Article Index

Mississippi Contractor Licenses

State Licenses

Select a license to view its requirements, definition, exams, books, and classes.

Law and Business Management

  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management - Mississippi, 4th Edition

Alarm Systems and Equipment (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited fire, heat and intrusion detection and notification systems.

  • National Electrical Code, NEC, 2014
  • NFPA 72 - National Fire Alarm Code, 2010
  • Fire Alarm Signaling Systems Handbook, 2010
  • Certified Alarm Technicians Manual - Level 1, 2015 edition
  • Low Voltage Wiring: Security/Fire Alarm Systems, 2002
  • Understanding and Servicing Alarm Systems - Third Edition

Boiler Installation and Repair (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited boilers and associated gas and steam piping - residential, commercial and industrial.

  • Steam Plant Operation, 9th edition, 2011
  • Modern Hydronic Heating for Residential and Light Commercial Buildings
  • International Mechanical Code, 2012
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2012
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • HVAC Pump Handbook, 2006

Building Construction (w/ Law and Business Management)

Any commercial, residential or industrial stucture.

  • International Building Code, 2012
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Technical Digest No. 9 – Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 or 2016
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 15th Edition
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
  • Roofing Construction & Estimating, 1995
  • State of Mississippi Regulation of Excavation, Chapter 13 Regulation of Excavations Near Underground Utility Facilities
  • Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning - Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 2003
  • Modern Masonry - Brick, Block, Stone, Clois E. Kicklighter, 8th edition
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011

Building Construction (NASCLA Accredited) (w/ Law and Business Management)

  • Construction Jobsite Management, 4th Edition
  • Construction Project Management, 2014
  • ACI 318-11 or ACI 318-14 (2011 or 2014): Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary
  • BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013
  • NASCLA Contractors' Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Basic 10th or 11th Edition
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 or 2016
  • Erectors' Manual - Standards and Guidelines for the Erection of Pre Cast Concrete Products, 1999
  • Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning - Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 2003
  • SDI (Steel Deck Institute) Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2006, 2nd Edition
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, 2011
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th edition
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011
  • Technical Digest No. 9 – Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition
  • Modern Masonry - Brick, Block, Stone, Clois E. Kicklighter, 8th edition
  • Principles and Practices of Commercial Construction, 2014
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 or 2016
  • ANSI Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities, 2009
  • Roofing Construction and Estimating
  • The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction, 2005
  • Green Building Fundamentals, Michael Montoya, 2011
  • International Building Code, 2012 or 2015 Edition

Cabinets and Millwork (w/ Law and Business Management)

Cabinet construction and installation, millwork and associated finish carpentry work.

  • Finish Carpenter's Manual, Jim Tolpin, 1993
  • The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction, 2001
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)

Carpentry (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited Carpentry, formwork and related specialties

  • Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 or 2016
  • BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th edition
  • Finish Carpenter's Manual, Jim Tolpin, 1993
  • International Building Code, 2012
  • The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction, 2001

Communication Systems (w/ Law and Business Management)

Low voltage electrical systems, except for alarms.

  • National Electrical Code, NEC, 2014
  • Code of Federal Regulations, 47-Telecommunications, Latest Edition
  • Telecommunications Wiring - 3rd edition
  • Live Sound Reinforcement: A Comprehensive Guide to P.A. and Music Reinforcement Systems and Technology, -OR- Live Sound Reinforcement, Bestseller Edition
  • Lineman's and Cableman's Handbook, Shoemaker and Mack, 12th Edition

Concrete (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited concrete work

  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Formwork for Concrete, 2014
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 15th Edition
  • Sawcutting Joints in Concrete
  • Sawcutting Concrete Flatwork, 1994
  • Taking the Tedium Out of Cutting, 1981
  • Tips for Cutting Concrete, 1987
  • International Building Code, 2012

Conveyor Systems (w/ Law and Business Management)

Installation, maintenance and repair of all types of conveying equipment.

