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Table of Contents

  1. App for Contractor's License

  2. App for Contractor's Exam Waiver License

  3. App for LLC Contractor's Lic

  4. App for LLC Contractor's Exam Waiver License

  5. App for Joint Venture Lic

  6. App for Additional Class

  7. App for Asbestos Cert

  8. App for Hazardous Removal Cert

  9. App for Replacing the Qualifying Individual

  10. App to Inactivate Contractor’s License

  11. App to Reactivate a Contractor's License

  12. App to Remove Classification From License

  13. App to Chg Limited Partners

  14. App for HIS

  15. App to Add New Officer to a Corporation

  16. App to Report Change of Corporate Title for Current Officer of a Corporation

  17. App to Add New Personnel to a LLC

  18. App to Report Change of Title for Current Personnel of a LLC

  19. Add Personnel Continued

  20. Bond - Contractor's

  21. Bond - LLC Employee/Worker

  22. Bond - Qualifying Indiv

  23. Bond Alternatives

  24. Building Dept Referral

  25. Cancellation - HIS

  26. Complaint Form

  27. Complaints and Suggestions - CSLB Services

  28. Copies

  29. General Status Letter

  30. Disassociation

  31. Disclosure - Criminal Plea/Conviction

  32. Disclosure - Legal Action

  33. Exemption from Workers’ Compensation

  34. License Cancellation Request

  35. License Continuance Request

  36. License History, Certified

  37. Non-License History, Certified

  38. License History - HIS, Certified

  39. Name and Addr Change

  40. Name and Addr Change - HIS

  41. Permit Violation Form

  42. Project List

  43. Public Sales - CSLB Files

  44. Public Sales - Lists

  45. Bond of Qualifying Individual Exemption Request

  46. Reciprocity - Verification of License

  47. Renewal - Duplicate or Delinquent

  48. Request for Bond Acceptance

  49. Request for Current Bond Information

  50. Request for Stop Order Appeal Hearing

  51. Sole Owner Applying for Corp License

  52. Speakers Bureau Req

  53. Special Accommodation for Exam

  54. SWIFT Lead Referral

  55. Wall and/or Pocket Cert

  56. Work Experience Cert

Forms and Applications

Alert symbolFee payments are accepted only by mail or at CSLB's Sacramento Headquarters, 9821 Business Park Dr., Sacramento, CA 95827. Payments are not accepted over the phone. Payments by mail should be made by check or money order only. Payments at the Headquarters office may be made by cash (exact change only), check, or money order. In addition, the Headquarters office accepts the following credit cards:

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover
  • American Express

Some of the documents below are provided in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, which can be viewed or printed using your Web browser and Adobe's Acrobat Reader software (How to get the Acrobat Reader).

You can order some of the documents online and they will be mailed to you. Just click the order link and fill out the online form.


Limited Liability Company (LLC) Applications

The following applications are solely for use by LLCs applying for licensure or to modify an existing LLC license. For more information on the licensure of LLCs, please refer to CSLB’s LLC webpage.

Application for Original Contractor License

This application for original contractor license is for new applicants when experience and/or an examination is required. View a sample "Application for Original Contractor License."
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Application for LLC Original Contractor License

For limited liability company (LLC) applicants only.

This application for LLC original contractor license is for new applicants when experience and/or an examination is required. 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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Project List

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. 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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Application for Original Contractor License (Exam Waived)

(To be used for Business and Professions (B&P) Code section 7065 waiver only—see criteria below.)

This application for original contractor license is to be used for B&P Code section 7065 waiver-only applicants (e.g., sole owner applying for a corporate license). B&P Code section 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 on board 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 order an "Application for Original Contractor License."

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Application for LLC Original Contractor License (Exam Waived)

For LLC applicants only

(To be used for B&P Code section 7065 waiver only—see criteria below.)

This application for original contractor license is to be used for B&P Code section 7065 waiver-only applicants (e.g., sole owner applying for an LLC license). B&P Code section 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 on board 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 an "Application for LLC Original Contractor License."
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Section 4—Additional Personnel

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

This form is required to reissue a sole ownership license to a corporation, and MUST be submitted with an "Application for 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. View a sample of an "Application for Original Contractor License."
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For LLC licensees, please use this form. (PDF)
 

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" (form 13A-2), and the required fee to add classification to the license.

