such as common ownership between or among the entities being qualified are considered. Persons granted qualifier status are restricted to qualifying no more than three firms in any one-year period.

A RME must inactivate his or her sole ownership license to qualify for another license, and meet certain employment requirements. On a sole ownership license, the RME may be replaced by the existing owner or by another RME. On a partnership license, the RME may be replaced by an existing general partner or by another RME. Note, however, an additional general partner may not be added to an existing partnership license. On a corporate license, the RME may be replaced by a responsible managing officer or another RME. On an LLC license, the RME may be replaced by another RME, a responsible managing officer, responsible managing member, or responsible managing manager.

Failure to replace the disassociated qualifying individual within 90 days from the date of his or her disassociation will result in the automatic suspension of a license that is on active status. If the license has more than one classification and the qualifier for the other class or classes remains on the license, the licensee may continue to operate in the remaining class or classes. The class qualified by the person who disassociated will be removed at the end of the 90 days unless replacement is made within that time. For reference purposes, view a sample “Application for Original Contractor License”.

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Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Replacing the Qualifying Individual

The "Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Replacing the Qualifying Individual" is to be used only for replacing the qualifying person on an existing LLC license. You can replace qualifying individuals on an LLC with a qualified, responsible managing employee, qualified responsible managing officer, qualified responsible managing member, or qualified responsible managing manager.

Replacement of the qualifier must be made within 90 days of disassociation to avoid a suspension of the license. Notification can be made by the officer, member, manager, or the qualifier who is leaving by using the "Disassociation Request form." Replacement of the qualifier may be made by submitting the Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Replacing the Qualifying Individual and appropriate fees.

Qualifiers are limited in the number of additional licenses for which they may qualify. Factors such as common ownership between or among the entities being qualified are considered. Persons granted qualifier status are restricted to qualifying no more than three firms in any one-year period.

A responsible managing employee must inactivate his or her sole proprietor license to qualify for another license, and meet certain employment requirements. On an LLC license, the RME may be replaced by another RME, a responsible managing officer, responsible managing member, or responsible managing manager.

Failure to replace the disassociated qualifying individual within 90 days from the date of his or her disassociation will result in the automatic suspension of a license that is on active status. If the license has more than one classification, and the qualifier for the other class or classes remains on the license, the licensee may continue to operate in the remaining class or classes. The class qualified by the person who disassociated will be removed at the end of the 90 days unless replacement is made within that time. For reference purposes, view a sample “Application for Original Contractor License.”

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Application for Additional Classification

The “Application for Additional Classification” is to be used only for adding classifications to an existing license. You can add any classification to an existing license for which you have qualifying experience and for which you pass the applicable examination.

Qualifiers are limited in the number of additional licenses for which they may qualify. Factors such as common ownership between or among the entities being qualified are considered. Persons granted qualifier status are restricted to qualifying for no more than three firms in any one-year period.

A responsible managing employee must inactivate his or her sole proprietor license to qualify for another license, and meet certain employment requirements. For reference purposes, view a sample “Application for Original Contractor License”.

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Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Additional Classification

The “Application for Limited Liability Company (LLC) Additional Classification” is to be used only for adding classifications to an existing LLC license. You can add any classification to an existing license for which you have qualifying experience and for which you pass the applicable examination.

Qualifiers are limited in the number of additional licenses for which they may qualify. Factors such as common ownership between or among the entities being qualified are considered. Persons granted qualifier status are restricted to qualifying for no more than three firms in any one-year period.

A responsible managing employee must inactivate his or her sole proprietor license to qualify for another license, and meet certain employment requirements. For reference purposes, view a sample “Application for Original Contractor License”.

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Application to Remove Classification from License

Use this form to remove an existing classification from a license. Once the classification is removed, you must submit an "Application for Additional Classification" with the required fee to add the classification back on the license.

If the business name that appears in CSLB records is not compatible with the remaining classification(s) listed on the license, this form will be rejected. To change the license's business name, complete the "Application to Change Business Name or Address" (form 13L-4).

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Application for Joint Venture License

A joint venture license may be issued to any combination of two or more licenses issued to sole ownerships, partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, or other joint licenses. The joint venture license may be issued in any classification held by at least one of the entities.