  • Contren Learning Series - Conveyors
  • Contren Learning Series - Troubleshooting and Repairing Conveyors
  • Modern Welding, 2013, 11th Edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Specification for Structural Joints Using ASTM A325 or A490 Bolts, 2004
  • ASME B20.1-2003 Safety Standard for Conveyors and Related Equipment 2012

Ductwork for Heating, A/C and Ventilation(w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited Ductwork for Heating A/C and Ventilation

  • HVAC Duct Construction Standards, Metal and Flexible, 2005
  • Sheet Metal, 1995
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • International Mechanical Code, 2012
  • NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, 2011
  • ACCA Ductulator, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Electrical Contractors (NASCLA Accredited)(w/ Law and Business Management)

  • National Electrical Code or National Electrical Code Handbook, 2014 or 2017
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR 1926 - OSHA Construction Industry Regulations, 2016
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, Project Management Institute, 2000
  • American Electricians Handbook, 2013
  • ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, 2016
  • Delmar's Standard Textbook of Electricity, 2016
  • International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 2015
  • NASCLA Contractors Guide to Business, Law and Project Management, Basic 12th Edition
  • NFPA 101- Standard for Life Safety Code, 2015
  • NFPA 70E - Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, 2015
  • OSHA 3071 – Job Hazard Analysis Guide, 2002
  • Grounding and Bonding, 2014 Edition
  • Ugly’s Electrical References, George V. Hart, 2017 Edition

Elevators and Escalators(w/ Law and Business Management)

Installation and repair of elevators and escalators.

  • ASME A17.1 - Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, 2010
  • ASME A17.3: Safety Code for Existing Elevators and Escalators, 2011
  • ASME A17.5: Elevator and Escalator Electrical Equipment, 2014
  • National Electrical Code, NEC, 2014
  • National Elevator Manufacturing Industry's Installation Manual, 2000
  • ASME A17.1b 2003 Addenda to ASME A17.1-2000

Excavation and Grading (w/ Law and Business Management)

Clearing, grading and excavating

  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • State of Mississippi Regulation of Excavation, Chapter 13
  • Mississippi Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, 2004

Fire Sprinklers (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited Fire Suppression Systems.

  • NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems, 2016
  • NFPA 14: Installation of Standpipe, Private Hydrant, and Hose Systems, 2013
  • NFPA 17: Standard for Dry Chemical Extinguishing Systems, 2013
  • NFPA 11: Standard for Low-, Medium-, and HighExpansion Foam, 2016
  • NFPA 12 Standard on Carbon Dioxide Extinguishing Systems, 2015
  • NFPA 25: Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of WaterBased Fire Protection Systems, 2014
  • NFPA 17A: Standard for Wet Chemical Extinguishing Systems, 2013
  • NFPA 2001: Standard for Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems, 2015

Fueling Systems (w/ Law and Business Management)

Installation of fuel dispensing systems and storage facilities

  • NFPA 30, Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code, 2015
  • NFPA 30A, Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages, 2015
  • RP100 UST Installation Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems
  • RP200 AST Installation Recommended Practices for Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Fueling, 2013
  • RP400 Electrical Continuity Recommended Procedure for Testing of Electrical Continuity of Fuel-Dispensing Hanging Hardware. 2012
  • Petroleum Equipment Lexicon: The definitive dictionary of terms used in petroleum marketing operations
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011

Glass, Glazing, Windows and Skylights (w/ Law and Business Management)

Limited to flat glass work in residential or commercial settings

  • Guide to Glass & Glazing Requirements of the Model Building Codes, 5th edition
  • Glass Association of North America Glazing Manual
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)

Heavy Construction (w/ Law and Business Management)

Sewer, water and gas pipelines, grading and excavation, paving and plant construction.

  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011, 9th edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • DIPRA Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe, 2015
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
  • Pipe Welding Procedures, 1973
  • Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook (MAPH-2), AASHTO
  • Pipefitter's Handbook, 3rd Edition
  • State of Mississippi Regulation of Excavation, Chapter 13 Regulation of Excavations Near Underground Utility Facilities
  • Technical Digest No. 9 – Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition
  • ASME Code for Pressure Piping - B31.8 - Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems, 2014
  • Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning - Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 2003
  • Concrete Pipe and Box Culvert Installation, 2007
  • Mississippi Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, 2004
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 15th Edition, 2011
  • Formwork for Concrete, 2014

Highway (w/ Law and Business Management)

Roads, highways, bridges, excavation and grading.

  • Hot-Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook (MAPH-2), 2000
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Mississippi Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction, 2004
  • State of Mississippi Regulation of Excavation, Chapter 13 Regulation of Excavations Near Underground Utility Facilities
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011, 9th edition
  • Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning - Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 2003
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 15th Edition, 2011
  • Formwork for Concrete, 2014

HVAC (w/ Law and Business Management)

All aspects of heating and cooling including fuel gas systems and appliances as well as associated equipment and ductwork.

  • Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Althouse, Turnquist, Bracciano, 19th or 20th edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2012
  • HVAC Duct Construction Standards, Metal and Flexible, 2005
  • Manual N - Load Calculation for Small Commercial Buildings, 5th Edition
  • International Mechanical Code, 2012
  • NFPA 58 Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code 2011 Edition
  • ACCA Ductulator
  • Manual D, 2009, 3rd Edition
  • Pipefitters Handbook - 3rd Edition
  • Manual J - Residential Load Calcs, reprinted 2006

Insulation (w/ Law and Business Management)

Mechanical and Duct insulation work

  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • International Mechanical Code, 2012
  • Commercial and Industrial Insulation Standards, 7th Edition

Irrigation Systems (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited irrigation systems and related components.

  • Simplified Irrigation Design, 2nd Edition

Landscaping (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited landscaping, planting and groundcover EXCLUDING irrigation.

  • Tough-As-Nails Flowers for the South, 2003
  • Landscape Construction, 2011

Lathing, Plastering and Stucco (w/ Law and Business Management)

Installation of lath, plaster, drywall, stucco and associated work.

  • Plastering Skills, 1984
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th edition
  • Portland Cement Plaster (Stucco) Manual

Master Electrician (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited Electrical work.

  • National Electrical Code, NEC, 2014
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Ugly's Electrical References

Mechanical Contractor (w/ Law and Business Management)

All aspects of heating, cooling, refrigeration and associated equipment piping and ductwork as well as plumbing work.

  • Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Althouse, Turnquist, Bracciano, 19th or 20th edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • International Fuel Gas Code, 2012
  • HVAC Duct Construction Standards, Metal and Flexible, 2005
  • Manual N - Load Calculation for Small Commercial Buildings, 5th Edition
  • International Mechanical Code, 2012
  • International Plumbing Code, 2012
  • NFPA 58: Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code 2011 Edition
  • NFPA 13: Installation of Sprinkler Systems
  • ACCA Ductulator, Air Conditioning Contractors of America
  • Manual D, 2009, 3rd Edition
  • Pipefitters Handbook - 3rd Edition

Municipal (w/ Law and Business Management)

Water and Sewer pipelines and plants, associated excavation, grading and paving.

  • The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction - 3rd Edition
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011, 9th edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • DIPRA Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe, 2015
  • Concrete Pipe and Box Culvert Installation, 2007
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
  • Formwork for Concrete, 2014, 8 th Edition
  • Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning - Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 2003, 3rd Edition
  • Technical Digest No. 9 – Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition
  • State of Mississippi Regulation of Excavation, Chapter 13 Regulation of Excavations Near Underground Utility Facilities

Painting and Wall Covering (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited wallcovering and surface preparation.

  • Painting & Decorating Craftsman's Manual and Textbook - 8th Edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Gypsum Construction Handbook, 7th edition

Plumbing (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited commercial and residential plumbing NOT including fuel gas or boiler systems.

  • International Plumbing Code, 2012
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, Lee Smith, 8th Edition, 2013

Process Piping (w/ Law and Business Management)

Specialized and industrial piping installation and maintenance, including associated components.

  • ASME A13.1: Scheme for the Identification of Piping Systems, 2015
  • ASME B31.1-2001 Power Piping, ASME Code for Pressure Piping, 2014
  • ASME B31.3-2002 Process Piping, 2014
  • Facility Piping Systems Handbook, 2010
  • Modern Welding, 2013, 11th Edition
  • Pipefitters Handbook
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)

Refrigeration (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited commercial and industrial refrigeration.

  • International Mechanical Code, 2012
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Industrial Refrigeration Handbook
  • Modern Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Althouse, Turnquist, Bracciano, 19th or 20th edition

Remodeling (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited (structural) remodeling and repair work, and roof coverings

  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 or 2016
  • Finish Carpenter's Manual, Jim Tolpin, 1993
  • International Building Code, 2012
  • Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, 15th Edition
  • Modern Masonry - Brick, Block, Stone, Clois E. Kicklighter, 8th edition

Residential Builder (w/ Law and Business Management)

Residential 1 and 2 family not over 3 stories.

