Texas Contractor License

Texas Contractor License

If you are a handyman, builder, etc., and want to work legally in Texas, you need a texas Contractor License.

In Texas, like any other state, you will go through some simple steps to obtain a license. You must meet the requirements as well as pay the fees. You may be asked to pay liability insurance coverage as well.

Texas Contractor License Requirements

In order to get a Texas Contractor License, you need to apply to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Before it, however, you must first register your business.

Whenever you decide to start your application, you must meet the following requirements:

  • First, you must meet the educational criteria
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Then, get your insurance
  • Fill in the application form
  • Take your license exam

You must as well pay $115 to obtain a license.

Note that in Texas, contractors who don’t have any license can as well do an unlimited amount of work.

Before you apply for a contractor license in Texas you must first find out what type of license you actually need. Texas offers these types of licenses:

  • Electrical contractors and HVACs need to apply for a TDLR license
  • Plumbing contractors need to apply for the TSBPE license
  • If you want to become a general contractor, you should not apply for a license. General Contractors are given their licenses from their local government.

So if you’ve decided on your license type, check the requirements for each type.

General Contractors

In Texas, General contractors need to get a local license. So, the requirements for General Contractors License are the following:

  • Experience or Education Proof
  • License Exam for contractors
  • Application  for a license
  • Fee
  • License bond
  • Liability and/or workers’ insurance

HVAC contractors

In Texas, there are two types of HVAC contractor licenses:

  • Those who obtain a Class A license can work on any size units
  • Class B licensees can work on cooling and heating systems

Thus, if you need an HVAC license you must take the following steps:

  • First, you must have educational or experience background
  • Secondly, you must get your insurance
  • You will also need to complete the application form and pay $115 Fee
  • Finally, you must pass Your License Exam

Electrical Contractors

To obtain a Texas electrical license, you must first:

  • Get your liability insurance
  • Obtain your compensation insurance.
  • Fill in the complete application form
  • You will need to pay $110 as well as an application fee.

License Bond

In Texas, people who apply for a municipal license will need a license bond. The license bond is to be sure that you will do your job on time and without scams. The cost of such a bond may vary depending on where you live. Generally, it is between $5,000 and $25,000.

You will need to pay some percent of your bond in advance.

Texas Contractor License Renewal

Generally, all types of licenses are valid for a year in Texas.

Before you apply to renew your license, you will need to pass a continuing education course. For General Contractors, the date can be different. It is based on the city they work in.

And, sure, you will have to pay $110 to renew your license.

Amalik B

Amalik B

Amalik is a junior content writer. She has graduated from YSU as a pedagogy philologist of the French language. During a year of her experience as a content writer, Amalik has written content for several websites and took part in some social media campaigns. Since 2017, she has been a volunteer in PAVU being an interpreter in various events. Nowadays she is also volunteering in Children of Regions, and in the frames of some projects teaches English and French.


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