How long does it take to get a general contractor license in California?

You should expect the CSLB to take several months (currently 3 to 4 months) to process your application.

How do I become a general contractor in California with no experience?

Here are six ways you can get a contractor license without experience:
  1. Partner with a responsible managing officer (RMO) or responsible managing employee (RME) …
  2. Get a grandfathered contractor license. …
  3. Get a waiver from the licensing board. …
  4. Create a company with a licensed contractor. …
  5. Gain experience. …
  6. Take training courses.

How hard is it to become a contractor in California?

Getting a Contractor’s license in California without any experience is not impossible, but it can be ethically questionable. A Contractor License is issued to a tradesman who has proven a certain level of experience and expertise. They are entrusted to deliver a standard of service to the consumer public.

What is an RMO license?

An RMO is a qualified individual that holds one or more contractor licenses. Sometimes referred to as an RMO License, Businesses in the state of California can elect to use an RMO or RME (Responsible Managing Employee) to certify their businesses to perform a construction trade.

How much does an RMO cost?

Initial Costs:

$530 is the CSLB Application and Initial License Fee. A License Bond will need to be purchased prior to the issuance of the license. RMO Construction Agency, Inc can help you obtain that bond.