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When you are first beginning your journey as a general contractor in New York you might be wondering what classes you have to take (or what experience you will need). But, what people do not typically consider are the actual licensing requirements they need to meet. And seeing as you are trying to become a contractor in a state that can be riddled with unforeseen taxes and regulations; you might be a little skeptical (and you’d be right). Or, so you’d think. Actually, understanding how to get your NY general contractor license is fairly easy. It’s just getting the license that’s difficult.
Getting Your NY General Contractor License AQAP (or As Quick as Possible)
Understanding what you need to do to get your NY general contractor license will help you being your journey towards success. If you don’t understand the rules, regulations and requirements you may find yourself spending an exorbitant amount of time and money on unnecessary pursuits. Listed below are the requirements you will need to become a general contractor in the Empire State.
1. Meet These License Qualifications
In order to officially receive your NY general contractor license you must meet the following qualifications.
- 18 years old or older
- Be able to read and write the English language
- Good moral character
2. Pass a Background Investigation
On top of the qualifications specified above you will also need to pass a background investigation. The investigation will likely cost you around $330 and you will have to provide state officials with your photo ID, your social security card, and proof of residence, 3 consecutive bank statements and a typed, completed and notarized LIC6 application form. Background checks aren’t cheap, but, unfortunately they are necessary so be sure to get your check done as soon as you can.
3. Provide State Officials with Additional Documentation
Depending on your situation, the state may require you to provide them with additional information. So, whether you are an LLC, sole proprietor or corporation you will want to check out New York State’s documentation requirements (which we have provided for you here).
4. Apply for Your License
Congratulations! You have made it to the final stage (and the actual application). Once the Departments Licensing Unit decides that you meet all of the requirements for a license they will send you a letter. Within that letter will be instructions and required items that must still be submitted to the Department in order for you to get you license. You have 365 days after you receive that letter to obtain your license so be sure to act promptly.
If you have any further questions about obtaining a NY general contractor license please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-649-9094. We look forward to hearing from you and best of luck!