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Application for Asbestos Certification

Use this form if you are a currently licensed contractor who performs asbestos-related contracting in relation to the classification(s) held by the licensee. When a licensee has qualified for this certification, it is added to the license much like an additional classification. To obtain the asbestos certification, a contractor must be registered with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

Please note that this application is not for the asbestos open-book examination that is required for asbestos awareness purposes by all applicants for licensure. (That exam booklet is furnished to applicants with their notices to comply with issuance requirements.)

If you are an existing contactor who wants to add the C-22 Asbestos Abatement classification to perform asbestos abatement work as a stand alone classification, use the “Application for Additional Classification.”

The asbestos certification and the C-22 classification are not required for bidding purposes only, as long as the contractor subcontracts with and the work is performed by a duly licensed asbestos abatement contractor.

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Application for Hazardous Substance Removal and Remedial Actions Certification

Contractors who perform hazardous substance removal work at specific sites and/or who bid for the installation or removal of, or install or remove, underground storage tanks must complete the application for hazardous substances certification to add the certification to their existing licenses. Eligibility for this certification is basically limited to licenses having the "A" General Engineering, or specialty C-12 Earthwork and Paving, or, in some instances, the "B" General Building license classifications. The certification also may be applied for by licensees holding the C-36 Plumbing or the C-61/D-40 Limited Specialty classification for Service Station Equipment and Maintenance

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Application for Registration as a Home Improvement Salesperson

The “Application for Registration as a Home Improvement Salesperson” (HIS) is for the registration of a person who will be employed by a licensed contractor to solicit, sell, negotiate, or execute home improvement contracts. An HIS registration is a stand-alone registration that is valid for a two-year period before it must be renewed. Before an HIS registrant can work for a licensed contractor, the contractor must first notify CSLB of their employment of the registered HIS using the “Contractor Notification of Home Improvement Salesperson Employment” form. When an HIS no longer works for a licensed contractor, the contractor is required to notify CSLB of the cessation of HIS’ employment using the “Contractor Notification of Home Improvement Salesperson Employment Cessation” form.

There are currently 3 ways to complete this application:

 Interactive:  Fill out the application online, then print and mail it to CSLB with the $75 fee.
 PDF:  Print a blank application, then fill it out and mail it to CSLB with the $75 fee.
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Contractor Notification of Home Improvement Salesperson Employment

Pursuant to Business and Professions Code § 7154, contractors must notify the CSLB Registrar in writing of the employment of a registered HIS prior to the HIS beginning work for the contractor. Submission of this completed form to CSLB by a contractor meets that notification requirement.

There are currently 3 ways to complete this form:

 Interactive:  Fill out the form online, then print and mail it to CSLB.
 PDF:  Print a blank form, then fill it out and mail it to CSLB.
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Contractor Notification of Home Improvement Salesperson Employment Cessation

Pursuant to Business and Professions Code § 7154, contractors must notify the CSLB Registrar in writing within 90 days after the date that a registered HIS ceases to be employed by the contractor. Submission of this completed form to CSLB by a contractor meets that notification requirement.

There are currently 3 ways to complete this form:

 Interactive:  Fill out the form online, then print and mail it to CSLB.
 PDF:  Print a blank form, then fill it out and mail it to CSLB.
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Request For Voluntary Surrender and Cancellation of
Home Improvement Salesperson Registration

This form is used to request the voluntary surrender and cancellation of a home improvement salesperson's (HIS) registration. An HIS should complete and submit this form when they no longer wish to have a registration that allows them to function as an HIS. The effective date of cancellation will be the date CSLB receives the form. A contractor may not submit this form. If a contractor ceases to employ an HIS, they must submit the “Contractor Notification of Home Improvement Salesperson Employment Cessation” form.

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Duplicate or Delinquent Renewal

Contractor License Renewal

The application to renew a contractor license automatically is sent to current licensees by CSLB about 60 days before an expiration date. However, if by four weeks before the expiration date you have not received your renewal, request a duplicate renewal. This can happen if you move without providing CSLB with a current mailing address for the license or if the U.S. Postal Service is not forwarding your mail. If you order another renewal, please be sure to indicate the current address. A license can be renewed as a delinquent renewal for up to five (5) years after it expires, as long as there is no change of ownership of the license—that is, the renewing license will have the same owner, or same partners, or same corporation, or same limited liability company as was previously licensed. When ordering a renewal, you will be asked for the license number.

