How to Get a California Contractors License Part 4

IN THIS SERIES OF POSTS, I’LL TELL YOU HOW TO GET A CALIFORNIA CONTRACTORS LICENSE. ON TO PART 4.

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16) DOES THE CSLB RECOGNIZE LICENSES FROM OTHER STATES?

Yes. The CSLB has reciprocity agreements with Utah, Nevada and Arizona. It is possible to get a CA license if you hold a license in one of these states by only having to take the CA Law & Business exam. The key is, you must have been licensed in the other State for a minimum of 5 out of the last 7 years. Note, if you are applying for one of the 8 critical classifications, be prepared to submit additional experience verification documents with your application.

17) WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET CAUGHT OPERATING WITHOUT A LICENSE?

It is a misdemeanor in CA, and the fines can range from $200 to $15,000. A citation would be issued that would remain at the Board for up to 10 years. So if or when you apply for your license, your application will be delayed for an extended period of time while they review the circumstances of the citation.

18) AM I REQUIRED TO BE FINGERPRINTED?

Yes. Fingerprints are required for all new applications, adding officers to an existing license, replacing the qualifier, etc.

19) WHAT IF I HAVE A MISDEMEANOR CONVICTION FROM YEARS AGO? CAN I STILL GET MY LICENSE?

Yes. You can still get your license but the application processing time will be greatly increased. All fingerprints go through the CA Department of Justice and the FBI before being sent to the CSLB. At the CSLB the records will be reviewed by the Criminal Background Unit or CBU. At the time of this video, the current backlog in the CBU is around 2 months. Which means that receiving a test date and obtaining your license could take as long as 4-6 months.

20) ARE THERE ANY FINANCIAL REQUIREMENTS TO QUALIFY FOR A LICENSE?

Yes. The CSLB requires that you maintain at least $2500 in working capital. There is a check box in the application that ask’s you this question. But the CSLB does not require you to provide banking information to prove this.

Stay tuned… Part 5 coming soon!

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Illegal Contractors Advertising on Internet Still Being Caught in Los Angeles Area CSLB Stings 6/20/13

SACRAMENTO – Three more illegal contractors were caught in a Rolling Hills Estates undercover sting operation just one month after the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) arrested eight individuals who were contracting without required state licenses and other legal infractions in the same location.

CSLB’s Statewide Investigative Fraud Team (SWIFT) conducted the one-day sting in the southern Los Angeles area on June 19, 2013, with the assistance of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation.

Undercover CSLB investigators sought bids for work on flooring, concrete, fencing, tree-trimming, and garage doors at the residential sting property. Suspects were contacted through business cards and ads that appeared in the online bulletin board craigslist.org.

“Property owners considering improvement projects should always consult CSLB’s online instant license check to ensure the individual is licensed and that their contractor license is in good standing,” said CSLB Registrar Steve Sands. “Consumers must remember that in California, CSLB-licensed contractors are required for all home improvement jobs totaling $500 or more in combined labor and material costs.”

Illegal contractors often put legitimate, tax-paying contractors at a competitive disadvantage, and, if a contractor isn’t properly licensed and insured, the homeowner could pay more than expected to get the job done right or could be liable for accidental onsite injuries. It only takes a few seconds to check a contractor license on CSLB’s website for peace of mind.

Two of the three suspects face misdemeanor charges of contracting without a license (Business and Professions Code section 7028). First-conviction penalties for contracting without a license include up to six months in jail and/or up to $5,000 in fines; subsequent convictions bring harsher penalties. One suspect was cited for requesting an excessive down payment (Business and Professions Code section 7159.5 (a)(3)(b)). The legal down payment limit is 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less. Also, one citation was issued for failure to have the required CSLB Home Improvement Salesperson registration (Business and Professions Code section 7153). It is a misdemeanor for any home improvement company salesperson in California to write contracts for their employer without being CSLB-registered.

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