Contractor Licensing in Nevada  
 
Nevada Licensing Information

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  • Key Addresses for information and submission of documentation
  • Overview of application process and requirements
  • Nevada Classifications and Subclassifications
  • Testing requirements and procedures
  • Contractor Checklist

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    Key Addresses
    To apply for a license, ask for a license packet from:
     

    Northern Nevada
    Nevada State Contractors' Board
    9670 Gateway Drive, Suite 100
    Reno, NV 89511
    (775) 688-1141
    Fax (775) 688-1271
    Web Site: http://www.state.nv.us/nscb/
    E-mail: cntractr@govmail.state.nv.us

    Southern Nevada
    Nevada State Contractor's Board
    4220 S. Maryland Parkway, Suite D-800
    Las Vegas, NV 89119
    (702) 486-1100
    Fax (702) 466-1190
    Web Site: http://www.state.nv.us/nscb/
    E-mail: cntractr@govmail.state.nv.us

     
    Out-of-state corporations must qualify with the Nevada Secretary of State
    to do business in the state. For information, contact:
     

    Secretary of State
    101 North Carson Street
    Carson City, NV 89701-4786
    (775) 687-5203
    Fax (775) 687-3471
    Web Site: http://sos.state.nv.us/

     

     
    Overview

    The application/license fee for each primary classification is $600.00 ($300.00 application fee, $300.00 license fee). The application fee is not refundable. A separate application and fee must be filed for each primary classification, along with reference sheets supporting each primary classification desired. It is suggested that you retain a copy of the application and all the contents for your records.

    NAME SELECTION: In the event a licensed contractor is using a similar business name, you will be asked to choose a different name pursuant to NRS 624.254.

    FINANCIAL STATEMENT REQUIREMENTS: TO ENSURE ACCEPTANCE OF YOUR APPLICATION, PLEASE PROVIDE A COPY OF THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO YOUR ACCOUNTANT.

    All financial statements must be prepared by a Certified Public Accountant or Licensed Public Accountant and meet the following criteria:

    • The statement must be for the applying entity. Sole proprietorships and general partnerships may submit business and/or personal statements.
    • All statements must be in U.S. dollars. * All statements must be prepared by a certified public account, or licensed public accountant.
    • Compiled statements must be current within six (6) months of the date the application is received. Reviewed or audited statements must be current within one (1) year from the date the application is received.
    • Limits below $1,000,000 require a financial statement with full disclosures, which is compiled, reviewed, or audited. Business financial statements must include a classified balance sheet.
    • Limits of $1,000,000 or more require a reviewed or audited financial statement. Business financial statements must include a classified balance sheet.

    BANK VERIFICATION FORM: Have your bank complete items 4-10 on the bank verification form provided.

    CORPORATIONS: Include a copy of your certificate of good standing issued by the Nevada Secretary of State.

    LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANIES: Include a copy of your articles of organization, operating agreement, and certificate of good standing issued by the Nevada Secretary of State.

    LIMITED PARTNERSHIPS: Include a copy of your partnership agreement, and certificate of good standing issued by the Nevada Secretary of State.

    GENERAL PARTNERSHIPS: Include a signed and dated copy of your partnership agreement.

    FICTITIOUS NAME USE: If you plan to operate using a fictitious name, you will need to provide a recorded copy of your certificate of fictitious name.

    EXPERIENCE: The qualifying individual must have a minimum of four (4) years of experience as a workman, supervising employee or contractor in the classification requested.

    REFERENCE SHEETS: The application must contain (4) completed, signed and notarized reference sheets verifying the work history of the qualifier. Relatives cannot complete the forms, nor anyone affiliated with applying company. The forms must be completed by the certifier and cannot be pre-written or pre-typed by the applicant. The reference sheets must show a minimum of four years experience in the classification applied for.

    RESUME' OF EXPERIENCE: Complete the resume' provided in question #14 of the application. Include name, current address, phone number and dates of employment for each employer. Describe in detail the work performed by you. Specify type(s) of construction projects, trades(s), craft(s), tasks and duties performed. If you attach a separate resume' make sure it contains the necessary information as stated above. If you have been self employed for the past 4 years, include a customer list containing the same information as stated above.

    EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to take a written examination(s). The examination will be in two parts.

    The Construction Management exam will cover general knowledge of the Nevada contractors license law, the mechanics lien laws, and common knowledge of business administration. The trade exam will consist of practical questions and problems in the specific classification for which you are applying.