Home Improvement Salesperson Registration Renewal

The application to renew a Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) registration automatically is sent to current registrants by CSLB about 60 days before an expiration date. However, if by four weeks before the expiration date you have not received your renewal, request a duplicate renewal. This can happen if you move without providing CSLB with a current mailing address for the license or if the U.S. Postal Service is not forwarding your mail. If you order another renewal, please be sure to indicate the current address. An HIS registration can be renewed as a delinquent renewal for up to three (3) years after it expires. When ordering a renewal, you will be asked for the HIS registration number.

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Application to Inactivate Contractor's License

To inactivate your contractor license, use the "Application to Inactivate Contractor’s License." There is no fee for inactivating your license if you return your current pocket license card with the application. If your current pocket license card is lost or destroyed, you must enclose the $11 fee to replace it.

The holder of an inactive license is not entitled to practice as a contractor or submit a bid for work.

Do not use this form to renew your license as inactive; instead, use a renewal application.

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Application to Reactivate Inactive Contractor’s License

A license that is currently renewed but is on inactive status may be restored to active status by filing the "Application to Reactivate Inactive State Contractor’s License." Some restrictions apply; these are explained on the application. If you consider your license to be "inactive" but it actually has expired and the expiration date is within five years, order a renewal application. If your license expired more than five years ago, you must file an original application and request the license number be reassigned.

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Application to Add New Officer to a Corporation

This application should be completed only to report a new officer to an existing corporate license. Only one corporate officer may be added per form; each additional officer must use a separate form. This form cannot be used to replace the qualifying individual, to report officer title changes, or to disassociate personnel from a license; use other appropriate forms for those purposes.

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Application to Add New Personnel to a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

This application should be completed only to add new personnel to an existing LLC license. Only one member, manager, or officer may be added per form; additional personnel must use a separate form. This form cannot be used to replace the qualifying individual, to report personnel title changes, or to disassociate personnel from a license; use other appropriate forms for those purposes.

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Application to Report Change of Corporate Title for Current Officer of a Corporation

This application should be completed only to report title changes for current officers on an existing license. Only one corporate officer title may be changed per form; each additional officer must use a separate form. This form cannot be used to replace the qualifying individual, to add new officers, or to disassociate personnel from a license; use other appropriate forms for those purposes.

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Application to Report Change of Title for Current Personnel of a Limited Liability Company (LLC)

This application should be completed only to report title changes for current members of the personnel of an existing LLC license. Only one LLC personnel title may be changed per form; each additional personnel must use a separate form. This form cannot be used to replace the qualifying individual, to add new LLC personnel, or to disassociate personnel from a license; use other appropriate forms for those purposes.

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Application to Change Limited Partners of a Partnership

This application should only be completed to report changes of the limited partners of an existing limited partnership license. A limited partner is responsible for a business only in proportion to his or her financial interest, and does not take part in the business’ day-to-day operation. A limited partnership license must have at least one limited partner. If there is only one limited partner on the license and they disassociate, the limited partner must be replaced within 90 days of disassociation to avoid retroactive cancellation of the license.

This application cannot be used to add or remove a general partner. Removing or adding general partners results in the cancellation of the license and requires the new partnership structure to apply for a new license.

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Application to Change Business Name or Address (No Fee)
Order Wall Certificate or Pocket License ($11 Each)

Use this form if you are a licensee or applicant and want to report changes to your mailing address(es) or make allowable changes to your business name(s). If a business name is changed, it must reflect the type of business you operate and the classification in which you are licensed. For example, a sole ownership license cannot add the word "Corporation" to the business name.

Copies of the wall certificate and/or pocket card may be ordered by the license holder only. To order copies, complete the appropriate sections on this form. The fee for each copy is $11.

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Application to Change Home Improvement Salesperson Address (No Fee)
Order Pocket Registration Card ($11 Each)

The application for changing a salesperson's address is for use by home improvement salespersons who need to report changes in their mailing and/or residential addresses.

To order a new pocket registration card, complete the appropriate sections on this form. The fee for each pocket card is $11.

