The State of Utah holds reciprocal licensing agreements with the following states for General Contractors:
- South Carolina
Contractors who hold a license in one of the above states may easily become licensed to work on construction projects in Utah. However, it is important to note that Utah refers to reciprocity and reciprocal agreements as, endorsements. Therefore, please note that the word “reciprocity” will be replaced with the word “endorsement” throughout this article.
Endorsement License Classifications in Utah
In order to work on a construction project in the State of Utah, contractors are required to hold a license from the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).
Out-of-state contractors licensed in an endorsement state may obtain a license to work in Utah in a classification that corresponds to the classification they work under in their home state.
Utah offers the following license classifications to General Contractors:
- B100- General Building Contractor License- allowing contractors to work on projects of all kinds
- R100- Residential and Small Commercial Contractor License- allowing contractors to work on homes with up to 4 units, as well as commercial buildings under 3 stories tall and under 20,000 square feet
- E100- General Engineering Contractor License- allows contractors to work on industrial and public works projects
The Utah Candidate Information Bulletin contains a chart showing the classifications in each endorsement state that correspond to the classifications offered in Utah. This information is found on pages 8, 9 and 10 of the bulletin.
To view this information, please visit:
Endorsement Requirements in Utah
To obtain a license to work in Utah through endorsement, contractors must meet the following requirements:
- Contractors must meet the Utah requirement for work experience. The time required is 2 to 4 years, depending on the license classification the contractor is applying for. Contractors may satisfy this requirement by holding a valid, active license in an endorsement state for the required period.
- Contractors must prove financial solvency, meaning that they are financially responsible to conduct business without risk in the State of Utah.
- All contractors are required to take and pass the Utah Business and Law Exam, administered by PSI Services.
- If the contractor’s business entity is a partnership, joint venture, LLC or corporation, they must register with the Utah Secretary of State. Sole proprietors are required to register if they are operating a business under a name other than their legal name. For more information, please visit the Utah Division of Corporations website.
- Contractors must complete and submit an application to the DOPL along with all the required documents and fees. For a copy of the license application, please visit State of Utah Application for Contractor’s License
Endorsement Exams in Utah
In order to qualify for endorsement in the State of Utah, contractors or qualifying individuals must have taken and passed their home state’s licensing examination.
Additionally, all contractors are required to take and pass the Utah Business and Law exam. The exam is administered by PSI Services.
PSI’s Candidate Information Bulletin contains all the information needed to register for and prepare for the exam, including registration forms and suggested study materials. For a copy of this bulletin, please visit:
All contractors must pass the exam with a minimum score of 70%.
For more information about the Utah Business and Law exam, contact PSI at:
Further Information about Endorsement Licensing in Utah
For more information and questions about obtaining a General Contractor License in Utah through endorsement, contact the DOPL at:
More information is also found on the DOPL website