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2023 Nevada General Contractor License Requirements

Find the Nevada general contractor licensing requirements for 2023 and let Houzz Pro help you navigate the confusing waters of becoming a general contractor.

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Interested in how to get a general contractor license in Nevada, but not sure where to start? With requirements and regulations varying from state to state, it’s easy to get confused and overwhelmed. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about how to become a general contractor in Nevada. 

Who issues a general contractor license in Nevada?

The Nevada State Contractors Board is the governing body for administering general contractor licenses in Nevada.

Who needs a license?

Any business or person who plans to change or construct a building, parking facility, road, railroad or other structure in the state of Nevada needs a Nevada general contractor license.

What are the different general contractor license types in Nevada? 

Nevada has three separate classifications for contractors, so you will need to ensure you apply for the correct one. 

Class A: General Engineering Contractor License

Class B: General Building Contractor License

Class C: Specialty Contractor License

General contractors, namely people involved with construction, repair, altering, and refurbishing of structures and buildings, should apply for The General Building Contractor License (Class B).

How to get a general contractor’s license in Nevada step-by-step

1. Meet the basic Nevada general contractor license requirements

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have at least four years of experience and provide four reference certificates

2. Apply for the licensure exam

Those applying for a general contractor’s license in Nevada are required to submit a $95 application fee along with an application to take a CMS exam as well as a trade exam. 

3. Take the exam

In order to meet the Nevada general contractor license requirements, you’ll need to pass the CMS and trade exams. The CMS exam and trade exam are $140 if taken together and $90 if taken separately. Testing centers are located in Las Vegas, and Reno.

The test allows for 120 minutes for 60 scored questions and 6 minutes for 3 unscored questions. You’ll need 3 forms of identification and to arrive half-an-hour before your scheduled testing time. Three attempts are allowed with a minimum of 2-weeks permitted in between each testing attempt.

4. Complete a background check

You will also be required to submit your fingerprint for comparison by the Nevada Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If you have committed a crime this doesn't mean your application will automatically be denied. Each case will be reviewed individually, considering factors such as the date and severity of the crimes or evidence of rehabilitation.

5. Demonstrate financial responsibility

In order to prove you are financially responsible enough to own and run a business, applicants of a Nevada general contractor’s license must:

  • Submit a contractor bond or cash deposit
  • Put money into a Residential Recovery Fund if you are working on residential properties
  • Show proof of workers’ compensation insurance if you plan on hiring employees

6. Pay licensing and registration fees

Paying fees and completing registration are the final steps in meeting the Nevada general contractor license requirements.

  • Register your business with the Nevada Secretary of State
  • Submitting a biennial fee of $600 to keep your license renewed 

How much does licensing cost in Nevada?

Generally, it costs ~$1,100 to become a licensed general contractor in Nevada.

Tips for passing the Nevada general contractor licensing exam

  • Plan your visit to a testing center ahead of time so you know where to go and aren’t rushed 
  • Find an exam study guide to complete practice test questions and familiarize yourself with the material that will be covered
  • Take online practice tests or classes to prepare
  • Find a few minutes a day to dedicate to studying 

Penalties for unlicensed contractors in Nevada

Practicing without a general contractor license in Nevada will result in a misdemeanor and up to a $1,000 fine. Repeat offenders may face a fine of between $2,000 - $4,000, plus potential jail time of up to 1 year.

Leveraging your license on Houzz

Now that you know how to get a general contractor license in Nevada, it’s time to start thinking about how you can promote your license to potential clients.

Everyone who’s anyone knows the value of a blue checkmark on social media. That’s what the green Verified License Badge is for businesses on Houzz Pro. With one glance, this Badge helps you:

  • Let homeowners know that your business is licensed by state industry experts.
  • Stand out from the competition while homeowners consider who to hire
  • Add credibility to your company name, providing peace of mind to future clients

Here are the steps you can take to add a verified license to your Houzz profile. If you haven’t created a free profile on Houzz, sign up today and get ready to make a bigger impact with your business’ online presence.

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