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Disassociation Request

Use this form to notify CSLB of the disassociation of a general partner, qualifying partner, officer, member, responsible managing officer (RMO), responsible managing employee (RME), responsible managing member (RMM), or responsible managing manager (RMG). This notice must be received at CSLB Headquarters within 90 days after the effective date of the disassociation. If the notice is received after 90 days, the date CSLB receives it will be used as the disassociation date. This may result in the suspension or cancellation of the license or the removal of a classification from the license, effective that date. (BPC § 7076, 7068.2, and 7083)

DISASSOCIATION OF A GENERAL PARTNER OR QUALIFYING PARTNER
If a general or qualifying partner disassociates from a license, it results in the cancellation of the partnership license. Pursuant to BPC § 7076, the remaining partner(s) may request a continuance to complete projects in progress. To disassociate a limited partner, use the "Application to Change Limited Partners of a Partnership" (form 13A-62).

DISASSOCIATION OF AN RME, RMO, RMM, or RMG
When an RME, RMO, RMM, or RMG disassociates from a license, the licensee or the RME, RMO, RMM, or RMG must notify CSLB in writing. The licensee must replace the qualifier within 90 days of the disassociation date. Failure to replace the qualifier within 90 days results in the automatic suspension of the license or removal of the classification. If a licensee is unable to replace the RME, RMO, RMM, or RMG within the 90-day period, a 90-day extension can be requested. An extension request will only be considered if received within 90 days from the date of CSLB’s notice that the license will be suspended or the classification removed, if an application has been made to CSLB to replace the qualifying individual, and if one or more of the following circumstances apply:

  • The licensee is disputing the date of disassociation,
  • The qualifier has died, or
  • There has been a delay in processing the application that is out of the applicant’s control and is the responsibility of CSLB or an affiliated state or federal agency.

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License Cancellation Request (Contractors License Only)

This form must be received at CSLB Headquarters within 90 days after the death/disassociation of personnel or the dissolution, merger or surrender of a corporation’s right to do business in California. Failure to notify CSLB within 90 days will cause the license to be canceled, effective the date CSLB receives this form. A request for a continuance must be made in writing and received at CSLB Headquarters within 90 days of the death/disassociation of personnel. (BPC § 7076)

A responsible managing employee or limited partner cannot submit or sign this form.

  • To cancel a sole ownership license, the signature of the owner is required. If the owner is deceased, an immediate family member may complete the form. Please include a copy of the death certificate or obituary.
  • To cancel a partnership license, the signature of a general or qualifying partner is required.
  • To cancel a corporate or limited liability company license, the cancellation request must be:
  1. Signed by two current officers listed in CSLB records; or
  2. If there is only one current officer, member, or manager listed in CSLB records, his/her signature is required, or
  3. If there are no current officers listed in CSLB records, provide a copy of the corporation’s or limited liability company's final dissolution, merger, surrender, cancellation, or conversion filing documents completed by the California Secretary of State.
  • To cancel a joint venture license, the signature of an individual listed on one of the entities that comprise the joint venture license is required.

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License Continuance Request

This form is to be used pursuant BPC § 7076 - see criteria below.

  • A license continuance request can only be considered when this form is submitted and accepted for processing by CSLB within 90 days of the event that caused the license cancellation.
  • What does an approved continuance allow you to do? After a continuance is approved, a sole ownership, partnership, or joint venture license that has been canceled can continue normal business operations for a reasonable amount of time, which is determined by Contractors’ State License Law.
  • Only a sole ownership, partnership, or joint venture entity license may apply for a continuance.
  • Corporations and limited liability companies are not eligible for a continuance.

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Exemption from Workers' Compensation

All licenses on active status and all applicants for issuance of the license must file evidence of workers' compensation insurance or exemption from the requirements. The Certificate of Workers' Compensation Insurance is provided by the workers' compensation insurer. A certificate of consent to self-insure is secured from the director of the Department of Industrial Relations. If the license is on inactive status with CSLB, the certificate does not have to be filed. Contractors who do not hire employees and who are exempt from this requirement should file the "Exemption from Workers' Compensation" (form 13L-50). Contractors with a C-39 Roofing classification are not eligible for exemption from workers’ compensation insurance.

