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Connecticut

Home improvement and new home construction contractors must be certified. Anyone working on major projects must be registered.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if someone is registered as a contractor in Connecticut click https://www.elicense.ct.gov/, or call (860) 713-6135 and request an inquiry form. Complete the form and return it to the Department. You will be notified if the individual is registered in Connecticut.


For start-up businesses, click http://www.YouBelongInCT.com. This Web site is designed to provide you with resources to bring your business into full compliance with Connecticut law quickly and easily. The Smart Start office at CERC will assist you in registering your business with state agencies. Smart Start can be reached at (800) 392-2122 or http://www.ct-clic.com.

To get an application for registration to work on major projects, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) State of Connecticut
Department of Consumer Protection
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 110
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
Fax: (860) 713-7239
http://www.state.ct.us/dcp

The application will ask you for:

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Registration will cost you $500. It will expire on July 1 of the year after you get it.

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Home Improvement Contractor's Certificate

If you'll be working in the home improvement field, you must get a certificate of registration with the state. To get an application for the certificate, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.state.ct.us/dcp

The application is available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446460

The certificate will cost you $160, or less, depending on how late in the year you get it. Certificates expire the last day of November each year. You'll also have to pay $100 every year to the Home Improvement Guaranty Fund and you may be required to post a bond.

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New Home Construction Contractor's Certificate

Anyone who engages in new home building or offers new home building services must have a valid certificate of registration. Contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp

The certificate of registration will cost you $120. You will also have to pay a guaranty fund fee of $480. Registration is biennial. 

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Electrician's Licenses

To do electrical work in Connecticut you need a license. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
Occupational & Professional Licensing Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.state.ct.us/dcp

Applications are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446430

The Department issues several types of licenses which all require you to pass an exam. Generally you need to have two years of experience as a Connecticut licensed journeyman or Department-approved equivalent to apply for a contractor exam. To take the journeyman exam you need to complete an apprenticeship program or Department-approved equivalent. Here are the types of electrical licenses the Department issues:

Unlimited contractor Limited low voltage journeyman
Unlimited journeyman Limited telephone interconnect contractor
Limited contractor Limited telephone interconnect journeyman
Limited journeyman Limited line construction contractor
Limited low voltage contractor Limited line construction journeyman

The electrical exams are open book, using the National Electrical Code. To get a contractor license you must pass a trade exam and a business and law exam. The exams are given by PSI Exams. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

The business and law exam is open book and based on material from NASCLA Business and Project Management, CT Edition. You can buy this book from PSI for $56.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Electrician's license fees: Each exam portion is $62. It'll cost you $75 nonrefundable to file an application for a contractor license. It's $45 nonrefundable for the journeyman application. Licenses expire September 30th each year.

Licenses expire September 30 each year.

Connecticut currently has no reciprocity agreements with other states for electrical licenses.

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Elevator Installation, Repair and Maintenance Licenses

To do elevator installation, repair or maintenance in Connecticut you need a license. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp 

Applications are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446430

The Department issues four types of licenses which all require you to pass an exam. Generally you need to have two years of experience as a Connecticut licensed journeyman or Department-approved equivalent to apply for a contractor exam. To take the journeyman exam you need to complete an apprenticeship program or Department-approved equivalent. Here are the types of elevator licenses the Department issues:

Unlimited contractor Accessibility contractor
Unlimited journeyman Accessibility journeyman

The exams are given by PSI Exams. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

To get a contractor license you must pass a trade exam and a business and law exam. The business and law exam is open book and based on material from NASCLA Business and Project Management, CT Edition. You can buy this book from PSI for $56. All the journeyman exam questions test your trade knowledge. The exams are open-code book.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Elevator installation, repair and maintenance license fees: Each exam portion is $62. It will cost you $75 nonrefundable to file an application for a contractor license. It's $45 nonrefundable for the journeyman application. Licenses expire August 31 each year.

