SOUTH CAROLINA CONTRACTOR FAQs

A license is required for residential building over $200 and commercial building over $5,000.

At least one-year experience verification signed by a residential builder or general contractor is required.

  • The South Carolina Contractor License Exam courses take approximately 8 hours each, but we move rapidly through the materials.  For a thorough review, you may want to allow twice that amount of time.
  • The NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor Course should take at least 24-30 hours.

Once you register, you have up to 6 months before your course is deactivated.  If you need longer, just give us a call and we can arrange an extension.

To become licensed as a home builder in South Carolina, you are required to:

  • Step One – File a written application as required by the Commission.
  • Step Two – Submit a certified check, cashiers check or money order for $100 for the application fee.
  • Step Three – Submit an affidavit showing proof of at least one year actual experience under the supervision of a licensed builder.
  • Step Four – Pass an examination given by PSI
  • Step Five – Pay a $160 license fee (certified check or money order) and provide proper financial responsibility.

A license may be granted without examination to those builders in good standing in other states deemed by the Commission to have comparable exams.

The license must be renewed every 2 years.

Residential contractors may obtain licensing information from the following:

Residential Builders Commission
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia SC 29211
Web site: llr.state.sc.us/pol/residentialbuilders
Phone: (803) 896-4696
Fax: (803) 896-4696
  • Step One – Send your Examination Registration Form to PSI along with the correct payment for the examination.
  • Step Two – After approval by PSI, you will be sent a Registration Confirmation Notice advising you of the 1-year eligibility to take the examination.
  • Step Three – Prepare for the examination by using the examination outline in the Candidate Information Bulletin and the suggested study materials that cover the outline topics.
  • Step Four – Be sure to take proper identification with you to your scheduled examination appointment.
  • Final Step – Upon passing the examination, you may then submit your commercial license application to the SC Contractors’ Licensing Board.

General contractors may obtain licensing information from the following:

General Contractor Licensing Board
Street Address:
Synergy Business Park
Kingstree Building
110 Centerview Dr.
Columbia, S.C. 29210

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 11329
Columbia, S.C. 29211

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Phone:  (803) 896-4686
Email:  cllbhelp@llr.sc.gov
Website:  llr.state.sc.us/POL/Contractors/

There are no continuing education credits needed at this time.

The Residential Builders License is renewable every two (2) years, before June 30, of each even year (2012, 2014, 2016, etc)

Yes!

When you pass the NASCLA Accredited Examination for Commercial General Building Contractors, you will be listed in the NASCLA National Examination Database. You will then have this information available for the following states which accept the NASCLA Accredited Examination: AL, AR, GA, LA, MS, NV, NC, OR, SC, TN, UT, US Virgin Islands, VA, and WV. You may also need to take each states’ specific business/law/project management exam in addition to the NASCLA exam.

Information is continually added and updated. Please check back

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