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Application/Licensing Process

The following information can be found on the Step by Step Guide.

Due to Virginia’s Code, a contractor’s license may only be given to business entities. They cannot be given to individuals regardless of if the business has only one employee

Effective March 1, 2016, all Contractor Exam Accommodations will require pre-approval from the Department prior to taking the examination

A Step By Step Guide to Obtaining Your Contractor License

      1. Step one: Create a business entity
      2. Step two: Name that company and be sure to register that name
      3. Step three: Determine the type of license your company will need
      4. Step Four: Identify your Responsible Management
      5. Step Five: Identify your Qualified Individual
      6. Step Six: Identify your Designated Employee and complete the examination
      7. Step Seven: Complete the pre-license education course
      8. Step Eight: Complete the entire application
      9. Step Nine: Send the application to the Board with the appropriate fee
      10. Step Ten: Be patient while the licensing staff processes your application

The Following must be attached to the License Application.

      • Attach a copy of Government Issued Photo IDs for each member of Responsible Management, Designated Employee, and all Qualified Individuals listed on this application. (Photo must be legible)
      • Any Designated Employee or Qualified Individual listed on this application must submit verification of employment (I9, W2 or others) if not a member of Responsible Management.
      • Attached documentation verifying business FEIN number - question #4
      • Completed the Pre-License Education Course taken by Designated Employee or member of Responsible Management - question #11
      • Qualified Individual(s) must attach a copy of any certifications - if required - question #12.B.
      • Experience Verification Form completed for each Qualified Individual who is seeking pre-approval for an examination (only) per the designation requested - questions #12.A or 12.B
      • All required documentation to support the special request for the Miscellaneous Contracting (MSC) designations shall be submitted with this application package. This specialty is limited to a single activity and will be restricted to that specialty only - question #12.B
      • Designated Employee completed the business examination? - question #13
      • All disclosure forms and supporting documentation - questions #14-16
      • All applicants for Class A or Class B license types must submit ONE of the following: (a) Financial Statement Form, (b) CPA review/audit OR (c) Surety Bond Form. - question #18

Reciprocity

The following information can be found here.

The following is a list of licensing agreements (reciprocity) and examination agreements (exemptions) that have been approved by the Board for Contractors.

      • Alabama Electrical Contractor License and Virginia Master Electrical Tradesman License Examination Reciprocity.
      • Kentucky Electrician and Master Electrician License and Virginia Journeyman and Master Electrical Tradesman License Examination Reciprocity.
      • Maryland Master Electrical Tradesman License and Virginia Master Electrical Tradesman License Examination Reciprocity.
      • West Virginia Journeyman and Master Electrical Tradesman License and Virginia Journeyman and Master Electrical Tradesman License Examination Reciprocity.
      • Maryland HVAC Board Journeyman and Master HVA Tradesman License and Virginia Journeyman and Master HVA License Examination Reciprocity.
      • North Carolina Unlimited (equivalent to Class A) and Intermediate (equivalent to Class B) Electrical Contractor License and Virginia Master Electrical Tradesman License and Class A or Class B Electrical Contractor Business License and Examination Reciprocity.
      • Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) – Examination agreement for Journeyman and Master Plumbers and Gas Fitters.