Beware of bad contractors licensing information!
Isn’t everything on the internet true?? But seriously, you have to beware of bad contractors licensing information on the www.
I came across this webpage: https://generalcontractorlicenseguide.com/california-contractors-license/ and as I read through it, I kept finding bad, incorrect, erroneous information. I started to make a list but when I got to about half of the article I gave up. Just too many mistakes/errors, etc.
Here is some of the misinformation I found:
1) (CLSB) should be CSLB
2) “Applicants may be exempted from the exam if they have been actively working in the construction trades continuously for at least the past five years.” This is basically incorrect, but appears it might be referring to a specific exemption with specific conditions. Doing more research or talking to a licensing professional will let you know if you qualify for any type of waiver.
3) Experience must be “…certified by an individual who can speak to the quality of the applicant’s work.” Incorrect. The law only states that the certifier must have first hand knowledge of the experience being provided. The certifier has nothing to do with the quality of the applicants work.
4) “The applicant’s experience must also be able to be verified via an official document, such as payroll slips, contracts, or something similar.” This is only true if the application is randomly pulled for a secondary review.
5) “Fee payments may be made by mailing a check or money order. In-person payments may also be made at the licensing headquarters by cash (exact amount only), check, money order, and credit card.” The CSLB will not accept a credit card for application fees. The CSLB will accept credit/debit payments for license renewals, but not license apps. And this can only take place at specific CSLB offices.
So, when researching information on how to obtain your contractors license, no matter what state you’re in, be careful of sites that were only created to make someone money by ad clicks placed throughout the page. Their goal is not to provide you with accurate information, in fact, that goal may not even be on their list. They just want you to click on ads and make them $$.