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Qualifier Statement of Ownership

To qualify for an exemption from the Bond of Qualifying Individual (BQI) requirement, the responsible managing officer, responsible managing manager, or responsible managing member must own 10% or more of the voting stock or equity of the corporation or LLC. A “Qualifier Statement of Ownership” form must be submitted to establish the exemption. Note: All responsible managing employees must have BQIs and cannot qualify for the exemption.

The responsible managing officer, responsible managing manager, responsible managing member, or qualifying partner must own at least 20% of each firm for which he/she is the qualifier in order to maintain an active individual license. A Qualifier Statement of Ownership form must be submitted to verify the ownership percentage. If the 20% ownership requirement is not met, the qualifier’s individual license must be inactivated.

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Contractor Bond

A contractor’s bond is required for the issuance of an active license, reactivation of a license, and for the maintenance of an actively renewed license. The bond is filed for the benefit of consumers who may be damaged as a result of defective construction or other license violations, and for the benefit of employees who have not been paid wages that are due to them. The bond must be written on a form approved by CSLB, by a surety company licensed and authorized to write surety bonds through the California Department of Insurance.

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Bond of Qualifying Individual

A bond of qualifying individual (BQI) is required, in addition to the Contractor Bond, if the qualifier is a responsible managing employee (RME). A BQI is also required if the qualifier is a responsible managing officer, responsible managing manager, or responsible managing member with less than 10 percent ownership of the voting stock or equity of the corporation or limited liability company (LLC) for which he/she is qualifying. The bond must be written on a form approved by CSLB, by a surety company licensed and authorized to write surety bonds through the California Department of Insurance.

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To qualify for an exemption from the BQI requirement, the responsible managing officer, responsible managing manager, or responsible managing member must own 10 percent or more of the voting stock or equity of the corporation or LLC. A “Qualifier Statement of Ownership” form must be submitted to establish the exemption. Note: All RMEs must have BQIs and cannot qualify for the exemption.

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LLC Employee/Worker Bond (Limited Liability Companies Only)

An LLC employee/worker bond is required, in addition to the contractor bond, for the issuance of an active license, reactivation of a license, and for the maintenance of an actively renewed license when the business entity is an LLC. The bond is filed for the benefit of any employee or worker damaged by the LLC’s failure to pay wages, interest on wages, or fringe benefits, as well as other contributions. The bond must be written on a form approved by CSLB, by a surety company licensed and authorized to write surety bonds through the California Department of Insurance.

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Request for Bond Acceptance
Business and Professions Code Section 7071.7

If a licensee can show that failure to have a bond on file was due to circumstances beyond his or her control, CSLB can accept the bond as of the effective date, even though it was not received by CSLB within 90 days of that date. CSLB then can reinstate the license, if otherwise eligible, retroactive to the bond’s effective date. (BPC § 7071.7)

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Information on Alternatives in Lieu of Bond Requirements

In lieu of filing a contractor bond, bond of qualifying individual, LLC employee/worker bond, or disciplinary bond with CSLB, a contractor may use one of the following approved bond alternatives for filing a security deposit: certificate of deposit; bank savings account, savings and loan investment certificate, or share account; credit union certificate for fund or share account; or cash. All cash alternatives to bonds must be retained by CSLB for three years after the end of the last license period they cover, or for three years following the completion of the requirement.

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Request for Current Bond Information (Bond Status Letter)

The “Request for Current Bond Information” form is used to obtain information on a license’s current surety bonds; the fee is $8 and must accompany the request. “Current” bond status covers the last three years. Individuals who intend to make a claim against a contractor bond or cash deposit should submit a "Request for Current Bond Information." To obtain additional surety bond history, use the "Request for Certified License History" (form 13L-2b).

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Request for Copies

CSLB can provide copies of public records or other records from which personal or confidential information, such as birth dates, Social Security numbers, residence addresses, experience records, and financial information will be redacted (deleted).

Copies of investigation reports normally cannot be released. However, copies of legal actions, such as the formal case accusation and decision, or citations may be provided.