  • International Residential Code, 2012 edition
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction - 3rd Edition
  • Modern Masonry - Brick, Block, Stone, Clois E. Kicklighter, 8th edition
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 or 2016
  • BCSI: Guide to Good Practice for Handling, Installing, Restraining, and Bracing of Metal Plate Connected Wood Trusses, 2013
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
  • Roofing Construction & Estimating -, 1995
  • Rules and Regulations Residential Contractors Mississippi State Board of Contractors

Residential Roofer (w/ Law and Business Management)

Residential 1 and 2 family not over 3 stories.

  • International Residential Code, 2012 edition
  • Roofing Construction & Estimating -, 1995
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep Slope Roof Systems, 2017
  • International Building Code, 2012

Roofing, Sheet Metal and Siding (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited Roofing and Siding installation and repair

  • NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep Slope Roof Systems, 2017
  • NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems, 2016
  • NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roofing Systems, 2019
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Standard Practice for Installation of Rigid Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Siding and Soffit - ASTM D 4756 - 96, 2006
  • Roofing Construction and Estimating, Daniel Atcheson, 1995
  • Carpentry and Building Construction, 2010 or 2016
  • International Building Code, 2012

Sign Erection (w/ Law and Business Management)

Sign wiring, installation and erection.

  • National Electrical Code, NEC, 2014
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Engineering Sign Structures: An Introduction to Analysis and Design, 2006
  • Neon Installation Guide, 2002

Solar (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited solar and photovoltaic systems - residential, commercial and industrial.

  • Solar Water and Pool Heating Design and Installation Manual, 2006
  • International Plumbing Code, 2012
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • National Electrical Code, NEC, 2014
  • Photovoltaic Systems, 3rd Edition
  • The Easy Guide to Solar Electric Part II Installation Manual, 2001
  • Uniform Solar Energy Code, 2015

Structural Steel (w/ Law and Business Management)

Placement and Installation of Structural and Reinforcing Steel.

  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Training and Certification of Field Personnel for Unbonded Post-Tensioning - Level 1 Field Fundamentals, 2003
  • Placing Reinforcing Bars, Recommended Practices, 2011, 9th edition
  • Technical Digest No. 9 – Handling and Erection of Steel Joists and Joist Girders, 3rd Edition
  • Manual of Construction with Steel Deck, 2006

Swimming Pools (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited pool and spa installation, maintenance and servicing, except for solar pool heating.

  • Guide to Shotcrete, American Concrete Institute
  • The Contractor's Guide to Quality Concrete Construction - 3rd Edition
  • The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Manual: Spas, Pools, Hot Tubs, Rockscapes and Other Water Features, 2007
  • ANSI/NSPI-1 Standard for Public Swimming Pools, 2014, National Spa and Pool Institute
  • ANSI/NSPI-5 American National Standard for Residential Inground Swimming Pools
  • ANSI/NSPI-2 Standard for Public Spas, 1999
  • ANSI/NSPI-3 - Standard for Permanently Installed Residential Spas, 2014
  • Certified Pool-Spa Operators Handbook, 2006
  • Circulation System Components and related materials for swimming pools, spas/hot tubs, 2015

Tile and Marble (w/ Law and Business Management)

Surface preparation and application of stone, ceramic or similar materials.

  • Setting Tile
  • Builders Guide to Floors
  • ANSI A108/A118/A136.1:2017, American National Standard Specifications for the Installation of Ceramic Tile, 2017
  • Craft Training for the Tile Professional - Tub Surrounds
  • Tilesetting Workbook (TILE)

Transmission/Distribution Lines (w/ Law and Business Management)

Underground and Overhead electrical transmission lines.

  • National Electrical Safety Code 2012
  • National Electrical Code, NEC, 2014
  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • Lineman's and Cableman's Handbook, Shoemaker and Mack, 12th Edition
  • Ugly's Electrical References, George V. Hart, 2008, 2011, or 2014 edition

Underground Utilities (w/ Law and Business Management)

Water, sewer and gas pipelines plus exvcavation, grading and paving.

