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Why Do I Need a Contractor’s License?

  1. Work Legally
    Don’t put your career and family income at risk. The Contractor’s State License Board treats offenses very seriously and so should you!

  2. Make More Money
    With a valid Contractor’s License, you can pursue bigger and higher paying projects. Don’t limit your growth potential.

  3. Get More Clients
    A valid Contractor’s License allows you to advertise your business and display your work publicly. Get more exposure and build your brand, which includes your company’s Contractor’s License!

Why use a RMO?

  1. Skip the test
    Using a RMO (Responsible Managing Officer) as your license qualifier waives the testing requirement due to the RMO already having sufficient experience!

  2. Access to Mentoring
    Did you know that 50% of businesses fail within the first year? RMO Agency pairs you with an experienced contractor mentor who helps guide you to success. RMO Agency will also continue to support you and provide online tools, tips and education to support your business. 

  3. Networking Opportunities – RMO Agency will give you access to other local contractors active in the program, for you to share projects and network for success

  4. Expand your services & accelerate your opportunities by adding a new classification to your license without stopping the business and studying for a new trade test.

How Does It Work?

Working with a RMO is a legal alternative to obtaining a Contractor’s License that will save you time AND give you access to an experienced and knowledgeable contractor to support your new business. (Codes §7065.1, and §7068.1)

RMO Agency maintains a pool of pre-qualified RMOs with the most high-in-demand classifications and locations available immediately. 

We have done all the recruiting work for you and will assist with your licensing application process as well.

Program Graduation:

Here is your exit plan! After 5 years of working under an active & in good standing license, you are eligible to apply to become your company’s new RMO. At that point you graduate our program and get to continue working on your own with the same company and license number you have invested in for 5 years!

What are the costs?

Initial costs:

  • $2,500 security deposit ($1,000 is refundable upon completion of compliance checklist which ensures RMO supervision compliance. The remaining balance is refundable upon satisfactory completion of agreement) 
  • $1,000 Application processing & tracking service fee        
  • $530 CSLB license application fee for new license (or $150 for additional classification / RMO replacement)

Monthly fee:

  • $995 (begins upon license issuance / RMO approval)
  • Additional payment to RMO directly for supervision visit (per supervision mentorship plan): $100 per visit + driving time @ $30/hr + mileage @ 56 cents per mile. 1 visit per month required. Additional visits for high volume of work.

Additional costs for Contractor’s Bond, insurance and other government fees or taxes are not included and are required to get your license 

Is there a way to reduce service cost? Yes, Refer a friend and earn $500 credit for any successful referral to us.

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Did You Know?

Contracting or selling a construction project over $500 without a valid Contractor’s License is a criminal misdemeanor offense.

The State has undercover sting operations looking to catch and prosecute unlicensed individuals. If caught, you will face fines and possible jail time.

Consequences of unlicensed operation

    • 1st time offenders likely will have to appear before a superior court judge and face misdemeanor charges. In addition, potential sentence of up to 6 months in jail and/or $5,000 fine plus administrative fine of $200-$15,000.
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    • 2nd time offenders have a mandatory 90-day jail sentence plus must pay a fine of 20% of the contract price, or $5000.

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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.