The Board for Contractors licenses businesses engaged in the construction, removal, repair, or improvement of facilities on property owned by others. Contractor licenses consist of two parts: the class of license (A, B, or C), which determines the monetary value of contracts/projects that may be performed, and the classification/specialty, which determines what type of work is allowed. The Board also regulates individual tradesmen. Visit the Tradesmen Program webpage.
General Information | Applicants & Licensees | Education Providers
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Applicants must read and understand the Board for Contractors Regulations (PDF).
DPOR Boards only accept the most recent versions of the applications provided below. DPOR Boards are not responsible for processing delays associated with forms that do not conform to this requirement.Need help opening, viewing or printing? Troubleshooting resources available here.
Application fees are not refundable.
The Virginia Regulatory Town Hall provides access to the board's meeting schedule, agendas, and past meeting minutes.
Visit the Town Hall: http://www.townhall.virginia.gov/L/viewboard.cfm?boardid=10&display=meetings
Pre-License Education | Remedial Education | Education Providers | Examinations
Important Notice: New Exam Requirement for Certain Contractors
In order to become licensed as a Contractor (Class A, Class B, or Class C), applicants must complete eight hours of pre-license education. For Class A and Class B applicants, the pre-license education must be completed by a member of responsible management or the designated employee. For Class C applicants, a member of responsible management must complete the pre-license education. Pre-license education is required for all new contractor licenses, and is a separate requirement from the Class A and Class B examinations.
The pre-license education course is a basic business course that covers relevant regulations, statutes, and requirements that are necessary for every business owner. The course is not specific to any particular classification or specialty. A Board-approved advanced contractor class will also meet the requirements for the pre-license education course.
The Board may order licensed contractors to complete remedial education as part of a disciplinary or consent order.
The Board for Contractor's Committee is responsible for reviewing applications from education providers seeking board approval. Listed below are the 2012 deadlines for submission of correct and complete school/course applications for consideration by the Committee and approval by the Board. The date of receipt by the Board office determines whether the application materials were received by the deadline.
All Committee meetings start at 2:00 p.m., and are held at the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, 9960 Mayland Drive, Second Floor, Richmond, Virginia 23233.
Successful completion of the examination is required before applying for licensure.
View PSI Candidate Information Bulletins (CIBs):
Step-by-Step Guide to Contractor Licensure
If you have a question regarding licensing issues, renewal, application status, etc., please contact the Licensing Section at (804) 367-8511. If you have a question regarding continuing education providers, how to become a provider, or other questions relating to education, please contact the Education Section at (804) 367-2224.
Additionally, if you have information that you would like to mail to the Board, please send it to:Board for ContractorsDepartment of Professional and Occupational Regulation9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400Richmond, VA 23233
No. The Board members do not work in the Board office. They come into the Board offices for Board meetings and hearings, but are not here on a daily basis.
Board office staff members can answer your questions and are trained to process all information that comes into the Board office. Please do not contact Board members directly.
Please complete the Certification Request Form and send it with a check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia. Specify where you would like the certification to be mailed.
Contact the Regulatory Programs and Compliance Section.
No earlier than 60 days prior to your license expiration, send in the renewal fee, make checks payable to the Treasurer of Virginia, and include your license number on your check. Mail this information to:Board for ContractorsDepartment of Professional & Occupational Regulation9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400Richmond, VA 23233
You CANNOT continue to practice in Virginia after your license has expired.
No. The Board's regulations allow a 30-day grace period in which a license may be renewed without penalty (therefore, your payment is actually 31 days late). Staff cannot waive the fee.
Board regulations state that if the requirements for renewal of a license, including receipt of the fee by the board, are not complete within 30 days of the expiration date, a reinstatement fee is required.
Once your license expires, you no longer have a license to engage in contracting. The grace period is not a license extension, but only an additional 30 days to complete your renewal and submit payment without having to pay the reinstatement fee.
Yes. Board regulations state that failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the licensee of the obligation to renew.
The date the application or renewal was received in the agency determines whether it is on time, not the postmark date. If the renewal fee is received after the due date, you will be required to pay the reinstatement fee. If the reinstatement fee is received after the due date, you will be required to reapply for licensure, meeting all current requirements.
Complete, print, sign, and submit a Name/Address Change Form to the Board office. All address changes must be received by the Board in writing. When providing a post office box as the mailing address, it must be accompanied by the physical address.
Eric L. Olson
Board members are appointed by the Governor. To learn more about the gubernatorial appointment process, visit the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website.
DPOR stands ready to assist veterans and active-duty military personnel as they maintain or transition to civilian careers requiring professional credentials.
Veterans and active-duty military personnel are eligible to receive up to a five-year extension for meeting license renewal requirements (pursuant to Section 54.1-117 of the Code of Virginia).
Spouses of active-duty military personnel assigned to a duty station in Virginia are eligible for expedited processing using the Military Spouse Expedited License Application (PDF).
In addition, the Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs may reimburse the cost of veterans´ examinations.
Who Is Eligible to File a Claim? | Limitations | Revocation of License | Source of Funding | Frequently Asked Questions | Claim Form and Instructions
The Virginia Contractor Transaction Recovery Act provides relief to eligible consumers who have incurred losses through the improper or dishonest conduct of a licensed contractor. The Recovery Fund is supported entirely by assessments paid by licensed contractors, not by any tax revenues. Filing a claim does not guarantee payment.