If the business name that appears on 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 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 proprietorship with the owner or a qualified, responsible managing employee; on a partnership with a qualified responsible managing employee; on a corporation with a qualified responsible managing employee or qualified, responsible managing officer; and 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 owner, partner, officer, member, manager, or the qualifier who is leaving. Notification may be by letter or by using the "Notice of Disassociation." 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 responsible managing employee must inactivate his or her sole proprietor license to qualify for another license, and meet certain employment requirements. On a sole proprietor license, the RME may be replaced by the owner or by another RME. On a partnership license, the RME may be replaced by a 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. View a sample of an "Application for Original Contractor's License."
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For LLC licensees, please use this form. (PDF)
 

Changing Business Name and/or Address or Certified Wall and/or Pocket Certificate

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 proprietorship license cannot add the word "Corporation" to the business name.

Certified copies of the wall certificate and/or renewal pocket certificate may be ordered by the license holder only. Use the appropriate section of this form to change the name and address. The fee for each certified copy is $11.
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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 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 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; each 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 Title for Current Personnel of a Limited Liability Company

The application should be completed only to report title changes for current members of the personnel on 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

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License Cancellation Request Form (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 this state. 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. (Business and Professions Code section 7076)

A Responsible Managing Employee or Limited Partner cannot submit or sign this form.

  • To cancel an individual 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 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 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 final dissolution, merger or surrender 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

To be used pursuant to Business and Professions (B&P) Code section 7076 - see criteria below.

  • A license continuance request can only be considered when this form is submitted and accepted for processing by the Contractors State License Board (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 cancelled 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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Duplicate or Delinquent 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 often happens if you move without providing the Board with a current mailing address for the license or if the Post Office is not forwarding your mail. If you order another renewal, please be sure you indicate a current address. A license can be renewed as a delinquent renewal for up to five years after it expires, as long as there is no change of ownership of the license—that is, the same owner, or same partners, or same corporation as was previously licensed will be renewing. When ordering a renewal, you will be asked for the business name of the license, license number, and license expiration date.

The renewal will be mailed to the address of record. Please do not order a duplicate renewal unless you have not received the renewal by three to four weeks before your license expiration date.
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Application for Reactivation

A license which 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 to reassign the license number.
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Bond of Qualifying Individual Exemption Request

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 Bond of Qualifying Individual Exemption Request form must be submitted to establish the exemption. Note: All Responsible Managing Employees must have BQI’s and cannot qualify for the exemption.

A 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 Bond of Qualifying Individual Exemption Request 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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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, obtain a renewal application from CSLB by calling (800) 321-CSLB (2752).
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Application for Joint Venture Contractor's License

A joint venture license may be issued to any combination of two or more licenses issued to sole proprietors, 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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Disassociation Request

Use this form to notify CSLB of the disassociation of a General Partner, Qualifying Partner, Officer, Responsible Managing Officer (RMO), or Responsible Managing Employee (RME). 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. (Business and Professions Code sections 7076, 7068.2, and 7083)

DISASSOCIATION OF A GENERAL PARTNER OR QUALIFYING PARTNER
If a partner disassociates from a license, it results in the cancellation of the partnership license. Pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 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 OR RMO
When an RME or RMO disassociates from a license, the licensee or the RME or RMO must notify the Registrar 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 or RMO 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 the board’s notice that the license will be suspended or the classification removed, and if an application has been made to CSLB to replace the qualifying individual.
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Contractor Bond

A Contractor 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 the 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 on the license is listed as a Responsible Managing Employee. A BQI is also required if the qualifier is listed as 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 the 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 Responsible Managing Employees must have BQI’s 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. 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 the CSLB by a surety company licensed and authorized to write surety bonds through the California Department of Insurance.
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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 the CSLB, a contractor may use one of the following approved 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 Bond Acceptance

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. (Business and Professions Code section 7071.7)
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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 current surety bonds on a license; the fee is $8 and must accompany the request. “Current” bond status covers the last three years. Persons 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-2).
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Workers' Compensation Insurance Exemption

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 Industrial Relations. If the license is on inactive status with the board, 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 Insurance" (form 13L-50). Contractors with a C-39 Roofing classification are not eligible for exemption from workers’ compensation insurance.
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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 facsmile to:

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

Fax: (916) 369-7265
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Request for Legal Action Disclosure Information

CSLB can provide the public with the nature of complaints that have been investigated and referred for legal action, and any legal action the Board 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 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 the board'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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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 is considered falsification of the application and may result in the denial of licensure.
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Application for Asbestos Certification

