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Oklahoma

Oklahoma doesn't license resident construction contractors, except in the electrical, mechanical and plumbing trades. But there are some special requirements for nonresident contractors.

If you're not a resident of Oklahoma, you must post a bond equal to three time the tax liability (or 10%) of any contract you get in the state. You also need an employer identification number from the Oklahoma Tax Commission and the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission.

maglass.gif (1144 bytes)To find out if an electrician, plumber, or mechanical contractor is licensed in Oklahoma, call (405) 271-5217.

To get an application for a non-resident contractor's license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Oklahoma Tax Commission
2501 Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73194
(405) 521-4437
http://oktax.state.ok.us/oktax/

The Oklahoma Business Registration Packet is available in Adobe PDF format at http://www.oktax.state.ok.us/oktax/oktax/btforms.html. Every month the Commission gives workshops (two and one-half hours each) at several locations to help you file the items you need to do business in the state.


Electrician's Licenses

You need a contractor or journeyman license to do electrical work in Oklahoma. To apply for a license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Oklahoma State Department of Health
Occupational Licensing Service
Electrical Division
1000 N. E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299
(405) 271-5217
http://www.cib.state.ok.us/

Electrical Contractor's License

You need to give proof of workers' compensation insurance, a $5,000 license bond, and $50,000 liability insurance to apply for a contractor's license. The Division will review your application and if you're eligible they'll send you information on the exam they require. To qualify for the electrical contractor's exam, you must have five years of electrical work experience. Two of the five years must be in commercial/industrial work. You can use up to two and one-half years of Division-approved education to fulfill the experience requirement.

Journeyman Electrician's License

To qualify for the journeyman's exam you must have four years of electrical work experience. Two of the four years must be in commercial/industrial work. You can use up to two years of Division-approved education to fulfill the experience requirement.

The exams are given by:

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

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Electrical contractor's license fees: The initial application fee and license will cost $225. A license is good for one year but all licenses expire on June 30 each year.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Journeyman's electrician's license fees: The initial application fee and license will cost $75. A license is good for one year but all licenses expire on June 30 each year.

Recommended Reading for the Electrical Exams

Business and Law

Oklahoma Electrical Industry Regulations, Oklahoma Code, Title 158, Chapter 40, 2004 Edition, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board, 2401 N.W. 23rd Street, Suite 5, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, http://www.cib.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Fine Schedule of the Construction Industries Board, Oklahoma Code, Title 158, Chapter 10, 2004 Edition, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board, 2401 N.W. 23rd Street, Suite 5, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, http://www.cib.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Act, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 85, 2004 Edition, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board, 2401 N.W. 23rd Street, Suite 5, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, http://www.cib.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Electrical License Ac t, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 59,Chapter 40A, 2004 Edition, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board, 2401 N.W. 23rd Street, Suite 5, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, http://www.cib.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Rules of the Workers’ Compensation Court, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 85, 2004 Edition, Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Court, ATTN: Publication Request, 1915 North Stiles, Oklahoma City, OK 73105, http://www.cib.state.ok.us

Oklahoma Lien Law, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 42, Chapter 3, 2003 Edition, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board, 2401 N.W. 23rd Street, Suite 5, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, http://www.cib.state.ok.us

Construction Management Guide: Basic Business and Project Management for Contractors, National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA), PO Box 14941, Scottsdale, AZ 85267, (480) 948-3363, http://www.nascla.org

Limited Electrical

NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code, 2005 Edition, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-9101, (800) 344- 3555, http://www.nfpa.org

Code of Federal Regulations Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954, (888) 293-6498, http://bookstore.gpo.gov./ --OR-- PSI OSHA Excerpts 2003, PSI, 3210 E Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89121, (800) 733-9267, http://www. psiexams.com

Ugly's Electrical References, George V. Hart, Sammie Hart, ISBN: 0-9623229-7-0, Burleson Distributing Corp., 3501 Oak Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77018, (800) 531-1660, http://www.uglyselectrical.com

Unlimited Electrical Journeyman

NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code, 2005 Edition, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-9101, (800) 344- 3555, http://www.nfpa.org

Code of Federal Regulations Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954, (888) 293-6498, http://bookstore.gpo.gov./ --OR-- PSI OSHA Excerpts 2003, PSI, 3210 E Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89121, (800) 733-9267, http://www. psiexams.com

Ugly's Electrical References, George V. Hart, Sammie Hart, ISBN: 0-9623229-7-0, Burleson Distributing Corp., 3501 Oak Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77018, (800) 531-1660, http://www.uglyselectrical.com

