Contractor License Search

Search free public contractor licenses, including contractor license lookups, checks, and boards.

What is a Contractor License Search?

A person often needs to find a licensed contractor to assist with tasks such as home construction and repairs, electrical work, or plumbing repairs. However, anyone can claim they are a licensed, professional tradesperson whether this is true or not. A contractor license search allows individuals to verify whether a contractor holds a license before being hired and work begins.

Contractors are licensed by the state or states in which they work, often in specific areas of expertise. Each state sets certain standards for licensing, so a contractor licensed in one state does not automatically meet the licensing requirements in another.

Many states require contractors to pass specific written or skills tests before being licensed. Contractors must complete these tests in the state where the license will be obtained. Once all testing is completed successfully and supporting documentation is provided, a contractor must post a state license bond. This bond is a specific amount of money which serves as financial protection in cases where customers aren't satisfied with the outcome of projects.

Public contractor license searches also offer information on current bonds and contractor license numbers.

Contractor License Searches provide

  1. License numbers and bond information. A contractor license lookup will display pertinent information about a contractor, such as his or her license number, the amount of the bond, and contact information currently on file.
  2. Specialty information. Contractors must be licensed in specific areas or specialties. If they are not licensed in particular specialties, they may not be authorized to perform those types of work. A contractor license check provides information on current specialties in which a particular contractor can offer services.
  3. Effective and expiration dates. A contractor license search allows interested persons to see when a license was awarded, and when it is set to expire.
  4. Insurance information. While not all states require insurance, most contractor license lookups include information on current insurance policies.
  5. Histories of lawsuits and violations. Information about lawsuits filed within a particular period, or infractions relating to state laws or regulations are accessible through a license check.

Are there different types of Contractor License Searches?

In most cases, contractor license searches provide centralized access to all contractor regardless of specialty. They are also similar from one state to the next.