The Nevada State Contractors Board requires all contractors to have a license before they begin working in the state. This is to protect consumers from being victimized by unscrupulous individuals or companies.
Nevada does have limited reciprocal agreements with the state of Arizona, California, and Utah. More information.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can get your Nevada Contractors License so you can be compliant and prepared.
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How to get a Nevada Contractor’s License
Step #1: Determine What Classification of License You Need
- Class A: General Engineering Contractor
- Class B: General Building Contractor
- Class C: Specialty Contractor
A description of each classification can be found on the Nevada State Contractors Board website.
Step #2: Get a Nevada State Business License
If you have a Nevada Business ID, move on to Step #3.
If you do not, you will need to contact the Nevada Secretary of State to complete a business application.
Step #3: Complete Nevada Contractor License Application
Obtain an Application for a Contractor’s License from:
- any office of the Nevada State Contractors Board
- by telephone from the Nevada State Contractors Board’s 24-hour automated public information line at (775) 688-1141 or (702) 486-1100
- or online
The Nevada State Contractor Surety Board will only process complete applications. A completed application will need to include:
- Business name and address
- Classification of license needed
- Financial responsibility requirements
- Experience and examination qualifications (More information)
- Fingerprints for a criminal background check
- Supporting documents
- $300 non-refundable application fee
Step #4: Mail application
To either address below:
Nevada State Contractors Board
2310 Corporate Circle, Ste 200
Henderson, NV 89074
Nevada State Contractors Board
9670 Gateway Drive, Ste 100
Reno, NV 89521
Step #5: Wait to be Approved
Upon approval of your Nevada Contractors License, you will need to submit a $600 license fee and a Nevada Contractors License Bond (Step #5).
Step #6: Purchase Nevada Contractor License Bond
A Nevada Contractors License Bond is a type of surety bond that protects your clients should you perform shoddy work or not follow through on a contract.
You can purchase a bond from a surety bond company.
The Nevada Contractor License Board will determine your bond amount.
Depending on your bond amount, you might only need to pay $100 for your bond. You will pay anywhere from 1-15% of your total bond amount.
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Once you submit your license fee, surety bond, and any other remaining documents, then you should receive your Nevada Contractors License in the mail within 4 weeks.
For more information, visit the Nevada Contractor License Resource page.
License Expiration and Renewal
Nevada Contractor Licenses are valid for 2 years. To renew your license, you will need to submit renewal paperwork and submit another $600 licensing fee.
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