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Looking to Make a Change to Your License? Here's Some Helpful Information

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The 2019 Contractors License Law & Reference Book is an excellent resource for information about making any changes to your license. Also known as the CSLB law book, chapter two has answers to questions about common license modifications.

Here are a few tips to help guide you through chapter two.

(This information was taken from pages 36-37 of the CSLB law book. Please refer to the book for more detailed and in-depth information.)

Steps to Adding a Classification to Existing License

If your license status is current, you may fill out a separate "Application for Additional License Classification" for each classification you are requesting. Here are some informative steps to adding a classification:

This information is available in further detail on page 36 of the CSLB law book.

Changes in Personnel

Changes in personnel can have an affect on a contractor license. Here is a list of what to do if there are personnel changes:

More detailed information on personnel changes can be found on pages 37-39 in the CSLB law book.

Changes in Business Name or Address

Report changes to business name or address as soon as possible, but no later than 90 days after the change. You can notify CSLB by submitting the Application to Change Business Name and/or Address." Please note the following:

Changes in Business Type

CSLB licenses five types of business entities:

  1. Sole Ownership
  2. Partnership
  3. Corporation
  4. Joint Venture
  5. Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Whenever the business type is changed, it's required to obtain a new license. If you were to change your business entity without obtaining a new license, your business would face all the legal risks of an unlicensed contractor.

For more information regarding changing your business entity, including a Q&A about license requirements, visit page 40 of the CSLB law book.

The 2019 edition of the California Contractors License Law & Reference Book is now available for purchase, or to view online for free. The cost of the 1,100-page book, which includes information you need to become a licensed contractor, maintain your existing license, and run a successful contracting business, is $36.00, plus tax and shipping. The book can only be purchased directly from the publisher.

Click here to purchase a copy of the book

Click here to view a copy of the book online

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