    An exam outline and reference list for each exam is available at no charge from either office of the Board. A reference manual for the Construction Management exam may be purchased from NAI / Block (please refer to the Candidate Information Brochure for ordering information). The management exam is open book. The fee for the management exam is $40.00. If the classification for which you are applying requires a technical exam, the cost of both exams will be a total of $75.00.

    For any additional exam, a fee of $35.00 will be charged. Arrangements for the exam will be made after experience has been verified. An examination may not be required if the qualifying individual currently qualifies, or has qualified a Nevada license within the past seven (7) years in the same classification for which you are applying. Reciprocal Agreements: Nevada has limited reciprocal agreements with the states of Arizona, California, and Utah. This agreement applies to the trade examination only.

    All other requirements must be met. This act of reciprocity does not include any of the plumbing or electrical trades. Technical exams will be required for those classifications deemed to fall within these trades. In order to be considered for reciprocity, the following is required:

    • The qualifier must have been licensed and in good standing in one of the participating states for at least 5 of the last7 years.
    • The qualifier must have taken and passed an equivalent examination in that state.
    • Proof of compliance with the above stated requirements must be submitted with the application.

    The Board reserves the right to require an examination of any applicant regardless of current or previous licensure.

    The State Contractors' Board is not affiliated with, and does not endorse or recommend any of the contractors licensing schools. Please direct any questions regarding your application and exam requirements to the State Contractors' Board.

    LICENSE BOND REQUIREMENT: Once the application is approved, you will be required to post a bond in an amount determined by the Board. The bond must be maintained for a minimum of five (5) years, after which time you may apply to the Board for relief of this requirement. Surety Bond: A bond form acceptable under the law will be sent to you upon final approval of the application by the Board. Cash Bond: A cash bond may be posted in lieu of a surety bond. The cash deposit will be accepted only in the form of a money order or cashiers' check payable to the Nevada State ContractorsΠBoard. In accordance with NRS 624.270, a cash bond will be held for a period of two years after termination of the license or relief of a bond requirement. A $50.00 administrative fee will be assessed initially and yearly at time of renewal to cover the cost of administering this fund.

    INDUSTRIAL INSURANCE REQUIREMENT: You will be required to provide proof of compliance with the laws of the State of Nevada regarding industrial insurance. Please contact the Employers Insurance Company of Nevada office nearest you for a determination regarding the requirements for your company.

    In the Reno area call (775) 327-2700, Las Vegas area call (702) 671-7000.

    YOU ARE CAUTIONED THAT IT IS A VIOLATION OF THE LAW TO ACT AS A CONTRACTOR, ADVERTISE, OR OFFER TO BID WORK IN NEVADA ON JOBS THAT COME UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE BOARD, WITHOUT BEING PROPERLY LICENSED AT ALL TIMES.

     

     
    License Classifications
    (A separate application is required for each primary classification)
    Primary Classification A - General Engineering
      SubClassifications
      A1 Airports   A11 Recycling Asphalt
      A2 Highways   A12 Excavating, Grading, Trenching, and Surfacing
      A3 Dams and Reservoirs   A13 Wrecking Buildings
      A4 Bridges   A14 Steel Erection and Industrial Machinery
      A5 Diamond and Core Drillings   A15 Sewers, Drains, and Pipes
      A6 Drilling of Oil, Gas, and Exploratory Wells   A16 Paving of Streets, Driveways, and Parking Lots
      A7 Excavating and Grading   A17 Lines to Transmit Electricity
      A8 Sealing and Striping of Asphaltic Surfaces   A18 Farm Irrigation
      A9 Piers and Foundations   A19 Pipeline and Conduits
      A10 Commercial and Residential Pools   A19A Water
      A10A Residential Pools   A19B Gas
      A10B Residential Spas   A20 Industrial Piping
      A10C Repair of Pools and Spas   A21 Fencing and Guardrails
      A10D Pools and Spas of Fiberglass   A22 Unclassified
      A10E Maintenance of Pools and Spas   A23 Removal of Asbestos
     
    Primary Classification AB - General Engineering and General Building
     
    Primary Classification B - General Building
      SubClassifications
      B1 Premanufactured Housing   B4 Service Stations
      B2 Residential and Small Commercial   B5 Prefabricated Steel Structures
      B3 Speculative Buildings      
     
