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Indiana Contractor Licenses

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Unlike plumbers, in Indiana contractor licensing is not regulated at the state level. Instead, contractors are required to register or obtain a license through the various municipal governments throughout the state.

City of Indianapolis Licenses

State Licenses

Plumbing

Installation, repair, or replacement of pipes, fixtures, or other apparatus necessary either for supplying water or for removing liquid or waterborne waste located on private property.

Journeyman Plumbing

Includes the installation, repair, maintenance, and extension of any plumbing system, including drains, waste, sanitary vents, water supply, fixtures, and indirect wastes.

City & Municipalities


Application Process

How to Apply for Plumbing Contractor License?

Indiana Plumbing Registration Form
Plumbing Contractor Application Checklist

  • To become a plumbing contractor in Indiana, you will need to:
  • Be at least 18 years old;
  • Have at least 4 years plumbing apprenticeship experience;
  • Be a licensed plumber in another state;
    OR Have at least 4 years plumbing experience under the direction of a licensed plumbing contractor;
  • Submit an original passport-sized photograph;
  • Pay the application fee (check or money order made payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency);
  • Submit an approved school sponsor signature and current/active plumbing license;
  • Complete the Personal Background Section of the application;
  • Submit the Application Affirmation Section, signed and dated.

How to apply for Journeyman Plumber?

Journeyman Plumber Application Checklist

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Applicant Information Section
  • Original photograph-passport size-attached to application
  • Application payment (check or money order made payable to the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency)
  • Out-of-State Licensed Plumber Section (Page 2) – Four (4) years of Experience in Plumbing Trade
  • Employer Affidavit of Experience in Plumbing Trade (signature required)
  • Notary Certificate Section (signature of employer required)
  • Copy of current/active out-of-state plumbing license
  • Personal Background Section
  • Application Affirmation Section signed and dated

How do I apply for an individual Contractor License?

Start by registering with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Public Safety Portal. Then choose Request New Permit or License. Before you begin, make sure you have proper documentation to

  • Proof of eligibility
  • Documentation showing the following:
    • You have at least three (3) years of documented work experience in the elevator industry in construction, maintenance and service or repair OR
    • You have at least eighteen (18) months experience in the elevator industry in construction, maintenance and service or repair and have at least three (3) years’ experience in a related field that is certified by a licensed elevator contractor.
    • RECIPROCITY: Currently hold an elevator mechanic license issued by another state.
    • Documentation showing the following:
      • You have successfully completed NAEC Certified Elevator Technician (CET) Exam
      • You have successfully completed NEIEP Elevator Mechanics Exam
      • Proof of Insurance
        • Certificate of Insurance that complies with the requirements of IC 22-15-5-14.
        • Proof of Workers’ Compensation
          • Proof demonstrating that you are covered by workers' compensation under IC 22-3-2-5.
          • A credit card or an echeck ready to pay the fee upon completion of the application.

Applying by Reciprocity

Reciprocity

  • Does Indiana have reciprocity for appraisers?
    • Yes
  • Do reciprocal applicants need to take the appraiser exam again?
    • Reciprocal applicants need only to submit the completed application, the fee, a letter of good standing from other states in which they are licensed, and a fingerprint background check.

    Renew Your License and Update Your Contact Information

    • Renew Your License and Update Your Contact Information
    • Track Your Application Use Register a Person to create login credentials or Login with existing credentials to track oustanding items to complete your application. Use the application checklist to determine what requirements are still pending.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I apply for an individual Contractor License?
    • Start by registering with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Public Safety Portal. Then choose Request New Permit or License. Before you begin, make sure you have proper documentation.
  • How do you become an apprentice?
    • You must be registered in an approved program and be 17 years or older to qualify as an apprentice.
  • How do you become a journeyman?
    • You must have at least four years in an apprenticeship program or be a licensed plumber in another state to qualify as a journeyman in Indiana.
  • How do you become a contractor?
    • You must have four years in an apprenticeship program, be licensed plumber another state or four years in the plumbing business under the direction of a licensed plumbing contractor.
  • What section of the application should be completed for an apprentice to be a journeyman plumber?
    • All of page 1 and page 3 starting with the Personal Background section.
  • What section of the application must be completed for a journeyman to be a plumbing contractor?
    • All of page 1 and page 3 starting with the Personal Background section if the applicant completed an apprenticeship program. If the applicant is licensed in another state you will need to complete the applicant information on page 1. All of page 2 except the section "Experience in a Plumbing Business" and page 3 starting with the Personal Background section
  • How many times can you take a test?
    • You can take the test seven times within a two-year period. To reschedule an exam you will have to contact ICC, the exam administrator.
  • What expiration date do you use for a two year period?
    • On your first scheduled date to take the exam.
  • Does reciprocity exist for journeyman and contractor plumbers?
    • Reciprocity is not available for journeyman and contractor plumbers Instead, you must present an application and pay the fee. Then the application goes before the board. If board approved you must take the exam and pass.
  • Can you appeal if your application was denied?
    • Yes, you may either reapply or appeal with a petition within 18 days of the date of the denial letter. If you petition after 18 days it well be considered untimely.
  • I did not show up for the exam due to bad weather. Can I reschedule for the next exam and transfer my fee?
    • All fees are non refundable and nontransferable. To reschedule an exam you will have to contact ICC, the exam administrator.
  • How long before I receive my pocket card?
    • You can order a pocket card from the following website, https://mylicense.in.gov/egov/.
      If you no longer remember your user ID and password, you must click "Register a Person," scroll to the bottom, enter TWO identifying items about yourself (please use your license number including CAPITAL letters as one of the options), click search. Once your record is found, you can view or edit your user ID, set a password and security question and answer and then click register. After your account has registered successfully, you may log back in to access the options to update demographics or order or print a license card.
  • How much is the apprentice fee?
    • The apprentice fee is $10.
  • How much is the application fee for journeyman?
    • The journeyman application is $30.
  • How much is the application fee for contractor?
    • The contractor application fee is $50.
  • I am unable to obtain an employer affidavit from the employer. How can I verify employment?
    • If you are unable to obtain an employer affidavit from you employer, you may submit an affidavit explaining the reason why or W2's.
  • May I work as a plumber without a license?
    • It is unlawful to act in the capacity of a plumbing contractor or journeyman plumber without a license.

Indiana Plumbing Commission Members

You may write to any of the board members by sending your letter to:

  • (Board member name)
  • Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
  • Attn: Indiana Plumbing Commission
  • 402 W. Washington St. Room W072
  • Indianapolis, IN 46204

Staff Information

  • William Ciriello, Jr., Plumbing Contractor
  • Eric Ott, Plumbing Contractor
  • James Johnson, Journeyman Plumber
  • Kurt Meade, Journeyman Plumber
  • John Van Cleve, Public Member

Contact Information

City of Indianapolis

  • Indiana Plumbing Commission
    • 402 W. Washington Street, Room W072
      Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
    • Staff Phone Number: (317) 234-8800
      Staff E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Agency Fax: (317) 233-4236
  • Rae Harman, Board Director
  • Dinena Moore, Assistant Board Director
  • Himja Parikh, Customer Service Representative
  • Shannon Caldwell, Customer Service Representative
  • Jennifer Scott, Customer Service Representative
  • Andrea Napier, Customer Service Representative
  • LaMeka Bland, Customer Service Representative