Checking a Contractor's Registration or License in the Midwest Checking a Contractor's Registration or License in the Midwest

Are the building or home improvement contractors you hired licensed or registered with the state? Are they required to be? State requirements for contractors vary greatly. Most states require contractors to be licensed or registered at either the state or local level. Often, these states provide the public a way to find and verify this information on their website or by calling their office. Before hiring any contractor, take a few minutes to verify that they have the proper credentials to do the work.

Illinois
Most construction contractors, except roofing contractors, do not need to be licensed in Illinois. You can verify a roofing contractor's license by going to the Division of Professional Regulation License Lookup at https://www.idfpr.com/DPR/licenselookup/default.asp.

Indiana
General contractors are not licensed at the state level in Indiana. Licensing is done at the county level. Contact the building department in your county to determine what is required and if the contractor has been licensed.

Iowa
In Iowa, construction contractors must be registered with the state if they earn at least $2,000 a year from that work. Searches for registered contractors can be done at the state's Contractors Search Page at http://www2.iwd.state.ia.us/contractor.nsf or by calling the Labor Services Division at (515) 281-5387.

Kansas
With the exception of asbestos abatement and water well drilling, Kansas does not license construction contractors at the state level. However, all businesses must register with the Department of Revenue. There is no online search engine available, but the Department of Revenue can be contacted by calling (913) 296-0222.

Michigan
In Michigan, contractors working on residential buildings must be licensed. Licenses can be verified by going to the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth License/Registration Lookup at http://www.cis.state.mi.us/verify.htm.

Minnesota
In Minnesota, all residential builders or home improvement contractors are required to obtain a license from the Minnesota Department of Commerce. To find out if a company or individual is licensed, go to License Lookup at https://www.egov.state.mn.us/Commerce/license_lookup.do? action=lookupForm or call (651) 296-6319.

Missouri
The state of Missouri does not license construction contractors; all licensing is done at the city level. Contact the building department in your city to determine what is required and if the contractor has been licensed.

Nebraska
Nebraska requires contractors to be licensed locally if they are doing work in counties with a population of 100,000 or more. They do require contractors to be registered. A list of registered contractors and subcontractors is available on Nebraska's Workforce Development website at http://www.dol.state.ne.us/nwd/center.cfm?PRICAT=4&SUBCAT= 4F&ACTION=regcontract. You may also check by calling the Nebraska Workforce Development Department of Labor at (402) 595-3183.

North Dakota
In North Dakota, contractors must have a license to work on any projects that cost more than $2000. The status of a contractor's license can be found on the Secretary of State's Contractor Inquiry page at https://secure.apps.state.nd.us/sc/busnsrch/busnSearch.htm.

Ohio
In Ohio, contractors may be licensed at the local level. Contact the building department in your county or city to determine what is required and if the contractor has been licensed.

Oklahoma
Oklahoma does not license or register general construction or home improvement contractors.

South Dakota
South Dakota does not license or register general construction or home improvement contractors.

Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, residential builders must have the proper state credentials. The status of a builder's credentials can be obtained by doing a credential search on the Wisconsin's Department of Commerce website at http://apps.commerce.state.wi.us/SB_Credential/SB_CredentialApp. Not all classifications require credentialing.

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