    Primary Classification C1 - Plumbing and Heating
      SubClassifications
      C1A Boilers   C1G Landscape Irrigation
      C1B Fire Sprinklers   C1H Pipes and Vents for Gas
      C1C Insulation of Pipes and Ducts   C1I Water Heaters
      C1D Plumbing   C1J Solar Water and Space Heating
      C1E Sheet Metal   C1K Chilled-Water Piping
      C1F Heating, Cooling, and Circulating Air      
     
    Primary Classification C2 - Electrical
      SubClassifications
      C2A Electrical Wiring   C2E Signal Systems
      C2B Integrated Ceilings   C2F Lines to Transmit Electricity
      C2C Fire Detection   C2G Residential Wiring
      C2D Amplifying Systems      
     
    Primary Classification C3 - Carpentry
      SubClassifications
      C3A Carpentry, Remodeling, and Repairs   C3H Finishing Counters
      C3B Wood Flooring   C3I Overhead Doors
      C3C Cabinets and Millwork   C3J Drywall
      C3D Insulation   C3K Decking for Roofs
      C3E Siding   C3L Wood Truss
      C3F Weatherstripping and Caulking   C3M Studs of Sheet Metal
      C3G Acoustical Tile      
     
    Primary Classification C4 - Painting and Decorating
      SubClassifications
      C4A Painting   C4E Drywall
      C4B Wallcovering   C4F Sheet Metal Studs
      C4C Taping and Finishing   C4G Acoustical Tile
      C4D Sandblasting   C4H Urethane Coatings
     
    Primary Classification C5 - Concrete
      SubClassifications
      C5A Concrete Pouring   C5B Concrete Cutting
     
    Primary Classification C6 - Erecting Signs
      SubClassifications
      C6A Outdoor Advertising   C6C Sheet Metal
      C6B Electrical Signs   C6D Painted Signs
     
    Primary Classification C7 - Elevation and Conveyance
      SubClassifications
      C7A Elevator and Dumbwaiter   C7C Pneumatic Tube
      C7B Escalator and Conveyor   C7D Moving Walkway
     
    Primary Classification C8 - Glass and Glazing
      SubClassifications
      C8A Glazing   C8D Enclosures for Showers, Tubs, and Toilet Partitions
      C8B Window Wall   C8E Automatic Doors
      C8C Store Fronts      
     
    Primary Classification C9 - Movement of Buildings
     
    Primary Classification C10 - Landscape Contracting
      SubClassifications
      C10A Landscaping   C10C Hydroseeding and Control of Soil Erosion
      C10B Landscape Irrigation      
     
    Primary Classification C11 - Spraying Mixtures Containing Cement
     
    Primary Classification C13 - Using Sheet Metal
     
    Primary Classification C14 - Steel Reinforcing and Erection
      SubClassifications
      C14A Reinforcing Steel   C14G Store Fronts
      C14B Structural Steel   C14H Prefabricated Steel Structures
      C14C Ornamental Metals   C14I Awnings
      C14D Curtain Walls   C14J Louvers
      C14E Metal Doors and Frames   C14K Rigging and Cranes
      C14F Metal Windows and Frames      
     
    Primary Classification C15 - Roofing and Siding
      SubClassifications
      C15A Roofing   C15C Insulation
      C15B Siding   C15D Waterproofing
     
    Primary Classification C16 - Finishing Floors
      SubClassifications
      C16A Covering Floors   C16D Carpet Laying
      C16B Finishing Counters   C16E Urethane Coatings
      C16C Plastic Tile and Wallboard      
     
    Primary Classification C17 - Lathing and Plastering
      SubClassifications
      C17A Lathing   C17D Acoustical Tile
      C17B Plastering   C17E Coatings of Stucco and Cement
      C17C Drywall   C17F Studs of Sheet Metal
     
    Primary Classification C18 - Masonry
     
    Primary Classification C19 - Installing Terrazzo and Marble
      SubClassifications
      C19A Terrazzo   C19C Artificial or Cultured Marble
      C19B Marble      
     
    Primary Classification C20 - Tiling
      SubClassifications
      C20A Plastic Tile and Wallboard   C20B Swimming Pool Tile and Coping
     
    Primary Classification C21 - Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
      SubClassifications
      C21A Refrigeration   C21E Solar Air Conditioning
      C21B Air Conditioning   C21F Chilled Water
      C21C Sheet Metal   C21G Piping for Hot Water
      C21D Maintenance      
     
    Primary Classification C23 - Drilling Wells and Installing Pumps, Pressure Tanks, and Storage Tanks
     
