frequently asked questions

The licensing exam is waived by using a RMO (Responsible Managing Officer). California Business & Professions Code Sections 7065.1 & 7068.1 allow a new license to be issued to a corporation using the qualifications of the Responsible Managing Officer (RMO). Having ONE person who has passed the licensing test serve as an officer and a license qualifier waives the company’s overall testing requirement.

Every company must have an eligible individual qualifier, who has already passed the licensing exam. A company will need an outside qualifier if the experience or the licensing requirements cannot be met in-house.

The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) requires the RMO to directly supervise the company’s construction operations. Simple-to-follow guidelines in the form of a “supervision/mentorship plan” are provided by RMO Agency and will be reviewed upon the introduction of a new Contractor and RMO.

The RMO’s main roles are of a mentor, consultant and supporter of the company’s growth and success. The RMO is not required to perform any hands on construction work. 

It usually takes CSLB approximately 3 months to issue a new license with a RMO.

CSLB is currently expediting applications of military veterans who submit their DD214 form along with the application, to confirm release and honorable discharge from duty.
  • Recruiting of new contractors and potential RMOs
  • Introduction between a new contractor and local RMO with the appropriate license classification
  • License application preparation, submission and tracking
  • Supervision/mentorship plan – Important guidelines to follow to ensure that the RMO-Contractor relationship is in compliance with State requirements. Following the plan will ensure you are doing this the right way and will be able to keep the new license ACTIVE.
  • FREE Online Customer Portal (Shared communication between the contractor and RMO)- Secured location to upload and organize important construction documents in order for the RMO to be up-to-date as required by law (examples of documents to upload: contracts, permits, photos, project updates, etc…)
  • Helpful tips, education, reminders, and sample legal contracts to use in construction projects
  • RMO Connect – Online community accessible to our members for local networking opportunities
  • Ongoing support – We have been in the RMO Placement business since 2006 and will gladly share our knowledge with you!

YES! RMO Agency will assist you with preparing, submitting and tracking your license application with the State. Our applications are hand-delivered at the CSLB window for quicker processing!

Any individual who will be signing agreements on behalf of the licensed company MUST be listed on the license in addition to the RMO.

Each person will be fingerprinted in order to pass a background check with the State. Most past criminal records are accepted as long as a misdemeanor occurred over 3 years ago and a felony over 7 years ago. 

Anyone who has gone through the CSLB’s fingerprinting requirement previously will most likely be approved without the need for a new background check.

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Business & Professions Code 7068.1

The person qualifying on behalf of an individual or firm under paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 7068 shall be responsible for exercising that direct supervision and control of his or her employer’s or principal’s construction operations as is necessary to secure full compliance with the provisions of this chapter and the rules and regulations of the board relating to the construction operations. This person shall not act in the capacity of the qualifying person for an additional individual or firm unless one of the following conditions exists:

(a)There is a common ownership of at least 20 percent of the equity of each individual or firm for which the person acts in a qualifying capacity.

(b)The additional firm is a subsidiary of or a joint venture with the first. “Subsidiary,” as used in this subdivision, means any firm at least 20 percent of the equity of which is owned by the other firm.

(c)With respect to a firm under paragraph (2) or (3) of subdivision (b) of Section 7068, the majority of the partners or officers are the same.

(d)Notwithstanding subdivisions (a), (b), and (c), a qualifying individual may act as the qualifier for no more than three firms in any one-year period.

“Firm,” as used in this section, means a copartnership, a limited partnership, a corporation, or any other combination or organization described in Section 7068.

“Person,” as used in this section, is limited to persons natural, notwithstanding the definition of “person” in Section 7025.

The board shall require every applicant or licensee qualifying by the appearance of a qualifying individual to submit detailed information on the qualifying individual’s duties and responsibilities for supervision and control of the applicant’s construction operations.

CAL. BUS. & PROF. CODE §7065.1.

Notwithstanding Section 7065, the registrar may waive the examination for a contractor’s license under any of the following circumstances:

(a)The qualifying individual has, for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure, been listed on the official records of the board as a member of the personnel of any licensee who held a license, which was active and in good standing, in the same classification being applied for, and who during the period listed on the license has been actively engaged in a licensee’s construction activities in the same classification within which the applicant applies for a license.

(b)The qualifying individual is an immediate member of the family of a licensee whose individual license was active and in good standing for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure, and the qualifying individual is able to show all of the following:

(1)The qualifying individual has been actively engaged in the licensee’s business for five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure.

(2)The license is required to continue the existing family business in the event of the absence or death of the licensee.

(3)An application is made for a new license in the same classifications in which the licensee is or was licensed.

(c)The qualifying individual is an employee of a corporation seeking to replace its former qualifying individual and has been employed by that corporation under the following conditions:

(1)For five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure, the qualifying individual has been continually employed by the corporation in a supervisory capacity in the same classifications being applied for.

(2)For five of the seven years immediately preceding the application for licensure, the corporation has held an active license in good standing in the same classifications being applied for.

The corporation has not requested a waiver under this subdivision within the past five years.

For purposes of this section, employees of a corporation shall include, but not be limited to, the officers of a corporation.