Admit it: You’re the handy type. You love building things and now you’re wondering if you can make a career out of it.
If this describes you, it’s time to explore getting your contractor’s license in North Carolina. There’s a lot of information out there, but I’ve put together a simple how-to guide to get you through the process fast.
Let’s get started.
The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors requires that anyone doing business contracting work get a license first. And there’s a good reason why. The state is protecting homeowners from scams and unsafe work practices. A license helps weed out the good from the bad, and it helps protect people.
But a license benefits contractors too. It adds a level of professionalism to your business and is an asset that you can market to customers. With a license, you’ll:
To me, getting licensed sounds like a no-brainer. Now, let’s talk about how you can get one with the state.
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The North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors has a ton of information online about the licensing process, as well as the state’s laws. They even have a Facebook page where you can go for news and updates.
To apply for a license, you’ll need:
If you meet these requirements, you can fill out the application form. There are three types of licenses to apply for in North Carolina:
The requirements vary for each of these licenses, but they’re all listed on the application form. Once you choose your license type, you’ll need to:
Prove that you’re a registered business with the North Carolina Secretary of State.
Appoint a qualifier who will need to pass the licensing exam.
Get a financial statement to prove you’re in good standing.
Obtain a surety bond.
Pay the application and licensing fees:
When you’re ready, you can send your application packet to:
North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
5400 Creedmoor Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612
To get your North Carolina contractor’s license, you’ll also need to pass an exam through PSI. To learn about upcoming exam dates, as well as sign up, you can check out the State of North Carolina Candidate Information Bulletin.
Specialized contractors, like electricians and plumbers, need to follow a different process. Fortunately, it’s all outlined online. Here’s where you need to go:
Apply for your North Carolina electrical license through the:
North Carolina State of Examiners of Electrical Contractors
3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 206
Raleigh, NC 27609
You can find the application online and schedule an exam.
The North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors handles licenses for plumbers. You can contact them directly to get the application form and any instructions:
North Carolina State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating, and Fire Sprinkler Contractors
1109 Dresser Court
Raleigh, NC 27609
If you’ve made it this far, give yourself a big pat on the back. Getting a contractor’s license takes a lot of effort.
Now it’s time to advertise your new license on your website, business cards, contracts, and other materials. Make sure to include your license number too. Your customers will love seeing that you have North Carolina’s official stamp of approval.
You can also advertise your business insurance plan. You’ll give customers peace of mind when you show you have coverage. And if you’re not happy with your current coverage, you can find a new plan today.
I earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (go Bucky). After realizing my first job might involve carrying a police scanner at 2 am in pursuit of “newsworthy” crimes, I decided I was better suited for freelance blogging and marketing writing. Since 2010, I’ve owned my freelance writing business, EST Creative. When I’m not penning, doodling ideas, or chatting with clients, you’ll find me hiking with my husband, baby boy, and 2 mischievous mutts.
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