Connecticut currently has no reciprocity agreements with other states for elevator licenses.

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Fire Protection Sprinkler System Licenses

To do fire sprinkler system installation, repair, or maintenance in Connecticut you need a license. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp

Applications are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446430

The Department issues unlimited and limited contractor and journeyman licenses. You need to pass an exam for any license. Generally you need to have two years of experience as a Connecticut licensed journeyman or Department-approved equivalent to apply for a contractor exam. To take the journeyman exam you need to complete an apprenticeship program or Department-approved equivalent.

The exams are given by PSI Exams. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

To get a contractor license you must pass a trade exam and a business and law exam. The business and law exam is open book and based on material from NASCLA Business and Project Management, CT Edition. You can buy this book from PSI for $56.

All the journeyman exam questions test your trade knowledge.

The exams use National Fire Protection Association Standards and the National Electrical Code as references.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Fire protection sprinkler system license fees: Each exam portion is $62. It will cost you $75 nonrefundable to file an application for a contractor license. It's $45 nonrefundable for the journeyman application. Licenses expire October 31 each year.

Connecticut currently has no reciprocity agreements with other states for fire sprinkler system licenses.

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Glazier/Flat Glass License

You need a license to install, maintain or repair glass in residential or commercial structures. The Department issues unlimited licenses for flat glass work. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp

Applications are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446430

To get a contractor license you must pass a trade exam and a business and law exam. The business and law exam is open book and based on material from NASCLA Business and Project Management, CT Edition. The exams are given by PSI Exams. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Glazier/Flat glass license fees: Each exam portion is $62. It will cost you $75 nonrefundable to file an application for a contractor license. It's $45 nonrefundable for the journeyman application. 

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Heating, Piping and Cooling Licenses

To do heating, piping and cooling work in Connecticut you need a license. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp

Applications are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446430

The Department issues unlimited and limited contractor and journeyman licenses for various heating, piping and cooling trades. You need to pass an exam for any license. Generally you need to have two years of experience as a Connecticut licensed journeyman or Department-approved equivalent to apply for a contractor exam. To take the journeyman exam you need to complete an apprenticeship program or Department-approved equivalent.

The exams are given by PSI Exams. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

To get a contractor license you must pass a trade exam and a business and law exam. The business and law exam is open book and based on material from NASCLA Business and Project Management, CT Edition. You can buy this book from PSI for $56. All the journeyman exam questions test your trade knowledge. There may also be questions on OSHA safety and health standards on the exams.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Heating, piping and cooling license fees: Each exam portion is $62. It will cost you $75 nonrefundable to file an application for a contractor license. It's $45 nonrefundable for the journeyman application. Licenses expire August 31 each year.

Connecticut currently has no reciprocity agreements with other states for heating, cooling and piping licenses.

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Plumbing and Piping Licenses

To do plumbing and piping work in Connecticut you need a license. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp

Applications are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446430

The Department issues several types of licenses which all require you to pass an exam. Generally you need to have two years of experience as a Connecticut licensed journeyman or Department-approved equivalent to apply for a contractor exam. To take the journeyman exam you need to complete an apprenticeship program or Department-approved equivalent. Here are the types of plumbing and piping licenses the Department issues:

Unlimited contractor
Unlimited journeyman
Limited sewer, storm and water lines contractor
Limited sewer, storm and water lines journeyman
Limited gasoline tanks and pumping equipment contractor
Limited gasoline tanks and pumping equipment journeyman
Limited water pump and condition equipment contractor
Limited water pump and condition equipment journeyman
Limited lawn sprinkler contractor
Limited lawn sprinkler journeyman

The exams are given by PSI Exams. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

To get a contractor license you must pass a trade exam and a business and law exam. The business and law exam is open book and based on material from NASCLA Business and Project Management, CT Edition. You can buy this book from PSI for $56. All the journeyman exam questions test your trade knowledge.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Plumbing and piping license fees: Each exam portion is $62. It will cost you $75 nonrefundable to file an application for a contractor license. It's $45 nonrefundable for the journeyman application. Licenses expire October 31 each year.

