CSLB Streamlines License Experience Review Process
The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is
the government agency that oversees California’s
construction industry and protects consumers by
ensuring that license applicants have the
minimum qualifications required by law. An
important part of this process is verifying and
investigating the experience claimed by an
applicant. CSLB has a legal mandate to
investigate a minimum of 3 percent of
applications received for the claimed
Previously, applications and experience claims were
reviewed and processed by CSLB’s Licensing division
and the formal experience investigations were
conducted by CSLB’s Enforcement division. In some
cases, this divided process resulted in a
duplication of efforts and longer processing times.
streamline the process and provide more efficient
services to license applicants, the experience
investigation program now has been transferred to
CSLB’s Licensing division.
transfer will not change CSLB’s policy as it relates
to the experience qualifications required of
applicants. As mandated by law, CSLB will continue
to require four years of journey-level experience
within the last 10 years immediately preceding the
submission of the application. In the case of
experience verification and investigation, the
applicant still must provide documentation to
substantiate the experience claimed on his or her
CSLB urges consumers to
follow these tips before hiring anyone to work on their home:
· Only hire licensed contractors and ask to see their license and a
photo ID to verify their identity. California law requires a license
for all home improvement contracts with a combined cost of more than
$500 for labor and materials.
· Always check the license number on CSLB’s
Instant License Check feature.
· Never make a down payment of more than 10 percent of the contract
price or $1,000, whichever is less.
· Don’t pay in cash, and don’t let payments get ahead of the work.
· Get at least three bids, check references, get a written contract,
and make sure you understand all terms before signing the contract.
· If a contractor has employees, make sure they are covered by a
workers’ compensation insurance policy, which is noted on the
license detail page on CSLB’s website. Otherwise, if a worker is
injured on the job, the property owner could be liable for medical
and other expenses.
The Contractors State License Board operates under the umbrella of
California Department of Consumer Affairs. More information and
publications about hiring contractors are available on CSLB’s
website or by calling (800) 321-CSLB (2752).
Source: From: "Contractors
State License Board@CSLB" <CSLBINFO@CSLB.CA.GOV>
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