Throughout the United States, contractors are required by law to be licensed. A
contractor license from one state, however, will not exactly translate to other states, because
state laws vary and the requirements of one state are not exactly met
by the license from another. Therefore, you might not be allowed to do
contractor work in the south or northeast if you've been licensed
on the west coast
Contractor Licensing Requirements
In most states, those seeking to become licensed for contractor work are
required to be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma
or G.E.D. Candidates must also be citizens or legal residents of the U.S.,
furnish two photos of I.D., and supply documentation of other state licenses.
Furthermore, any infractions pertaining to construction work must be explained
when pursuing a license.
Contractor License Categories
at least 40 classifications for contractor work in every state, so one of your first steps is to determine which area
will best suit you. Some of the general categories for contracting work
include engineering and building. Specialty categories for contractors
include carpentry, demolition, electrical, fire protection, flooring,
insulation, landscaping, plumbing, roofing, security, and substance removal.
Contractor Test Preparation
During the application process, you'll probably have to take a contractor
licensing test, which would include a written exam about the laws and
skills that relate to your area of contractor work. In all likelihood,
you'll also need to furnish proof that you have the capital to run
a business, and show that you have prior experience in the field. As a
backup, you'll probably also need to provide references from customers,
coworkers, banks, and prior employers.
In advance of taking a contractor licensing test, come to the
Arizona Contractor License Center to study the applicable materials. Call our Phoenix location at (888)
738-3175 to learn more about how we can help you pass the state's