    Primary Classification C24 - Erecting Scaffolds and Bleachers
     
    Primary Classification C25 - Fencing and Equipping Playgrounds
     
    Primary Classification C26 - Institutional Contracting
      SubClassifications
      C26A Kitchen and Laboratory Equipment   C26C Floors of Gymnasiums
      C26B Building Accessories and Specialties      
     
    Primary Classification C27 - Individual Sewerage
     
    Primary Classification C28 - Fabricating Tanks
      SubClassifications
      C28A Fabricating Tanks   C28B Sandblasting and Coatings
     
    Primary Classification C30 - Installing Equipment to Treat Water
     
    Primary Classification C31 - Wrecking
     
    Primary Classification C32 - Setting Refractories
     
    Primary Classification C33 - Installing Industrial Machinery
     
    Primary Classification C34 - Installing Bowling Alleys
     
    Primary Classification C35 - Installing Vaults and Safes
     
    Primary Classification C36 - Installing Urethane
      SubClassifications
      C36A Urethane Insulation   C36C Urethane Coating
      C36B Urethane Roof Deck      
     
    Primary Classification C37 - Solar Contracting
      SubClassifications
      C37A Water Heating   C37C Air Conditioning
      C37B Space Heating   C37D Heating of Pools
     
    Primary Classification C38 - Installing Equipment Used with Liquefied Petroleum and Natural Gas
      SubClassifications
      C38A Pipes and Vents   C38C Heating and Ventilation
      C38B Gas Appliances and Equipment      
     
    Primary Classification C39 - Installing Heaters
     
    Primary Classification C40 - Specialties Not Authorized by Other Classifications
     
    Primary Classification C41 - Fire Protection
      SubClassifications
      C41A Automatic Fire Sprinklers   C41C Fire Alarms
      C41B Fixed Fire Extinguishing Systems      
     
    Primary Classification C42 - Constructing, Altering, or Improving Community Antenna Television Systems
     
    Primary Classification E1 - Owner/Builder Not To Exceed Three Stories
     
    Primary Classification E2 - Owner/Builder Exceeding Three Stories
     
     

     
    Testing
    EXAMINATION REGISTRATION:  Nevada state law requires contractors and subcontractors to be licensed and regulated by the State Contractors' Board.  Eligibility for examination is determined by the Board.  If the Board accepts your qualification to sit for the exam, you will be mailed a Licensing Examination Registration Form in duplicate.  You must complete the form by indicating whether you wish to test in Reno or Las Vegas and the date you wish to test.  Then mail the yellow copy of the form with the appropriate fees to:
      Experior
    5486 South 1900 West, Suite C
    Taylorsville, Utah 84118

    Phone: (801) 355-5009
     
    EXAMINATION FEES:
      CMS Exam $40.00  
    CMS Plus 1 Classification $75.00
    CMS Plus 2 Classifications $75.00
    Any Additional Exam $35.00
    Retake an Exam $35.00
    (These fees were established in the Nevada State Administrative Code.)
     
    DATES AND SITES:  All examination dates and registration deadlines are listed on the Registration Form.  Examinations are held once a month in Reno and Las Vegas.
     
    ADMISSION LETTERS:  Admission letters are mailed to Board-approved candidates approximately five (5) days before the examination date.  Each admission letter shows the candidate name, title of the exam, date the exam will be given, the address of the exam center, and the time for reporting for the exam. 

    Candidates who do not appear on the date and at the time shown on the admission letter will forfeit all testing fees.  Persons arriving after the exam supervisor has already started may not be admitted.  If you lose your admission letter, or have not received an admission letter two days before the exam date, contact Experior immediately at (801) 355-5009.  Notify the State Contractors' Board and Experior of any change of address.
     
    CANDIDATES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS:  If a physical or mental impairment prevents you from taking the exam under normal conditions, you may request special arrangements.  Submit documentation to the State Contractors' Board and Experior with your application to help determine what special arrangements are necessary.
     
    WHAT TO BRING TO THE EXAM:  Bring your admission letter and one recent, official, photo-bearing identification (such as a driver's license).

    Bring two #2 pencils for marking your answer sheet.

    You may also bring a nonprogrammable, silent, nonprinting calculator.

    Exams will be open Code book. All applicable Code books will be provided by NAI - Block.

