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

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.

Alaska
In Alaska, contractors must be registered with the Department of Community and Economic Development. A license can be checked by going to Occupational License Search at http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/occ/OccSearch/main.cfm and selecting "construction contractors." You may also call the Division of Occupational Licensing at (907) 465-2546.

Arizona
In Arizona, contractors require a license to bid or work on any project over $750. A contractor's license can be verified by going to Arizona Registrar of Contractors at http://www.azroc.gov/clsc/AZROCLicenseQuery or by calling (602) 542-1525.

California
In California, contractors need a license if the total cost of the project is $500 or more. A contractor's license can be verified by going to Contractor License Status Check at http://www2.cslb.ca.gov/CSLB_LIBRARY/License+Request.asp or by calling the Contractors State License Board at (800) 321-2752.

Colorado
In Colorado, general construction and home improvement contractors are not licensed by the state. Licensing may be required at the city or county level. Contact the building department in your city to determine what is required and if the contractor has been licensed.

Hawaii
Hawaii requires most contractors to be licensed. To find out of a contractor is licensed, go to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Business Search at http://hbe.ehawaii.gov/cogs/search.html. You can also call (808) 586-3000.

Idaho
Idaho does not require general contractors working on private sector residential or commercial projects to be licensed except at the local level. If a contractor is licensed, you can verify it by going to the Division of Public Safety's License Public Record Information at https://secure.ibol.idaho.gov/eIBOLPublic/LPRBrowser.aspx or by calling (208) 334-3950. Otherwise, contact the building department in your city to determine what is required and if the contractor has been licensed.

Montana
In Montana, construction contractors and subcontractors are required to register with the Department of Labor and Industry if they have employees. Those without employees may register, but it is not required. The department provides a list of all registered construction contractors and allows searches by going to the Montana Contractor Registration Unit at http://erdcr.dli.mt.gov:8910/.

Nevada
In Nevada, contractors must be licensed to bid or work on any construction projects. Licenses can be checked by using the Nevada Contractors Board Search at https://www.nvcontractorsboard.com/datamart/nvscbSearchType.do or by calling (775) 688-1141.

New Mexico
In New Mexico, construction contractors must be licensed. The status of a contractor's license can be checked at the Contractors' Licensing Services, Inc., at http://www.contractorsnm.com/search/contractors/ index.do?func=newsearch, which handles all New Mexico's licensing. You may also contact the Regulation and Licensing Department in New Mexico by calling (505) 827-7003.

Oregon
In Oregon, contractors need to be registered and licensed by the Oregon Construction Contractors Board. To find out if a contractor is licensed, go to Oregon Construction Contractor License Search at https://ccbed.ccb.state.or.us/ccb_frames/consumer_info/ccb_index.htm. You may also call (503) 378-4621.

Utah
In Utah, anyone doing construction work must be licensed. The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing provides a Licensee and Verification System at https://secure.utah.gov/llv/llv. You may also call them at (801) 530-6628.

Washington
In Washington, construction contractors must be registered. Search the Washington Department of Labor and Industries Specialty Compliance Services Division's site at https://fortress.wa.gov/lni/bbip/ for registered contractors or call (360) 902-5226 or (800) 647-0982.

Wyoming
In Wyoming, contractors are 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.

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