Residential Electrical Contractor

NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code, 2005 Edition, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-9101, (800) 344- 3555, http://www.nfpa.org

Code of Federal Regulations Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954, (888) 293-6498, http://bookstore.gpo.gov./ --OR-- PSI OSHA Excerpts 2003, PSI, 3210 E Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89121, (800) 733-9267, http://www. psiexams.com

Ugly's Electrical References, George V. Hart, Sammie Hart, ISBN: 0-9623229-7-0, Burleson Distributing Corp., 3501 Oak Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77018, (800) 531-1660, http://www.uglyselectrical.com

Residential Electrical Journeyman

NFPA 70 - National Electrical Code, 2005 Edition, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169-9101, (800) 344- 3555, http://www.nfpa.org

Code of Federal Regulations Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, PO Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954, (888) 293-6498, http://bookstore.gpo.gov./ --OR-- PSI OSHA Excerpts 2003, PSI, 3210 E Tropicana, Las Vegas, NV 89121, (800) 733-9267, http://www. psiexams.com

Ugly's Electrical References, George V. Hart, Sammie Hart, ISBN: 0-9623229-7-0, Burleson Distributing Corp., 3501 Oak Forest Drive, Houston, TX 77018, (800) 531-1660, http://www.uglyselectrical.com

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Mechanical Contractor and Journeyman Licenses

You need a license to do mechanical contracting work in Oklahoma. To apply for a license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Oklahoma State Department of Health
Occupational Licensing Service
Mechanical Division
1000 N. E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299
(405) 271-5217
http://www.cib.state.ok.us/

The Division issues mechanical contractor and journeyman licenses for these trades:

HVAC unlimited (over 25 tons and 500,000 Btu) Natural gas piping
HVAC limited (under 25 tons and 500,000 Btu or less) Sheet metal
Refrigeration Process piping

You have to pass exams to get any mechanical license. To qualify for a contractor's exam, you must have four years of work experience. To qualify for a journeyman's exam you must have three years of work experience.

The exams are given by:

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

Once you have passed the exam, in order to receive an active contractor's license, you need to give proof of workers' compensation insurance, a $5,000 license bond, and $50,000 liability. If you decide not to pay these, you will receive an inactive license. The inactive license functions the same as a journeyman's license.

Mechanical Contractor's License

For any contractor license you have to pass a business exam and a rules exam. The business exam has math questions on profits, overhead and discounts that you use to operate a business. It also has questions on lien laws, workers' compensation, taxes, and unemployment compensation. 

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Mechanical contractor's license fees: The mechanical contractor's exam and license costs $225. A license is good for one year but all licenses expire on June 30 each year.

Mechanical Trade Licenses

You'll also have to pass trade exams for a license.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Journeyman trade license fees: The journeyman trade exam and license costs $75. A license is good for one year but all licenses expire on June 30 each year.

Recommended Reading for the Mechanical Contractor's Exam

Business and Law

Oklahoma Fine Schedule of the Construction Industries Board, Oklahoma Code, Title 158, Chapter 10, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Oklahoma Worker's Compensation Act, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 85, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Oklahoma Rules of Workers' Compensation Court, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 85, Chapter 4, Appendix, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Oklahoma Mechanical Licensing Act, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 59, Chapter 43A, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Oklahoma Mechanical Industry Regulations, Oklahoma Code, Title 158, Chapter 50, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Oklahoma Lien Law, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 42, Chapter 3, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Natural Gas & Process Piping Contractor and Journeyman Exams

International Fuel Gas Code, International Code Council

International Mechanical Code, International Code Council

Facility Piping Systems Handbook, McGraw-Hill Publishing

Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, Delmar Publishing/Thomson Learning

HVACR Limited Contractor and Limited Journeyman Exams

International Mechanical Code, International Code Council

ACCA Ductulator (Duct Slide Rule), Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Trane Ductulator, Trane Company

Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards, Fifth Edition, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)

Code of Federal Regulations - Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office

Manual J - Residential Load Calculation, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology, W. D. Whitman and W. M. Johnson

Pipefitter's Handbook, Industrial Press, Inc.