Copies of the contractor bonds and other documents, with personal or confidential information deleted, may be obtained from a licensee's file. There is a 10-cent-per-page charge for copies. Certification of a copied document costs $2 more. Licensees may request copies of documents from their own files without charge, unless they want the copies certified. Subpoenas for any of CSLB's documents or records must be personally served on the Custodian of Records of the Contractors Board at the headquarters office location, 9821 Business Park Drive, Sacramento, CA 95827. If you want to request copies of documents or inquire about the availability of copies of specific types of documents, send a written inquiry to CSLB, P.O. Box 26000, Sacramento, CA 95826.

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Request for General Status Letter

A general status letter provides current information about a license. A fee of $8 must accompany your request for a general status letter. The information includes the business name and address, classifications held, owners, partners, or officers and qualifying persons, and current standing. The general status letter does not contain license history or bond information. Please allow two to three weeks for a response.

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Request for Certified License History (Verified Certificate)

A Verified Certificate is a certified license history covering a specific time period. The Verified Certificate is used mainly for court actions involving contractors, and is admissible in court as prima facie evidence of the facts stated on the certificate. The document covers the last three years of the license status, unless otherwise requested. The Verified Certificate contains the contractor’s business name and address, trade classifications held, license issuance date, license personnel, bond information (if requested), any enforcement actions taken against the license, and the license status during the time period covered by the certificate.

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Home Improvement Salesperson Certified Registration History (Verified Certificate)

A Verified Certificate of Home Improvement Salesperson provides the salesperson's registration number, the business name and license number of the home improvement contractor with whom the salesperson is registered, and the issuance and expiration dates of the registration. If the person is not registered as a home improvement salesperson, or not registered with a specific contractor, a "no record" certificate is issued. This document is admissible in court as prima facie evidence of the facts stated in the history.

A written request is required for a "Verified Certificate of Home Improvement Salesperson." Your written request should include as much information as you have about the salesperson (name, address, registration number, etc.). The fee for each Verified Certificate is $67. Send the request to CSLB, P.O. Box 26000, Sacramento, CA 95826. Allow about three weeks for a response.

License Verification Request (Reciprocity)

The "License Verification Request" form is for contractors who have been licensed in a state that has a reciprocal license agreement with California. Currently, California has reciprocity with Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. If a contractor has held a valid license in one of these states for the past five years and is applying for a similar license in California, he/she may be eligible for a waiver of the trade exam. The bottom portion of the License Verification Request form must be completed by the licensing agency in the state where the contractor was previously licensed.

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Request for Disclosure of Contractor's License Information

CSLB can provide the public with the nature of complaints that have been investigated and referred for legal action and any legal action CSLB has taken against a license.

The fact that a complaint against a contractor has been referred for legal action does not mean that the contractor has necessarily committed a violation of California Contractors’ State License Law; no conclusion or judgments as to the validity of the charges should be assumed until the legal action has been completed.

After you have checked the license information for a particular contractor and if the status information indicated a past or pending legal action, you can call CSLB’s legal action disclosure number nearest your construction location for further details.

Northern Case Management (916) 255-4041
Southern Case Management (562) 345-7656

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Request for Certificate of Non-License

A Certificate of Non-License is a prepared statement of the absence of a license during a given time period, also called a "No Record Verified Certificate." The Certificate of Non-License is used mainly for court actions involving contractors, and is admissible in court as prima facie evidence of the facts stated on the certificate. To identify the non-licensed subject, you will need to provide the person's full name, business name, and address, if available. The document covers the last three years, unless otherwise requested (up to a maximum of 10 years).

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Public Sales Custom Order Form
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There is a $245 non-refundable fee for this service. With this form, you may order license information within specified parameters, including:

License
Status:
Active, Inactive, or Both.
In Good Standing – Licenses currently renewed with NO suspensions
   OR
ALL - Licenses In Good Standing, plus those currently renewed WITH suspensions
License Classification(s)
Business Type: Sole Owner, Partnership, Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC), Joint Venture
Geographic Locations: By County, Zip Code, or Region

 

