Mississippi Contractor Licenses
Select a license to view its requirements, definition, exams, books, and classes.
Law and Business Management
ALL Mississippi Contractor Licenses require a Busines Exam.
Alarm Systems and Equipment Contractor
Unlimited fire, heat and intrusion detection and notification systems.
Boiler Installation and Repair Contractor
Unlimited boilers and associated gas and steam piping - residential, commercial and industrial.
Building Construction Contractor
Any commercial, residential or industrial stucture.
Cabinets and Millwork
Cabinet construction and installation, millwork and associated finish carpentry work.
Unlimited Carpentry, formwork and related specialties
Low voltage electrical systems, except for alarms.
Unlimited concrete work
Installation, maintenance and repair of all types of conveying equipment.
Ductwork for Heating, A/C and Ventilation
Unlimited Ductwork for Heating A/C and Ventilation
Elevators and Escalators
Installation and repair of elevators and escalators.
Excavation and Grading Contractor
Clearing, grading and excavating
Unlimited Fire Suppression Systems.
Installation of fuel dispensing systems and storage facilities
Sewer, water and gas pipelines, grading and excavation, paving and plant construction.
Roads, highways, bridges, excavation and grading.
All aspects of heating and cooling including fuel gas systems and appliances as well as associated equipment and ductwork.
Mechanical and Duct insulation work
Unlimited irrigation systems and related components.
Unlimited landscaping, planting and groundcover EXCLUDING irrigation.
Lathing, Plastering and Stucco
Installation of lath, plaster, drywall, stucco and associated work.
All aspects of heating, cooling, refrigeration and associated equipment piping and ductwork as well as plumbing work.
Unlimited Electrical work.
Painting and Wall Covering
Unlimited wallcovering and surface preparation.
Unlimited commercial and residential plumbing NOT including fuel gas or boiler systems.
Specialized and industrial piping installation and maintenance, including associated components.
Unlimited commercial and industrial refrigeration.
Residential 1 and 2 family not over 3 stories.
Roofing, Sheet Metal and Siding
Unlimited Roofing and Siding installation and repair
Sign wiring, installation and erection.
Unlimited pool and spa installation, maintenance and servicing, except for solar pool heating.
Unlimited Welding Work
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).
Mississippi State Board of Contractor
2679 Crane Ridge Drive, Suite C, Jackson, 39216
Phone: (601) 354-6161 or (800) 880-6161
Fax: (601) 354-6715
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
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.
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