HVACR Unlimited Contractor and Unlimited Journeyman Exams

International Mechanical Code, International Code Council

International Fuel Gas Code, International Code Council

ACCA Ductulator, (Duct Slide Rule), Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Trane Ductulator, Trane Company

Code of Federal Regulations - Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office

Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)

Carrier System Design Manual - Part III; Piping Design Carrier, Carrier Air Conditioning Company

Manual N - Commercial Load Calculation, Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Sheet Metal Contractor and Journeyman Exams

International Mechanical Code

NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, National Fire Protection Association

Fibrous Glass Duct Construction Standards, Fifth Edition, North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA)

Trane Ductulator, Trane Company

ACCA Ductulator (Duct Slide Rule), Air Conditioning Contractors of America

Code of Federal Regulations - Title 29, Part 1926 (OSHA), Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office

HVAC Duct Construction Standards - Metal and Flexible, SMACNA - Sheet Metal Air Conditioning Contractors National Association

Sheet Metal, American Technical Publishers (ATP)

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology, Delmar Publishing

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Plumber's Licenses

You need a license to do most plumbing work in Oklahoma. To apply for a license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Oklahoma State Department of Health
Occupational Licensing Department-0509
P.O. Box 268817
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-8817
(405) 271-5217
http://www.cib.state.ok.us/

The Division issues plumbing contractor and journeyman licenses. 

You have to pass an exam to get either license. To qualify for the plumbing contractor's exam, you must have four years of plumbing work experience. To qualify for the journeyman's exam you must have three years of plumbing work experience. The exam has written questions, drawings and/or charts, and a practical shop section. 

The exams are given by:

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

Once you have passed the exam, in order to receive an active contractor's license, you need to post a $5,000 bond. If you choose not to post a bond, you will receive an inactive license which functions the same as a journeyman's license.

fees.GIF (442 bytes)Plumber's license fees: The plumbing contractor exam and license costs $225. The journeyman exam and license costs $75. A license is good for one year but all licenses expire on June 30 each year.

Recommended Reading for the Plumbing Exam

Business and Law

Contractor's Reference Manual

Oklahoma Plumbing License Law of 1955, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 59, Chapter 27, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Oklahoma Plumbing Industry Regulations, Oklahoma Code, Title 158, Chapter 30, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Oklahoma Fine Schedule of the Construction Industries Board, Oklahoma Code, Title 158, Chapter 10, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Oklahoma Worker's Compensation Act, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 85, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Oklahoma Rules of the Workers' Compensation Court, Oklahoma Statutes, Title 85, Chapter 4, Appendix, Oklahoma Construction Industries Board

Plumbing Contractor and Gas

International Plumbing Code, International Code Council

International Fuel Gas Code, International Code Council

Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, Delmar Publishing/Thomson Learning

Modern Plumbing, Goodheart-Wilcox Company

OSHA Excerpts for Contractors

Plumbing Journeyman and Gas

International Plumbing Code, International Code Council

International Fuel Gas Code, International Code Council

Mathematics for Plumbers and Pipefitters, Delmar Publishing/Thomson Learning

Modern Plumbing, Goodheart-Wilcox Company

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Roofer's Licenses

You need a license to do roofing work in Oklahoma. To apply for a license, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Oklahoma State Department of Health
Occupational Licensing Department-0509
P.O. Box 268817
Oklahoma City, OK 73126-8817
(405) 271-5217
http://www.cib.state.ok.us/

The Division issues roofing, plumbing contractor and journeyman licenses.

To obtain a roofing license, the fee is $300 the following must be provided along with the application:

a. Certificate of General Liability Insurance

b. Certificate of Workers' Compensation, Self-Insurance, or Affidavit of Exemption

c. Certificate of Good Standing from Oklahoma Secretary of State (for Oklahoma domestic and registered foreign corporations, LLC's, limited partnerships)

d. Fictitious Name Report or Trade Name Report from Oklahoma Secretary of State

e. Two (2) passport style photos of the signatory applicant

f. Affidavit verifying lawful presence in the United States

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Department of Transportation (DOT)

Except for right-of-way clearance projects, county bridge projects, and a few special projects, you have to be prequalified to bid on Oklahoma Department of Transportation projects. To get an application, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Department of Transportation
200 21st Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-2561
Fax: (405) 522-1035
http://www.okladot.state.ok.us

Some of the details the Department will ask you about are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You'll be asked what type of work you want to be qualified for. Here are the types of work the Department uses:

Grading
Minor structure
Paving
Bridge
Traffic control, lighting
Other

You'll also be asked to appoint an Oklahoma resident who will be your agent for receipt of legal process. You must register with the Oklahoma Secretary of State as well.

Prequalification is good for up to 24 months from the date of final acceptance of your last project.

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Out-of-State Corporations

An out-of-state corporation needs to register with the Oklahoma Secretary of State to do business in the state. For information, contact:

contact.GIF (447 bytes) Office of the Secretary of State
State Capitol Building, Room 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-3911
Fax: (405) 521-3771
http://www.sos.state.ok.us

Forms are available online at http://www.sos.state.ok.us/forms/FORMS.HTM

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