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Reciprocal General Contractor Licensing in North Carolina

The State of North Carolina holds reciprocal license agreements for General Contractors in the following states:

  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

Contractors holding a valid license in one of these two states may easily obtain a license to work on construction projects in North Carolina, without examination.

General Contractor Licenses in North Carolina are issued by the NC Board for Licensing Contractors.


Reciprocal License Classifications in North Carolina

North Carolina has reciprocity with South Carolina and Tennessee due to the similarities in the licensing process, as well as the classifications offered.  Out-of-state contractors have the option of choosing one of the following classifications in North Carolina:

  • Limited License- restricts contractors to working on projects of $500,000 or less
  • Intermediate License- restricts contractors to working on projects of $1 million or less
  • Unlimited License- does not have restrictions for project value or size


Reciprocal Licensing Requirements in North Carolina

Contractors who want to receive a reciprocal General Contractor license in North Carolina must complete an application booklet and submit it to the Board, along with all the required documents and fees.

For a free copy of the application and instruction booklet, please visit:



All contractors must complete the following steps and submit the following documents along with their application:

  • Register with the North Carolina Secretary of State- if the contractor’s business type is a partnership, LLC or corporation
  • Submit a Certificate of Assumed Name- from the Registrar of Deeds in the county where the contractor plans to conduct business
  • Provide 3 Letters of Reference- from someone with first-hand knowledge of the contractor’s work within the past 12 months
  • Submit a Financial Statement- showing working capital in the following amounts:
    • Limited License Applicants- $17,000
    • Intermediate License Applicants- $75,000
    • Unlimited License Applicants- $150,000
  • All contractors must submit a valid copy of their South Carolina or Tennessee General Contractor license


Reciprocity Exam in North Carolina

Contractors who hold a valid license in the State of South Carolina or Tennessee are not required to take and pass an examination.  Contractors from one of these two states applying a reciprocal license do not have to take the NASCLA Accredited Building Exam.


Further Information

For more information about obtaining a reciprocal contractor license in the State of North Carolina, please contact the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors at:



Visit: http://www.nclbgc.org/index.html


*North Carolina Contractors who hold a license from the NC Licensing Board for General Contractors and want to obtain a reciprocal license from another state must contact the state’s licensing agency to determine if they hold a reciprocity agreement with North Carolina. 

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Reciprocal General Contractor Licensing in California

The State of California holds reciprocity agreements with the contractor licensing agencies of Arizona, Utah and Nevada.  This means that a General Contractor, who holds a valid license, in good standing, in one of these three states may easily become licensed to work on projects in California.

California’s reciprocal agreements with these states are due to the similarities in the licensing requirements and the scope of work covered by each license classification.  Reciprocity between these states makes the process of getting a California General Contractor license easier and more streamlined.


Reciprocal License Classifications in California

A General Contractor license in the State of California is classified as a Class B, General Building Contractor License.  Licenses are issued by the Contractor State License Board (CSLB).

As a General Contractor, applying for a reciprocal license in California, you must hold an active license in one of the following states, in one of the following classifications: (more…)

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California Contractors License

General contracting and construction are one of the largest industries in the State of California. The Contractor’s State License Board (CSLB) receives approximately 25,000 applications per year. The CSLB is responsible for regulating the construction industry and issuing licenses to qualifying individuals and businesses. Any person or business working on a project worth $500 or more in labor and materials must hold a General Contractor’s License, also called a Class B license.

A Class B license in the State of California permits general contractors to build or remodel structures used to shelter, support or enclose people, animals, materials and belongings, or moveable property that requires construction using two unrelated building trades or crafts, according to the CSLB.

The CSLB is responsible for reviewing applications and administering examinations. They ultimately decide if the person or business applying has the skills and experience necessary to operate as a general contractor in the State of California.

*The CSLB’s Investigative Fraud Team performs regular stings and sweeps to make sure that those performing general contracting work in the State of California are properly licensed.

Overview of Requirements

  1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  2. Applicants must have at least 4 years of work experience or corresponding education.
  3. Applicants must have $2,500 in operating capital.
  4. Applicants must file for a bond worth $12,500 in addition to holding worker’s compensation and general liability insurance.
  5. Applicants must obtain and fill out (more…)

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