How Can You Check a Contractors CSLB License?


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Verify a contractor's license with the California Contractors State License Board by entering his information on the state of California's website, CA.gov. The website accepts a contractor's license number, the business name or the contractor's name for verification. Some of the license details it provides are the status of a license, business information and construction type.

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To access the license checker, type "CSLB" into the search bar on the California main page. Then, in the pop-up results, click Check A License. Choose an icon to change the search type, but using the license number provides the most narrow results.

Find a contractor's license number on his plastic pocket-size card. As of October 2015, license numbers consists of eight numerical digits. If the license number is unknown, enter the name of the contractor's business. Name formats vary, so try entering last names first, removing characters from the end, or adding or removing spaces between initials if the correct license doesn't appear. Alternatively, use an individual contractor's name if the business name is unknown.

The CSLB is responsible for creating and managing contractors licenses in California. It also handles complaints against contractors, taking disciplinary action and helping protect consumers with monetary disputes against them. The online license checker provides publicly available information about complaints made against contractors.

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