The application for asbestos certification is to be used by currently licensed contractors who bid for or do asbestos-related contracting. When a licensee has qualified for this certification, it will be 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 booklet is furnished to applicants with their notices to comply with issuance requirements.
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Application for Hazardous Substance Removal 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 Limited Specialty classifications for service station equipment and maintenance.
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Consumer Complaint Form

Complaints against contractors may be filed with CSLB by homeowners, other contractors, subcontractors, or employees. Other public agencies also may file complaints. Complaints within the Board's jurisdiction involve failure of a licensed contractor to fulfill the terms of an agreement. Failures include poor workmanship; abandonment of a project; failure to pay subcontractors, material suppliers or employees; or building code violations. Other failures are lack of reasonable diligence in executing a construction project; use of false, misleading or deceptive advertising; violations of the Home Improvement Act, etc.

The Board also investigates complaints involving unlicensed contracting activities. 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 material costs.

In general, CSLB has jurisdiction over licensedcontractors and unlicensed operators for up to four years.

Complaints must be filed in writing either online or by requesting a copy of CSLB's standard complaint form by calling the toll-free automated information phone line at (800) 321-CSLB (2752), writing P.O. Box 269116, Sacramento, CA 95827, or ordering the form here. When you have filled out the complaint form, you can print it and attach copies of contracts, canceled checks, or other information pertinent to your complaint, and mail it to one of the following addresses.

For work performed in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, or Ventura counties:

Norwalk Intake/Mediation Center
12501 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620
Norwalk, CA 90650

For work performed in any California county not mentioned above:

Sacramento Intake/Mediation Center
P.O. Box 269116
Sacramento, CA 95826

Complaints are processed according to their degree of severity and their date of receipt. A consumer services representative will contact both the complainant and the contractor to attempt to mediate the complaint. If mediation is not successful, the complaint may be either referred to the CSLB's arbitration program or assigned to an enforcement representative for investigation.

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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 permir 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 Plumas County Fresno County Imperial County
Alpine County Sacramento County Inyo County Los Angeles County
Amador County San Benito 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 Santa Barbara County
Del Norte County Santa Cruz County Mono County Ventura County
El Dorado County Shasta County Monterey County  
Glenn County Sierra County San Luis Obispo County  
Humboldt County Siskiyou County Tulare County  
Lake County Solano County Tuolumne County  
Lassen County Sonoma County    
Marin County Stanislaus County    
Mendocino County Sutter County    
Modoc County Tehama County    
Napa County Trinity County    
Nevada County Yolo County    
Placer County Yuba County      

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

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

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

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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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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Application for Registration as a Home Improvement Salesperson

The application for registration as a home improvement salesperson is for a person who is employed by a licensed contractor to solicit, sell, negotiate or execute home improvement contracts. A home improvement salesperson must register separately for each contractor he or she represents.
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Changing Home Improvement Salesperson's Address or Request for Pocket Registration Card

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

To order a new pocket registration card, use the appropriate section of the address change form. The fee for each certified copy is $11.
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Home Improvement Salesperson Registration Cancellation Request Form

This form is used to cancel a home improvement salesperson's registration. The request must be received at CSLB Headquarters within 90 days of the effective date of cancellation. If the effective date of cancellation is not given, the cancellation will be effective on the date CSLB receives the form.
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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 issue date, the license personnel, bond information (if requested), any enforcement actions taken against the license, and the standing of the license at all times during the period covered by the certificate.
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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 of the license status, unless otherwise requested (up to a maximum of 10 years).
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Request for Verification of License (Reciprocity)

The "Request for Verification of License" 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 "Request for Verification of License" form must be completed by the licensing agency in the state where the contractor was previously licensed.
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Home Improvement Salesperson Certified License 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 on 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.
 

Request for Copies

The board 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 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 bonding information. Please allow 2 or 3 weeks for a response.
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Building Department Referral Form

Use this form to notify CSLB about unlicensed activity, contractors working without workers' compensation insurance, and building code violations.
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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.
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CSLB Speakers Bureau Request Form

Print and submit this form to request a CSLB speaker.
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Public Sales Custom Order Form - ( PDF | Order )
 

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 – Currently Renewed with NO suspensions.
   OR
ALL - Licenses In Good Standing, as well as 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 and 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
✓ Personnel Names
✓ 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 - ( PDF | Order )

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 data base. 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.

✓ Personnel names 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.

✓ 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 names are 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)

 

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