Most states provide a license search to help consumers verify the status of a contractor, an employee or a business. The license or contractor verification tools are usually available from a state's licensing board for contractors or under the labor and industries department website.
Some states, such as Washington, Florida and Louisiana, require contractors to acquire a license in order to operate their business within the state. Although each state has over 40 contractor qualifications, most states provide a general license verification search for contractors. The state may allow searches by the contractor's name, license number, type of contractor or name of the contractor's company. The verification tool usually brings back basic results, such as the status and type of license and the license's application and expiration dates.
Some municipalities require contractors to complete a separate application for a Municipal Contractor License, especially when the job the contractor performs exceeds a certain cost. A county, municipality or city may also require additional licensing or authorization before a contractor can start working within a specific community. Make sure to check with a county or municipality's government website or office to determine whether it operates a separate license verification tool for contractors.