  • Code of Federal Regulations - 29 CFR Part 1926 (OSHA)
  • DIPRA Installation Guide for Ductile Iron Pipe, 2015
  • Concrete Pipe and Box Culvert Installation, 2007
  • Pipe and Excavation Contracting, Dave Roberts, 2011
  • State of Mississippi Regulation of Excavation, Chapter 13 Regulation of Excavations Near Underground Utility Facilities
  • ASME Code for Pressure Piping - B31.8 - Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems, 2014
  • Pipe Welding Procedures, Hoobasar Rampaul, 2003

Welding (w/ Law and Business Management)

Unlimited Welding Work

  • Modern Welding, 2013
  • Pipe Welding Procedures, 2003

Licensing Process

These instructions can be found in both the Commercial Application and the Residential Application

      • Applicants are encouraged to watch a brief instructional video at www.msboc.us before the application process to decrease the rate of rejection.
      • The Application can be typed or written with clear ink, all signatures must be affixed and notarized where indicated. No online submissions are allowed to due the notarized signatures.
      • If applicant is a corporation or LLC, applicant must be registered with the MS Secretary of State’s office and provide proof of good standing. To contact the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office please call (601) 359-1350 or visit www.sos.ms.gov.
      • Applicant must furnish a Mississippi sales tax number or a Mississippi use tax number. To obtain a number you may contact the MS Department of Revenue at (601) 923-7000 or visit www.dor.ms.gov. Applicant must also furnish a Mississippi Income Tax I.D. Number or Federal Income Tax I.D. number.
      • Applicant must provide a certificate of general liability insurance coverage showing current minimum coverage of Three Hundred Thousand Dollars ($300,000) per occurrence and Six Hundred Thousand Dollars ($600,000) aggregate. The certificate of coverage must indicate MS State Board of Contractors is to be notified in the event of cancellation of coverage by listing MSBOC as certificate holder. The name listed as insured on the certificate of coverage must match exactly the name in which the license is to be issued.
      • Applicant must provide a certificate of insurance showing current workers’ compensation coverage if applicant has 5 or more employees.
      • Applicant must provide three (3) reference letters. One (1) reference letter must be from the bank; the other two (2) reference letters can be from anyone worked with/for on construction related projects.
      • Applicant must show experience in the classification(s) of work requested. Please list at least 3 jobs completed in the requested classification. (For example, if applicant were requesting the classification of Electrical, applicant would list 3 electrical jobs completed.)
      • Applicant must provide proof of employment of the qualifying party. (Acceptable forms of proof of employment include check stub, W2 form, or Owner/Officer listed with the Mississippi Secretary of State.)
      • Applicant must provide a reviewed or audited financial statement prepared and signed by a certified public accountant completed within the last twelve (12) months. A compilation will not be accepted. (See Appendix C for example.) Applicants for a major classification must 3 demonstrate a net worth of at least Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000). All other applicants must demonstrate a net worth of at least Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000)
      • The application fee is $400, which includes one classification. Please add $100 for each additional classification requested. Make checks payable to Mississippi State Board of Contractors (MSBOC).

Contact Information

Mississippi State Board of Contractor

Contractor Licensing

        • 2679 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite C, Jackson, 39216
        • Phone: (601) 354-6161 or (800) 880-6161
        • Fax: (601) 354-6715

Contractor FAQ

Below are Frequently asked questions made to the MS Board of Contractors, they can also be found here.

Who needs a contractor’s license?

All contractors and subcontractors performing work on commercial jobs over $50,000.00 (including installation of equipment) require a commercial license issued by MSBOC. A commercial license is also required for any contract involving the construction, reconstruction, repair or maintenance of fire protection systems on public projects over $5,000.00 and private projects over $10,000.00.

A contractor performing new residential construction over $50,000 needs a Residential Building license. A contractor performing residential remodeling over $10,000 needs a Residential Remodeling license. A contractor performing residential roofing over $10,000 needs a Residential Roofing license. If you are performing residential electrical, plumbing, or HVAC work less than $10,000, a state license is not required, but you must contact the local building official or permit office regarding the local requirements.

How do I obtain a license?

The first thing you will need to do is complete an application. All the requirements are on the instruction page. Return the completed application and we will forward a candidate information bulletin to you that contains all the testing information. The bulletin tells you how to schedule an exam, which books are allowed in the exam, and where to get the books. The tests are open book. MSBOC will also send the qualifier’s info to PSI, the testing agency. No candidate will be allowed to schedule the exam unless MSBOC has sent his or her info to PSI. Once PSI receives the qualifiers info, PSI will email you and let you know that you are in their system and can now schedule the exam. This is why you must provide a valid email. Once we receive all documentation requested on the application and the passing exam scores, the information will be submitted to the Board for review and approval. MSBOC processes completed applications on a weekly basis. It usually takes about a week to 10 days for the application to go through the Board process and the license to be issued. A license is good for one (1) year and it is the contractor’s responsibility to renew the license each year.

