ALERT: Effective January 1, 2019
- New Contractor Rules have been approved. Click here to see rule update.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Have each licensed employer fill out and sign the Affidavit of Qualifying Experience found in the contractor application.
- Work experience needs to also be verified by W2s and when required tax returns.
- If licensing was not required where you worked, get at least four letters from building officials and/or suppliers that know the qualifier well enough to provide sufficient detail of his/her experience. These must be on their letterhead and contain the following items:
- Identify the applicant's qualifier by name.
- State how long (from year/month to year/month) they have known them to do construction work and who they did it for.
- From first hand knowledge, describe in detail the type of construction work the qualifier did and approximately how long (years, months, weeks, etc.) he/she worked.
The following classifications of the Utah Contractor license have examination requirements that must be fulfilled before applying. Exams are administered by DOPL's exam vendor, PSI Exams. Candidates can find general information about exam, including a printable exam registration form, in the Candidate Information Bulletin. Candidates can also register for exams online by creating a free account with PSI Exams. Refer to the exam content outlines for information such as:minimum passing score, time allowed, subject areas, and reference materials. PSI will automatically send exam results to DOPL.
B100 General Building Contractor
E100 General Engineering Contractor
R100 Residential and Small Commercial Contractor
- Residential and Small Commercial Contractor Exam (content outline)
- Utah Business and Law Exam (content outline)
E200 General Electrical Contractor and E201 Residential Electrical Contractor
- Utah Business and Law Exam (content outline)
NOTE: Applicants for these classifications must be licensed as a Master Electrician or Residential Master Electrician and pass this exam before applying.
P200 General Plumbing Contractor and P201 Residential Plumbing Contractor
- Utah Business and Law Exam (content outline)
NOTE: Applicants for these classifications must be licensed as a Master Plumber or Residential Master Plumber and pass this exam before applying.
Apply for a License
REQUIREMENTS – Before proceeding, the following requirements must be met:
- Have obtained a certificate of workers compensation insurance with DOPL as certificate holder.
- Have obtained a state withholding tax registration from the Utah State Tax Commission.
- Have obtained an unemployment registration from the Utah Department of Workforce Services.
Renew a License
- Licenses expire on November 30 of odd years.
- At least 60 days prior to the expiration date of a license, DOPL will mail a renewal notice to the licensee's address of record as provided to DOPL by the individual licensee. (Failure to notify DOPL of an address change could prevent a licensee from timely receiving renewal notification and other important correspondence from DOPL.)
- Renewal Fees — $113
REQUIREMENTS – Before proceeding with renewal, the following requirements must be met:
A Contractor Licensee is obligated to complete six hours of continuing education each licensing period. Three hours must be "core" education and the remaining three may be "core" or "professional" related. All courses must be approved by DOPL to be acceptable. See Rule R156-55a-303b for details.
Beginning with the 2017 renewal, no more than three hours may be taken online. At least three hours must be in a live seminar.
Continuing Education Providers MUST submit all courses to DOPL for approval. This can be done online at: https://secure.utah.gov/ce-provider
Contractors may search for courses that have been approved by DOPL at: https://secure.utah.gov/ce-public/
- Add or Replace Qualifier OR Add Classification Form
- Remove Qualifier / Qualifer Resignation Form
- Contractor Name Change or Add a DBA
- Surrender of License or Inactivation of License
- Surrender of Licensed Trade Classification
- Owner-Builder Certification Form
- Financial Review/Release of Bond Requirement
- Credit Report Authorization (Appendix E Form)
- Owner-Worker Status Report (Appendix F Form)
- Owner-Worker Registration Form (Appendix G Form)
- Endorsement Application Information
Update Your License Record
Legal Name Change
If your legal name has changed, you must verify the change by submitting a copy of a marriage certificate, divorce decree, court order, driver's license, or social security card to the Division. If you desire a reprint of your license reflecting the name change, you must also submit a $10 reprint fee with the request.
- EMAIL: email@example.com
- FAX: 801-530-6511
- MAIL: PO Box 146741, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741
Change of Address
You may update your address online.
