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Montana State Licensing Requirements

Construction contractors and subcontractors with employees and projects valued at $2,500 or more must register.  A construction contractor is anyone who adds to or takes away from a structure, highway, road, railroad, excavation, project development or improvements attached to real estate.

How do I get registered as a contractor in Montana?

Applications and information for contractor registration may be obtained from:

Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Construction Contractor Registration Unit
P.O. Box 8011
Helena, MT  59607
Phone:  (406) 444-7734
Fax:  (406) 444-3465

Must also include the $53 fee and proof of Worker’s Compensation coverage with the application for registration.

Also contact your county or local municipality for regulations

Are there any Education, Exam or Experience requirements to get my Montana Contractors License?

No, not at the state level at this time.  Also check your local county/city regulations. 

Is contractor continued education required in Montana?

No, not on the state level.  The Construction Contractor Registration is good for 2 years.

Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in Montana?


Does Montana require a General contractor (commercial contractor) license? 

Montana requires contractors with employees to register.  Also check with county and local municipality for regulations

Reciprocity with other states?

Montana’s workers’ compensation law does not allow coverage from other states’ workers compensation plans in the construction industry.  When you come to work in Montana, you must have a workers’ compensation policy specific to Montana.  Construction companies with “Bid Only” certificates must upgrade their registration to “Employer” status before they can have employees working in Montana.


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