Is an exam required in order to get a license?

All applicants are required to take a Mississippi Law and Business Management exam. In addition, applicants must take a trade exam, if one is required. (For a complete listing of classifications and required exams click here.

A general building contractor may choose to take the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building instead of the Mississippi Building Construction exam. The NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building is used by state contractor licensing agencies to test commercial general building contractor candidates who are applying for a commercial contractors license. It is the only multi-state exam for commercial general building contractors. The examination has been designed to reduce redundant licensing requirements and assist contractors who need to be licensed in multiple jurisdictions. The NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building is accepted in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia.

A Master Electrical contractor may choose to take the NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination instead of the Mississippi Master Electrical exam. The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination Program has been developed to improve the overall quality and validity of trade licensing examinations in general for electricians. The program also provides contractor mobility by allowing electricians the opportunity to cross state borders without having to take multiple electrical examinations. The NASCLA Accredited Electrical Examination is currently accepted in Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Additional jurisdictions will be participating soon.

All exams are administered by PSI. The Board will furnish you a PSI Candidate Information Bulletin and notify PSI of your eligibility to sit for an exam. PSI will email you a confirmation notice. Scheduling the exam will not be allowed until you receive this confirmation. The PSI Candidate Information Bulletin contains all the information for registering for and scheduling an exam. It also provides a listing of exam reference materials and exam content outlines. Please refer to the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin for exam locations and scheduling the exam.

Are there any prep courses offered for the required exam?

The following companies offer prep courses for contractors taking the PSI exams:
American Contractors 1-800-992-1910
Mississippi Contractor Licensing Service 1-800-432-9930
Builders License Training Institute 1-800-727-7104
MyContractorsLicense 1-877-699-0775
Contractors Institute 1-804-556-5518

Who can take the exam for the company and can there be more than one qualifier?

Any officer or managing employee can take the exam. You can have more than one qualifier and different qualifiers for different classifications. A qualifying party may serve no more than three (3) separate entities as the qualifying party without first appearing before the board and being granted special permission.

Does MSBOC reciprocate with other licensing agencies?

MSBOC has reciprocity agreements with various other states. However, reciprocity applies to testing only. Contractors must still apply for a license and fulfill all other MSBOC requirements for licensure

What states do you reciprocate with and what exams will be waived?

f you have held a license for 3 consecutive years in one of our reciprocating states we will waive the TRADE exam only. You will still be required to take the Mississippi Business and Law exam.

Alabama General Board- waive everything but Mechanical & Plumbing (CAN GIVE HVAC)

Alabama Electrical Board

Alabama Heating and Air (MUST HAVE TAKEN THE ALABAMA EXAM)

Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board-waive all but any type of Mechanical (i.e. Plumbing, Boilers, Process Piping, HVAC) and Electrical Work

Georgia Board of Residential and General Contractors (MUST HAVE TAKEN THE GEORGIA EXAM)

Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors- waives all but Mechanical or Electrical (CAN WAIVE HVAC BUT NOT MECHANICAL OR PLUMBING. CAN ONLY WAIVE ELECTRICAL EXAM IF TAKEN IN LOUISIANA.)

North Carolina Electrical Contractors Board- Electrical & Alarm Systems Only. Must have taken the NC exam.

North Carolina State Licensing Board for General Contractors– Building Construction, Residential Building, Concrete, Grading and Excavating, Roofing, Swimming Pools, Water Lines and Sewer – Must have taken the NC exam.

South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board-waive Building and Electrical only and they must have passed an exam given by either PSI, Experior, Block or NAI.

South Carolina Residential Builders Commission– Residential Builder – Must have taken the SC exam.

Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors

Do I have to carry general liability insurance in order to get a license?

Yes, all applicants for a license or renewal are required to show proof of general liability insurance coverage. MSBOC must be listed on the policy to be notified in the event of cancellation. There is no requirement for a minimum policy amount for residential license holders, but commercial applicants must provide a certificate of insurance evidencing current minimum coverage of $300,000 per occurrence and $600,000 aggregate.

What if I am not actively building right now? Do I still have to carry general liability insurance?

