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Who needs to be licensed in South Carolina?
A license is required for residential building over $200 and commercial building over $5,000.
At least one year experience verification signed by residential builder or general contractor is required.
How do I get my contractor license in South Carolina?
To become licensed as a home builder in South Carolina, you are required to:
• File a written application as required by the Commission.
• Submit a certified check, cashiers check or money order for $100 for the application fee.
• Submit an affidavit showing proof of at least one year actual experience under the supervision of a licensed builder.
• Pass an examination given by PSI
• 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: http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/residentialbuilders
Phone: (803) 896-4696
Fax: (803) 896-4696
What do I have to do to get my South Carolina contractors license?
Go to the Residential Builders website at www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/residentialbuilders click on Applications/Forms and then click on the Builder Application link and print the application form or contact the Residential Builders Commission at 803-896-4696 and request that an application form be mailed to you.
Submit the completed application form to the Residential Builders Commission along with the affidavit of one year of work experience (Section “C” of the application form) signed by a licensed residential builder or general contractor and a $100.00 application processing fee (certified check or money order) made payable to LLR- Residential Builders Commission.
All applications will be reviewed by the Residential Builders Commission staff for accuracy and completeness within seven (7) to ten (10) business days please allow this time before checking the status of your application online at the state website http://verify.llronline.com/ Click on the Check Your Application Status link and enter requested information. Any application that is incomplete or the social security number is not provided or it is incorrect will be returned to the applicant.
Once a Residential Builders application is approved by the Residential Builders Commission staff an Examination Eligibility Letter will be mailed to the applicant. Your Examination Eligibility is valid for one year and you are allowed only three (3) attempts to pass the Residential Builders exam within a twelve (12) month period. You must pass both the Business Management and Law Exam and the Residential Builders Exam.
The Residential Builders Exam and the Business Management and Law Exam are administered by PSI Examination Services (PSI) and every approved applicant will schedule his/her own exam and make payment (by certified check or money order) to PSI Examination Services. You may visit the PSI web site at www.psiexams.com for more information on their fees and exam services
How long does it take to complete the course?
- 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 for an extension.
Is contractor continued education required in South Carolina?
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)
Is the NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor license accepted in South Carolina?
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 this NASCLA Accredited Examination: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Does South Carolina require a General contractor (commercial contractor) license?