With This Order, You Will Receive: You Will NOT Receive:
✓ CURRENTLY RENEWED Licenses ✓ Expired, Cancelled, or Revoked Licenses
✓ Contractor License Number
✓ Business Name and Address
✓ Business Telephone Number
✓ Original Issue Date
✓ Current Expiration Date
✓ License Classification(s)
✓ Current Surety Bond Company (Name Only)
✓ Current Workers’ Comp Insurance Info
• Exemption Code (if applicable)
• Insurer's Company Code
• Policy Number
• Policy Effective Date
• Policy Expiration or Cancellation Date
✓ Names of License Personnel
✓ Personal Information (DOB, SSN, residential address)
✓ Email Addresses

✓ Surety Bond Number
✓ Surety Bond Effective Date
✓ Surety Bond Expiration or Cancellation Date
✓ You WILL receive the data in Text File format ✓ You will NOT receive the data in Excel

Review the Record Layout (PDF) to ensure this is the data you require.

The number of records provided in the order depends on the parameters set by the requestor.


Full File/Update File Order Form - CD/DVD
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There is a $235 non-refundable fee for each file ordered. With this form, you may order FULL and/or UPDATE files of the CSLB’s license database. Files are provided in Text File format, NOT Excel.

IMPORTANT
  • A FULL file is required to obtain all license records. Full files are run in January and July.
  • UPDATE files may then be ordered on a monthly basis to update the records provided in the Full file. In order to have the most current information possible, you must obtain a FULL file and supplement it with monthly UPDATE files.
  • UPDATE files include any changes which occurred to a license within a specific month. If no changes occurred to a license during that month, the license record will not be reflected on the Update file.

 

Review the Record Layout to ensure this is the data you require.

 

Be aware of the following:
License Master
File

Record Layout
(PDF)

✓ The FULL file provides approximately 750,000 records. You will need large file software to view the data.

✓ Licenses include current, expired, cancelled, and revoked status.

✓ Licenses can be expired in excess of 10 years.

✓ Names of license personnel are NOT included. If you are interested in obtaining personnel history information, you must purchase the Business Principle Full File IN ADDITION TO this file.

✓ This file includes surety bond company and policy information.

✓ This file DOES NOT include workers' compensation information.

Business Principle
File

Record Layout
(PDF)

✓ The FULL file provides approximately 1.2 million records. You will need large file software to view the data.

✓ This file provides a full history of personnel for each license, including ALL currently associated and disassociated personnel. Personal information (DOB, SSN, residential address) is NOT included.

✓ Business names and addresses are NOT included. If you are interested in obtaining business name and address information, you must purchase the License Master Full File IN ADDITION TO this file.

Workers’ Comp
File

Record Layout
(PDF)

✓ Business names and addresses are NOT included. If you are interested in obtaining business name and address information, you must purchase the License Master Full File IN ADDITION TO these files.

✓ Personnel information is NOT included. If you are interested in obtaining personnel history information, you must purchase the Business Principle Full File IN ADDITION TO these files.

Action Codes
File

Record Layout
(PDF)
Complaint Disclosure
Legal Action
File

Record Layout
(PDF)
CSLB Client Services Complaint and Suggestion Form

Use this form to make suggestions or to file a complaint concerning the services provided by CSLB. This is not the form to file a complaint against a contractor.

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CSLB Speakers Bureau Request Form

Use this form to request a CSLB speaker for a function or event at least three (3) weeks in advance.

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Building Department Referral Form

Building Departments use this form to notify CSLB about unlicensed activity, contractors working without workers' compensation insurance, and building code violations.

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Request for Stop Order Appeal Hearing

This form is to be used if you are an employer who was issued a Stop Order and wish to protest the order. You must file this written request within 20 days after the order is served. The hearing shall be held within five business days of filing the request. CSLB will notify the employer of the time and place of the hearing by mail. Once you have completed and signed the form, you can return it by mail or facsimile to:

CSLB
Attn: Stop Order Coordinator
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827

Fax: (916) 369-7265

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Consumer Complaint Form

CSLB's complaint process is designed to protect the public in matters pertaining to construction and to assist in the resolution of construction-related complaints. CSLB addresses violations of California Contractors License Law, whether the contractor is licensed or unlicensed, for up to four years from the date of the act.

  • How the Complaint Process Works

    This section is an overview about how CSLB addresses complaints and the procedures that are followed.

  • Licensed and Unlicensed Project Complaints

    Use this form if you are a homeowner, other contractor, subcontractor, or employee who wants to file a complaint against a contractor. Public agencies also may file complaints using this form.