All active license holders must show proof of general liability insurance in order to remain in good standing. However, a license holder can request to be placed on “INACTIVE” status. In order to do so, the license holder must return their license and submit a written request to be placed on inactive status along with a $25.00 processing fee. A new license will be issued reflecting the INACTIVE status. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LICENSE HOLDER IS STILL REQUIRED TO PAY ANNUAL RENEWAL FEES DURING THE INACTIVE STATUS PERIOD DESPITE BEING INELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT A BID, ENTER INTO A CONTRACT, PULL PERMITS OR PERFORM WORK. In order to return to “ACTIVE” status, the license holder must submit a written request to be returned to “ACTIVE” status along with a $25.00 processing fee and proof of general liability insurance. Commercial license holders will also have to produce required financial information before returning to active status. Upon receipt, a new license will be issued reflecting the “ACTIVE” status.

If I have a Residential license can I do commercial work?

Residential license holders with the classification of RESIDENTIAL BUILDER are allowed to work on commercial projects provided the job does not exceed 7500 square feet.

Can I add a classification to my license?

In order to add a classification to your license, you must complete an ADDITIONAL CLASSIFICATION form and pay $100.00 for each additional class you add to your license. Upon receipt, MSBOC will send you information about testing, if testing is required.

Do I have to have a Mississippi Sales Tax number?

If you are applying for a commercial license, you will have to have a Mississippi Sales Tax number or Use Tax number in order to get a commercial license. If you are applying for a residential license, you must furnish a Mississippi Income Tax I.D. Number or Federal Tax I.D. Number or a Social Security Number. To obtain a number you may contact the MS Department of Revenue at (601) 923-7000 or visit www.dor.ms.gov.

How do I change the name of my company?

If the entity is not changing (for example Johnson Inc. changes to JMR Inc.) you can get an amended certificate of authority from the Secretary of State’s office. Attach proof of this amendment to our name change form and send it in with the $50 name change fee. If the entity is changing (for example an LLC changes to a corporation or an individual to a corporation) a new application is required. If the qualifier (the person who took the exam) is still with the company no new test is required. You simply complete the new application with everything in the new entity name (insurance, financial, tax numbers, etc.) and attach a letter explaining the change, listing your old license number and state that the qualifier is the same. We will pull your test scores from your old file.

How does the complaint process work?

Complaints are processed according to their degree of severity and the date of receipt. Each complaint is reviewed to determine if it falls within the jurisdiction of the Mississippi State Board of Contractors. If MSBOC determines that the complaint requires further investigation, it will be assigned to an investigator. A copy of the complaint will be mailed to the contractor advising him or her a complaint has been filed and asking for a response. The MSBOC investigator will contact both parties to obtain a statement, schedule a meeting or visit the jobsite. The investigation may also include interviews with other parties who can furnish relevant information. The investigator will evaluate all the information gathered through the jobsite visit, building codes, plans and specifications, industry standards and other information furnished by the complainant and the contractor. Formal disciplinary proceedings may be initiated after the investigator has concluded the investigation. *Investigation by MSBOC does not guarantee restitution to complainants. If your primary interest is to gain restitution, you should pursue the matter in court or consult with an attorney regarding other available remedies. If the investigator concludes that the allegations have no merit, the complainant and the contractor will be notified in writing.

What is a Notice of Hearing?

The Notice of Hearing and Complaint is the formal document that starts the hearing process. The notice tells the contractor (“Respondent”) the specific laws it is alleged to have violated and describes the conduct the contractor allegedly engaged in that violates the law. The Notice of Hearing and Complaint also advises the contractor of the specific date, time and place the administrative hearing will take place. The administrative hearing is an action between the Board and the contractor. However, the complainant is encouraged to appear at the hearing to testify to the facts of the case as they relate to the complaint against the contractor. Any documents, photographs, or other exhibits you wish to have entered into evidence and considered by the Board at a hearing, should be submitted to MSBOC at least ten (10) days prior to a scheduled hearing. Otherwise, a party desiring to submit evidence will be required to submit a minimum of thirteen (13) copies on the day of the scheduled hearing.

Does the Board issue a decision or order after a disciplinary hearing?

At the conclusion of the hearing, the Board will make a decision regarding the alleged violations and violations of the law may result in disciplinary action against the contractor. Discipline may include fines or penalties, suspension, revocation, letter of reprimand, probation, or other discipline. The findings of fact, conclusions of law and order of the Board will be mailed to the contractor and complainant.

Can a decision be appealed?

The contractor has ten (10) days from the date of the Board’s decision to appeal pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. §73-59-13(11) or Miss. Code Ann. §31-3-23.