The state of Arizona, like most other states, regulates residential and commercial construction. In Arizona, jobs that cost more than $ 1,000 must be done by a registered contractor. Applying for a registered contractor license requires courses, an exam, and payment of a fee. For many small businesses, this is a large and important expense that must be done on time before you can work on certain projects. You may need to first solidify your company's business organization before applying for the license, so that you are ready to go when the process is complete. This article will teach you how to become a licensed contractor in Arizona.
Step 1. Go to www.azroc.gov or any public registry of contractors to obtain an Arizona contractor license application packet
Read all the instructions on the package before you start filling out the forms. You should fill it out by printing with black ink or with a typewriter.
Step 2. Take prep courses if you think you are not qualified to take the test
You can find these courses at www.examprep.org/arizona_contractors_license. People who live outside of Arizona, but want to take the Arizona test, may choose to take these classes to better understand the requirements of another state.
These classes are specialized, just like the contractor's license. For example, you need to take different tests if you want to be a residential remodeling contractor than if you want to be a large commercial contractor or plumbing contractor
Step 3. Finish the business and administration exams before filling out your application
You can call 1-800-733-9267 or visit www.azroc.gov/l_Exam.html to find out what exams are required for your contractor application. They are specific to the type of contractor you want to be.
Step 4. Visit www.candidate.psiexams.com to complete business or trade administration exams
You will be asked to choose the state and you must select “Contractor in Arizona” from the drop-down list. Then, you can find your test among many others that exist for contractors.
Step 5. Pay the $ 56 fee to take the test and make a schedule for when you are going to do it
Most exams are open book and can be taken on the computer. In case the exam is carried out on site, you can also set your schedule in this section.
- You must create an account in order to take the test online. This includes your name, address, personal information, and perhaps your business name. You can also register by phone by calling 1-800-733-926 or you can fill out the application and send it to the address mentioned on the package.
- If you take a test at the Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff or Yuma location, you will need to bring 2 types of identification. You must also adhere to the strict protocol of the exams.
Step 6. Apply and get a license voucher
The bond protects the company and its clients in the event of bankruptcy or bad practices. The request shows how big the bond should be depending on the type of contract and if you want to deliver a cash bond, a certificate of deposit or a surety.
Step 7. Apply to the Contractor Recovery Fund or place a $ 200,000 bond if you plan to do residential work
The application to enter the Contractor Recovery Fund has a fee of $ 450, or you can create a larger bonus. Go to www.azroc.gov/Recovery/answers.html for more information on this fund.
Step 8. Request an Arizona Tax Transaction Privilege Code
You may receive a code in Phoenix or Tucson from the Arizona tax department. Phone numbers and addresses are in the application packet.
Step 9. Apply for insurance for your company
You will need to attach the insurance information in the application package. This may include company insurance and workers' compensation insurance.
Step 10. Fill out the application in black ink or typewriter
This includes the type of license you are applying for, the type of organization, such as sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation. You should also include the experience record and all the company, employee, and financial details.
Step 11. Attach your voucher information, insurance information, test information and any other information essential to the application
Step 12. Submit the Contractor License Application with all necessary forms of identification
Make sure you sign and date all the necessary areas of the application. Incomplete applications will be returned and you may have to pay additional processing fees.
Step 13. Wait for the Arizona Public Registry of Contractors to process your license
You will receive a license number if you have completed all the necessary steps correctly. Put your contractor license number on all business forms and company information.
- Perhaps you should also fill out the forms that reciprocity agreements in Nevada, Utah, and California allow. These forms should come in your application package, but if you didn't receive them, you can also find them at www.azroc.gov/l_Forms.html.
- You can seek assistance with a small business attorney to complete your Arizona contractor license. Email [email protected] for more information.
- Depending on the type of test you take, it may cost you more than $ 56 to take. You may also have to pay for more than one exam.