    You will NOT be allowed to bring any reference material to the exam EXCEPT the Nevada Contractors' Reference Manual (for the CMS ONLY).  The reference is available from:
      NAI - Block
    254 South 600 East
    Salt Lake City, Utah 84102

    Phone: (801) 355-5009
     
    DESCRIPTION OF THE TRADE EXAM:  The examination may include questions on:
  • Reading and interpreting construction codes and regulations
  • Nevada Health Department regulations
  • Appropriate building codes
  • Trade materials, tools, equipment, and methods
  • Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Rules
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    DESCRIPTION OF THE (CMS) EXAM:  The Contractors' Management Survey (CMS) examination is a three-hour open book examination. The examination covers:

    1. Nevada State Contractor Licensing Laws and Regualtions
  • Requirements to obtain a license
  • Scope of licenses (what one is allowed to do under a specific license)
  • Bonding and insurance requirements
  • License expiration and renewal
  • Grounds for disciplinary action, suspension, and revocations


  • 2. State Laws
  • Compensation, wages, and hours
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Statutory liens
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Workers' compensation


  • 3. Construction Project Management
  • Business organization
  • Preparing bids and estimates
  • Preparing work schedules, keeping records
  • Scheduling materials and labor for jobs
  • Meeting legal requirements for contracts
  • Personnel management
  • Bonds and insurance


  • 4. Business and Financial Management
  • Business planning
  • General accounting
  • Federal payroll taxes and reports
  • Financial statements and reports
  • Controlling cash flow
  • Labor and overhead costs
  • Budgeting and profit calculations
  • Billing and payment methods
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    SCORES:  Your score is based on the number of questions you answer correctly.  You will not be given credit for any question that is answered incorrectly, left blank, or has more than one answer marked.  Be sure to mark an answer for each question.  There is no penalty for guessing.  Your score will be mailed approximately two weeks after the exam date.

    All scores are mailed simultaneously.  A minimum score of 70% correct is required to pass the exam.  You will receive a 'PASS' or 'FAIL' notice and your percent score.  Both score reports will provide you with information regarding the next step in the licensure process.  To ensure confidentiality, exam scores are NOT given over the telephone.
     
    RETAKES:  You may take the examination at any regularly scheduled test date after your application is approved, but you are allowed six months from the approved date found on your Licensing Examination Registration Form to pass the test.  If you do not pass the exam the first time, you may retake it.  If you fail on the second attempt, you may take the exam a third time.  The fee is $35.00 per exam each time you retake it.  If you fail the third time, your application becomes void.  You may apply again with a new application and appropriate fees three months after the date of your last examination.
     
    EXAMINATION REFERENCES
    Contractors Management Survey Exam (CMS)
    The primary reference book for the CMS exam is the Nevada Contractor's Reference Manual.  The following reference is also suggested for study: Builder's Guide to Accounting, revised edition, by Michael C. Thomsett.
     
    For information on how to obtain
    examination references, call toll-free
    1-877-624-2562
     
    Trade Examinations
    NAI-Block currently administers more than 60 contractor examinations for the State of Nevada.  Individual content outlines are available from the State Contractors' Board and NAI-Block for specific tests.  Content outlines include information about pertinent Code books, state laws and regulations, technical manuals, and textbooks.
     

     
    New Application Checklist
    In order to prevent unnecessary delays in the processing of your application,
    answer these questions. Have you:
     
    Yes No
    Assured that owners', qualifiers', and officers' signatures have been notarized?
    Provided the required financial statements, current within six months and prepared by a Certified Public Accountant or Licensed Public Accountant?
    Ensured that items 4-10 have been completed on the bank verification form by your bank or credit union?
    If applying as a Corporation, included a copy of certificate of good standing issued by the Nevada Secretary of State?
    If applying as a Limited Liability Company, included copies of articles of organization, operating agreements, and certificates of good standing issued by the Nevada Secretary of State?
    If applying as a Limited Partnership, included copies of partnership agreements and certificates of good standing issued by the Nevada Secretary of State?
    If applying as a General Partnership, included a signed and dated copy of your partnership agreement?
    Furnished a recoreded copy of the certificate of fictitious name when applicable?
    Documented a minimum of four years experience as a workman, supervising employee, or contractor in the classification for which you are applying on your resume?
    Provided four completed, signed, and notarized reference sheets verifying the work history of the qualifier in the classification requested, supporting a minimum of four years experience?
    Submitted $600 fee ($300 application/$300 licensure) for each primary application?
    Included a photo of the qualifing individual(s)?
    Supplied a complete business address, including telephone and facsimile numbers?