The 4 Possible Contractors License Application Waivers Available in California
I wanted to take a moment to discuss the different types of contractors license application waivers. I’m often asked, “Do I get a waiver of the exam since I’ve been working my trade for the last decade?” No. The waiver requirements are very specific. I’ve included the law text below, but I will break it down for you here.
Listed on License Waiver:
With this waiver, you must have been listed on the license you intend to qualify for at least 5 out of the previous 7 years. Note, the license has to have been in good standing for those 5 yrs. If you apply on the 5th year anniversary, but the license was suspended for anything for any amount of time during that 5 year period, you will need to wait until the license has had a minimum of 5 good standing years. I mentioned a moment ago that this waiver is for someone who intends to qualify the license they are listed on. Hence the name of the waiver. You can only use this waiver if you will be replacing the existing qualifier on the license. Now, it is possible to replace the existing qualifier, and then be replaced by that qualifier allowing you to obtain your own license without taking the exams. This is because the law only requires that you hold the classification for at least one day within the last 5 years.
This waiver will allow you to become the qualifier and take over an existing sole owner license. The licensee must have retired or passed away and you must be an immediate family member. Immediate family is interpreted to be “a spouse, father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandson, granddaughter, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.” You’ll have to submit an Application for a new license, requesting the family waiver for the existing license. The business name will remain the same and can not be changed. If the licensee has passed away, you’ll need to provide a death certificate. If the licensee is retiring, he will need to submit a signed letter stating he/she is retiring and allowing the family member to take over the license/business.
This is type of exam waiver is not very well known. The law requires that you be an employee of the company in a supervisory role. You’ll need to show experience as a supervisor and show verification of your employment. A letter from an officer of the company, on company letterhead, stating your role with the company should be submitted.
Previously Held the Classification Waiver:
This waiver is for someone who doesn’t currently hold the classification but did at least one day within the last 5 years.
Those are the waivers currently available. If you think you might fit into one of these, feel free to email me with your specific situation and I’ll determine if you qualify.
7065.1. Notwithstanding Section 7065, the registrar may waive the examination for a contractor’s license under any of the following circumstances: (a) The qualifying individual has, for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure, been listed on the official records of the board as a member of the personnel of any licensee who held a license, which was active and in good standing, in the same classification being applied for, and who during the period listed on the license has been actively engaged in a licensee’ s construction activities in the same classification within which the applicant applies for a license. (b) The qualifying individual is an immediate member of the family of a licensee whose individual license was active and in good standing for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure, and the qualifying individual is able to show all of the following: (1) The qualifying individual has been actively engaged in the licensee’s business for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure. (2) The license is required to continue the existing family business in the event of the absence or death of the licensee. (3) An application is made for a new license in the same classifications in which the licensee is or was licensed. (c) The qualifying individual is an employee of a corporation or a limited liability company seeking to replace its former qualifying individual and has been employed by that corporation or limited liability company under the following conditions: (1) For five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure, the qualifying individual has been continually employed by the corporation or limited liability company in a supervisory capacity in the same classifications being applied for. (2) For five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure, the corporation or limited liability company has held an active license in good standing in the same classifications being applied for. (3) The corporation or limited liability company has not requested a waiver under this subdivision within the past five years. For purposes of this section, employees of a corporation or limited liability company shall include, but not be limited to, the officers of a corporation and the officers and managers of a limited liability company.