Connecticut currently has no reciprocity agreements with other states for plumbing and piping licenses.

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Sheet Metal License

You need a license to install, erect, repair or alter duct work-systems. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp

The Department issues the following licenses:

Limited sheet metal contractor
Limited sheet metal contractor journeyman
Limited sheet metal residential/light commercial contractor
Limited sheet metal residential/light commercial journeyman
Limited sheet metal contractor hood systems
Limited sheet metal journeyman hood systems

Applications are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446430

To get a contractor license you must pass a trade exam and a business and law exam. The exams are given by PSI Exams. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

The business and law exam is open book and based on material from NASCLA Business and Project Management, CT Edition. You can buy this book from PSI for $56.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Sheet metal license fees: Each exam portion is $62. It will cost you $75 nonrefundable to file an application for a contractor license. It's $45 nonrefundable for the journeyman application. The license is good for one year.

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Well Drilling License

To do well drilling work in Connecticut you need a license. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp

Applications are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446430

The Department issues contractor and journeyman licenses limited to well water supply drilling and contractor, and journeyman licenses limited to non-water supply drilling licenses. You need to pass an exam for any license.

To apply for either contractor exam you must prove you have at least $300,000 of liability insurance ($100,000 per person), at least $100,000 of property damage insurance ($50,000 per accident), and three years well drilling experience. To take either journeyman exam you need to complete a three-year apprenticeship program or Department-approved equivalent.

The exams are given by PSI Exams. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

To get either contractor license you must pass a trade exam and a business and law exam. The business and law exam is open book and based on material from NASCLA Business and Project Management, CT Edition. You can buy this book from PSI for $56. For either journeyman license you only have to pass a trade exam.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Well drilling license fees: Each exam portion is $62. It will cost you $44 nonrefundable to file an application for a contractor or well driller license. Licenses expire April 30 each year.

Connecticut currently has no reciprocity agreements with other states for well drilling licenses.

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Spa and Pool Maintenance & Repair Work License

Contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Consumer Protection
License Services Division
165 Capitol Avenue, Room 147
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 713-6000
http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp

Applications are available online at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1622&q=446430

To get a contractor license you must pass a trade exam and a business and law exam. The exams are given by PSI Exams. You can contact them at:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) PSI Examination Services
3210 E. Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(800) 733-9267
http://www.psiexams.com

The business and law exam is open book and based on material from NASCLA Business and Project Management, CT Edition. You can buy this book from PSI for $56.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Spa and pool maintenance & repair work license fees: Each exam portion is $62. Licenses expire October 31st each year.

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Department of Transportation ( DOT)

You must be prequalified to bid on Connecticut Department of Transportation work. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) State of Connecticut
Department of Transportation
2800 Berlin Turnpike
P.O. Box 317546
Newington, CT 06131-7546
(860) 594-3123
http://www.ct.gov/dot/site/default.asp

Some of the details the Department will ask you about are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You'll also be asked what types of work your company wants to be prequalified in. Here are the types of work the Department uses:

Earthwork Traffic control, illumination
Roadway subsurface, surface treatment Railroad
Bridge structures Incidental construction
Vertical construction Other

You need to file for prequalification at least 30 days before bidding on a project. Prequalification is good for up to 16 months. You also need to file again if there's a significant change in the structure of your company.

You must also get a certification of registration in good standing with the Connecticut Secretary of State. See below for information on how to contact them.

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Out-of-State Corporations

Any out-of-state corporation must get a Certificate of Authority for Out-of-State Corporation from the Connecticut Secretary of State. To apply for this certificate, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Secretary of State for Connecticut
30 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 509-6002
http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/site/default.asp

The application is available online at http://www.sots.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3177&q=392124.

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