Laws and Rules
- DOPL Licensing Act, 58-1 (05/08/2018)
- General Rule of the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing, R156-1. (04/09/2018)
- Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act, 58-55 (05/08/2018)
- Utah Construction Trades Licensing Act Rule, R156-55a (11/07/2017)
- Residence Lien Restriction and Lien Recovery Fund Act, 38-11 (05/09/2017)
- Residence Lien Restriction and Lien Recovery Fund Act Rules, R156-38a (09/09/2010)
- State Construction and Fire Codes Act, Title 15a (05/08/2018)
- State Construction Code Administration and Adoption of Approved State Construction Code Rule, R156-15A (09/26/2016)
Board Members event_seat=Chairperson
|Nathan Wilcox (Alarm System Security & Licensing Board Chair)||11/09/2017|
|Ross S. Holliday (Residential/Small Commercial Contractor)||01/25/2016||06/30/2019|
|Russell Lamoreaux (Electricians Board Chair)||07/01/2017||06/30/2019|
|Rob Allen (Plumbers Board Chair)||07/01/2017||06/30/2019|
|Edward Axley event_seat (General Building Contractor)||07/01/2016||06/30/2020|
|Dale E. Thompson (Public Member)||09/21/2015||06/30/2020|
|Merlin Taylor (Public Member)||01/03/2019||06/30/2021|
|Joseph Jenson (General Engineering Contractor)||02/20/2018||06/30/2022|
|Jason Peterson (Residential/Small Commercial Contractor)||07/01/2018||06/30/2022|
Upcoming Public Meetings
Past Public Meetings
- For general licensing questions call:
- (801) 530-6628
(866) 275-3675 Toll-Free in Utah
- Bureau Manager
- Chris Rogers — firstname.lastname@example.org
- Board Secretary
- Ann Naegelin — email@example.com
- Associated General Contractors
- National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies
- Residence Lien Recovery Fund
- Rocky Mountain Gas Association
- Salt Lake Home Builders Association
- Southern Utah Home Builders Association
- State of Utah Construction Registry
- Utah Home Builders Association
- Utah Valley Home Builders Association
Are you a veteran in crisis or concerned about one?
Contact the Veteran Crisis Line
Members of the armed forces and their families are often more affected than other groups by licensing restrictions because of frequent relocations to fulfill orders. To ease this burden, the Utah Legislature has authorized certain fee waivers and license exemptions for qualifying military personnel and military spouses.
License Fee Waivers
DOPL requires a processing fee for initial license applications. This fee varies by profession. The Utah Legislature has authorized initial license fee waivers for qualifying military service members. Full-time active duty service members should submit the fee waiver request form with their initial license application. Download the fee waiver request form here.
Qualifying licensees, who wish to maintain their license but who are not currently practicing in the profession, can apply for inactive status. In some cases, changing a license to inactive status will remove certain CE requirements. The Utah Legislature has authorized fee waivers for qualifying military service members who change their license to inactive status or who renew an inactive license. Please note that not all professions have inactive status as an option. To check if your profession has inactive license status, refer to Utah Administrative Rule R156-1-305. Full-time active duty service members can download the fee waiver request form for inactive status here.
Licensing for Military Spouses
Spouses of military service members stationed in Utah are permitted to work in licensed professions without obtaining a Utah license as long as they possess an active license from another state or territory of the United States. Since this benefit for military spouses is relatively new, you may need to explain to employers or the public who ask that your out-of-state license is valid because you are a spouse of an active duty service member. To help you, the Division has created a verification letter which you can show your employer or the public that explains this exemption. Download the verification letter here.
Are you struggling with PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts, or addiction?
The College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah provides free treatment for veterans, including: therapy sessions, workshops, and a two-week residential treatment program for veterans with PTSD in Park City. Learn more here.
The Utah Department of Veterans and Military Affairs (UDVMA) provides resources for veterans including education, employment, healthcare, and more. Learn more here.