for Becoming a California
Blueprint for Becoming a Licensed Contractor
Members of the Contractors State License Board
Larry Booth, Chair
John “Bert” Sandman
Hacob “Jake” Shirvanian
Stephen P. Sands, Registrar of Contractors
© Copyright 2005, California Contractors State License Board
This booklet is an official publication of the State of California. Permission to
reprint may be granted only for the complete and unaltered reproduction of the
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or deletions may be made to the content, organization, or format of the publication
so long as the state seal, the logo of the Contractors State License Board, and any
reference to the Board remain part of the printed work.
While this publication is designed to provide accurate and current information
about becoming a California licensed contractor, readers should consult the
California Contractors License Law and Reference Book for specific laws.
For information about the Contractors State License Board, visit our Web site,
www.cslb.ca.gov or call toll-free 1-800-321-CSLB (2752).
California Contractors State License Board
Construction is one of the largest industries in California’s diverse economy,
affording numerous opportunities for success. With approximately 280,000 con-
tractor licenses currently issued, the Contractors State License Board receives more
than 25,000 applications for new licenses each year.
This booklet answers many of the most frequently asked questions about what is
needed to qualify for and obtain a contractor’s license. The procedure for obtaining
a contractor’s license makes becoming a licensed contractor more convenient than
ever—there are testing sites located statewide, and now you can check on the status
of your application via our toll-free telephone n