A person who has been awarded a judgment in a court of competent jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia against a licensed contractor may be eligible to file a claim. The court judgment must be obtained against an entity licensed by the Board for Contractors and must be based upon the improper or dishonest conduct of the contractor. Any language in the judgment supporting the conclusion that the court found the conduct of the licensed contractor involved improper or dishonest conduct may be used by the Board to determine eligibility for recovery from the Fund.
In situations where the the licensed contractor has filed bankruptcy, the claimant must first file a claim with the proper bankruptcy court. If no distribution is made, the claimant may then file a Recovery Fund claim with the Board. The Board will determine whether the conduct was improper and dishonest and what amount, if any, such claimant is entitled to recover from the Fund.
The contractor must have been licensed during the period in which the improper or dishonest conduct occurred. The contract between the consumer and the contractor must involve contracting for the consumer's residence located in Virginia.
State law prohibits the following from filing a Recovery Fund claim:
Please note, the General Assembly, not the Board for Contractors, establishes eligibility criteria for the Recovery Fund.
State law limits a single Recovery Fund claim to $20,000. Multiple claims involving the same contractor are limited to $40,000 per biennium. If multiple claims involving one contractor exceed $40,000, the claim amounts must be prorated. If there is reason to believe there will be multiple claims involving one contractor, payment of claims will be delayed for a period not to exceed one year.
The Recovery Fund does not pay interest, punitive damages, exemplary damages, or any amounts that do not constitute actual monetary loss to the claimant. However, the award may include attorney's fees and court costs.
When a payment involving a contractor is made from the Recovery Fund, in most cases, the contractor's license is automatically revoked. Any contractor whose license is revoked shall not be eligible to apply for a license as a contractor until the amount paid from the Recovery Fund is repaid in full, plus interest. The Board for Contractors may also take further disciplinary action against the contractor. However, any disciplinary action taken against the licensee by the Board for Contractors does not satisfy any statutory requirements to support a Recovery Fund claim.
The Contractor Transaction Recovery Fund is not funded by any tax revenues. All administrative costs and claims are funded with assessments paid by contractors.
This decision is entirely up to the claimant. While some claimants choose to be represented by an attorney in their claim, it is not necessary in order to file a claim. If the claimant is represented by an attorney, the DPOR staff will contact that attorney directly with regard to the claim. Attorney fees may be recoverable from the Fund.
Once a claim has been received by DPOR, staff will review the file to determine whether the claimant meets the eligibility requirements established by state law (Section 54.1-1120 of the Code of Virginia). If the claimant is eligible, staff will notify the licensed contractor of the pending claim. The contractor is given 30 days to respond to the allegations contained in the claim. If the licensed contractor fails to respond, your claim file along with a recommendation for payment will be reviewed by the full Board at a regularly scheduled meeting, where the Board will make a final decision on whether to approve the claim and for what amount.
If questions concerning actual monetary loss or eligibility of the claim exist, staff will serve copies of the claim form and all attachments on the claimant and the licensed contractor alleged to be the cause of the eligible, reimbursable loss. Then, staff will schedule an Informal Fact-Finding (IFF) Conference, with a Board member presiding over the administrative proceeding. At the IFF Conference, the claimant will appear and present information regarding the claim.
The purpose and focus of the IFF Conference is to determine the actual loss the claimant incurred as a result of the actions of the licensed contractor and/or any eligibility issues involved. Only the actual loss, along with attorney fees and court costs, will be considered. Special damages, consequential damages, punitive damages, etc. will not be considered. The Board member may ask questions about the claim and the information provided. Following the presentation of this information, the Board member makes a recommendation as to the amount of monetary relief, if any, to approve. The recommendation and claim file is then reviewed by the full Board at a regularly scheduled meeting, where the Board makes the final decision on whether to approve the claim and for what amount.
It is difficult to state a general time frame because each claim is different. Factors affecting the process include whether all required documentation is included with the claim form, if the civil action has been completed, and how much difficulty the Board has in serving the claim on the licensed contractor. IFF Conferences are normally held monthly to hear Recovery Fund claims, and the Board itself meets approximately every six weeks to review the recommendations. Claimants should be aware that obtaining assistance from the Recovery Fund is not a swift process in most cases, and occurs only after all other civil legal remedies are exhausted.
When the consumer takes any legal action against a contractor, the Clerk of Court should be notified that the Board for Contractors must also receive a copy of the notice served on the licensee. An affidavit stating the acts of improper or dishonest conduct of the licensee should be included with the notice given to the Board.
After the consumer obtains a judgment from a court, the consumer must attempt to collect from the licensee by conducting debtor interrogatories. This legal action determines whether the licensee has any assets which can be sold or applied to satisfy the court judgment. If any assets are revealed by the interrogatories, the consumer must provide evidence that all legally available actions have been taken to sell the assets, and disclose amounts realized from such actions.
A Contractor Recovery Fund Claim Form must be filed with the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) within 12 months after the judgment is final. Please attach a certified copy of the judgment order, copies of all pleadings filed by either party (if any), a copy of the contract, a notarized affidavit stating the acts of improper or dishonest conduct by the licensee which form the basis of this claim, and evidence that debtor interrogatories were conducted (which should include the front and back of the summons for interrogatories).
Recovery Fund Office
Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400Richmond, VA 23233-1463
(8:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., Monday – Friday)Phone: (804) 367-1559E-mail: RecoveryFund@dpor.virginia.gov
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