Applying for a Contractor LicenseAre you a small business needing help with your license application? The Small Business Advocate classes may be able to help.
You must complete the following steps:
- Obtain an application for a contractor's license and an application for examination from any office of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, or download the Contractors License Application Package.
- Take time to carefully read and follow all the instructions attached to these applications.
- Complete the testing requirements for the classification for which you are seeking a license.
- Complete the license application and all accompanying forms in black ink or with a typewriter. Forms which are not properly filled out will be returned to you. Be sure that the application is properly signed and dated.
- Obtain a Transaction Privilege Tax License number from the Arizona Department of Revenue. Proofread your application. All questions must be answered. If your application is not completed as required by the instructions, your application may be returned to you. Any omissions will delay the issuance of your license.
- Submit the complete application with the required fees and bonds.
Applications for a contractor's license will not be ACCEPTED until all requirements have been met.
Applying for a License FAQ
What is the first thing I should do if I am considering applying for a contractor's license?
The first thing you should do is determine if the name you want to use for your company is available through our office and then the Arizona Corporation Commission and Secretary of State in that order. Our standards for names are very strict while the standards for the AZ Corporation Commission and Secretary of State are minimal. Therefore, it is more likely that approval of a name from our office will also result in approval from either of theirs (although this something that we cannot guarantee). The reverse is not true. Often a contractor will request and be approved for a name through the AZ Corporation Commission and/or Secretary of State, spend large sums of money on advertising and other things to only find that another contractor already has the same or a similar name that may be confusing to others.
To make sure this doesn't happen to you, kindly fill out our Name Availability Form and if the name is available, we will immediately reserve the name for you for the next 90 days. There is no fee for this service. This will give you time to seek approval through the other entities and do whatever is necessary for you to apply for a contractor’s license.
Also see: Name Availability - Selecting Your Company Name
Will the Arizona Registrar of Contractors acknowledge receipt of my application?
Yes. You will receive a receipt with a pending number on it. This number is used to keep track of your application. If you have questions on the status of your application, you may use the pending number when calling in so that your application can be located more quickly.
How will I know if my application is approved?
When the application is received, a notice is mailed to you.
What happens if my application is not approved?
If your application can not be approved, you will be notified.
If my application is not approved, can I get a refund of the fees?
Yes. Your fees will be returned approximately two weeks after your application is returned to you. If your application is denied the fees will be forfeited.
Is there an examination requirement for a contractor's license?
Yes. The qualifying party for a contractor's license is required to pass business and trade examinations unless he or she meets the requirements of a waiver.
How will I find out if I have to take the examination?
The application instructions and test instructions should assist you in making a decision as to your need to test. If you are still unsure after reading those instructions, you may call the Licensing department at (602) 542-1525 for assistance.
Under what circumstances is a waiver of an examination granted?
There is no examination requirement if the qualifying party meets the following conditions:
- He or she is currently the qualifying party for an Arizona Contractors license in good standing in the same classification for which the new license is being requested; or
- He or she has been a qualifying party within the past five years for an Arizona Contractors license in good standing in the same classification for which the new license is being requested; or
- Within the past two (2) years, he or she has passed both the business and trade examinations in the same classification for which the new license is being requested.
Are there any additional circumstances under which a waiver of an examination may be requested?
Except for the waiver provided in the License Reciprocity section, there is no other circumstance under which a waiver will be allowed.
If I think that I am eligible for a waiver, must I complete the experience section of the application?
Even if you think that you are eligible for a waiver of an examination, you must complete the experience section of the application to document the minimum years of journeyman level experience.
All experience claims must be verifiable by a qualified and responsible person, such as an employer, fellow employee, other journeyman, contractor, union representative, building inspector, architect, or engineer. The person verifying your claim must have first hand knowledge of your experience, that is, he or she must have observed the work that you have done.
You are not required to document your experience if any of the following conditions exist:
- You are currently the qualifying party for an Arizona Contractors license in good standing in the same classification for which the new license is being requested.
- You have been a qualifying party within the past five years for an Arizona Contractors license in good standing in the same classification for which the new license is being requested.
Is a bankruptcy a reason to deny an application for a contractor's license?
A bankruptcy is not grounds to deny, suspend, or revoke a contractor’s license. The ROC cannot speculate if an application for a license will be granted or denied. Should you choose to apply for a contractor’s license, your application will be reviewed by the agency and a decision to issue or deny the license will be made on the merits of the application.