You can check a contractor's license in California by visiting the website for the State of California Contractors State License Board. This site maintains a database that is updated weekly and allows for multiple search options.
- Gather the information from your contractor
Gather the information from your contractor that is needed for the search. This information can be the contractor's name, business name, or license number.
- Go to the licensing board's website
Go the state licensing board's website and drag your cursor over the word "Consumer." A list of options appears, one of which is "Check a License." Click on this option.
- Enter the information into the search function
Enter the information that you have into the search function. On this page, there are three options: license number, business name and personal name. Use the search option that best fits the information you have.
- Review the information on your prospective contractor
Review the available information on your prospective contractor. The site should tell you if the license is active, if the contractor has a bond, and what type of contractor's license it is. The contractor may have a general contractor's license or a specialty license for work such as plumbing or construction.