    Complaint form (PDF | ORDER | ONLINE)

  • Unlicensed and Licensed Contractor Projects - Active

    Use this form to file a complaint for ACTIVE projects being undertaken by both unlicensed and licensed contractors. Please submit this form only if you know the job site address. If you are party to a contract on an active project, please use the Complaint form above.

    Lead Referral form (PDF)

  • Advertising Complaints

    Use this form to report an unlicensed contractor who is advertising illegally.

    Advertising Complaint form (PDF)

  • Building Permit Complaints

    This form is to be used to report any contractor who fails to pull a project building permit for construction activity.

    Building Permit Violation Referral form (PDF)

Permit Violations Form

Building permits are required by law as a public safety measure. Permits ensure that construction is performed in compliance with state and local codes, including safety standards. Since 2010, CSLB has accelerated enforcement of building permit violations.

Failure to obtain a building permit is a violation of California Contractors License Law. Further, construction performed without a permit can expose a homeowner to additional liability and costs. When a contractor performs work without the required permit, it is a violation of Business and Professions Code sections 7110 and 7090. Contractors who violate the law are subject to disciplinary action by CSLB, including assessment of civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, an order of correction to pay the cost of permit fees, as well as any assessed penalties imposed by the local building department, and suspension or revocation of the license.

If you suspect a violation has occured, please fill out a "Permit Violation Form." CSLB will contact the contractor regarding the permit allegation and take the appropriate disciplinary action.

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SWIFT Lead Referral Form

Use the SWIFT Lead Referral form to file a complaint against an unlicensed contractor who is ACTIVELY working on a construction project. Complaints against unlicensed contractors may be filed with the board by other public agencies, other contractors, subcontractors, homeowners, and employees. Complaints within the board's jurisdiction involve licensed contractors and unlicensed operators.

It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project for which the contract price is $500 or more in combined labor and materials costs.

In general, the board has jurisdiction over licensed and unlicensed contractor complaints for up to four years from the time the alleged damage occurred.

The lead form should be complete and provide detailed information regarding the unlicensed activity. Please indicate if there are employees on the project. The more information and evidence (including photos), the better.

After completing the form, fax or mail it to the appropriate SWIFT office, based on the county where the alleged unlicensed activity is taking place.

Northern SWIFT Central SWIFT Southern SWIFT
Alameda County Placer County Fresno County Imperial County
Alpine County Plumas County Inyo County Los Angeles County
Amador County Sacramento County Kern County Orange County
Butte County San Francisco County Kings County Riverside County
Calaveras County San Joaquin County Madera County San Bernardino County
Colusa County San Mateo County Mariposa County San Diego County
Contra Costa County Santa Clara County Merced County Ventura County
Del Norte County Shasta County Mono County  
El Dorado County Sierra County Monterey County  
Glenn County Siskiyou County San Benito County  
Humboldt County Solano County San Luis Obispo County  
Lake County Sonoma County Santa Barbara County  
Lassen County Stanislaus County Santa Cruz County  
Marin County Sutter County Tuolumne County  
Mendocino County Tehama County Tulare County  
Modoc County Trinity County    
Napa County Yolo County    
Nevada County Yuba County    


Northern SWIFT
9821 Business Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95827
Office numbers (916) 255-2924 / Fax (916) 369-7265
Email Northern Swift

Central SWIFT
1277 E. Alluvial Avenue, Suite 106
Fresno, CA 93720
Office numbers (559) 490-0580 / Fax (559) 447-1492
Email Central SWIFT

Southern SWIFT
12501 East Imperial Highway, Suite 610
Norwalk, CA 90650
Office numbers (562) 345-7600 / Fax (562) 466-6065
Email Southern SWIFT

Please note: Complaints regarding COMPLETED construction projects should not be reported on a "SWIFT Lead Referral" form; instead use the Complaint form.

Complaints are processed according to the date of receipt, priority, and staff availability if the job site is located in a remote area. The complaint will be assigned to an Enforcement division representative for follow-up.

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For more information regarding CSLB's Forms and Applications section, contact CSLB's Licensing Information Center at (800) 321-2752.

 
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