How do I obtain a commercial contractor’s license or Certificate of Responsibility?
The first thing you will need to do is complete the commercial application. MSBOC can mail you an application or you can use the FORMS tab to the left to download and print the commercial application. Once you complete and return the application, MSBOC will forward a CANDIDATE INFORMATION BULLETIN to you. The CANDIDATE INFORMATION BULLETIN tells you how to schedule the exam, which books are allowed in the exam, and where you can purchase the books. Once MSBOC has received the completed application with all required attachments and passing exam scores, the application will be submitted to the Board for review and approval. Applications are processed on a weekly basis.
Is a Certificate of Responsibility the same as a commercial license?
Yes, a Certificate of Responsibility is the official name for a commercial license.
How do I add a classification to my license?
You have to fill out an additional class form and pay $100.00 for each additional class you add to your license. Use the FORMS tab to the left to access the Additional Classification form. MSBOC will provide testing information, if testing is required.
How do I know if I need a commercial license?
If you are performing work over $50,000.00 on a commercial job you need a commercial contractor’s license. For anything that falls below that amount you need to contact the city or county where the job is located to inquire about the local requirements.
When do I need a Residential license?
If you are performing Residential Remodeling or Roofing over $10,000 you will need a Residential Remodeling or Roofing license from MSBOC. If you are performing Residential Building over $50,000 you will need a Residential Builder license from MSBOC. If you are performing residential electrical, plumbing, or HVAC work less than $10,000, a state license is not required, but you must contact the local building official or permit office regarding their requirements.
Do I have to have a Mississippi Sales Tax #?
If you are applying for a commercial license, you must have a Mississippi Sales Tax number or Use Tax number in order to get a commercial license. If you are applying for a residential license, you must furnish a Mississippi Income Tax I.D. Number or Federal Tax I.D. Number or a Social Security Number. To obtain a number you may contact the MS Department of Revenue at (601) 923-7000 or visit www.dor.ms.gov.
How do I change the name of my company?
If the entity is not changing (for example Johnson Inc. changes to JMR Inc.) you can get an amended certificate of authority from the Secretary of State’s office. Attach proof of this amendment to our name change form and send it in with the $50 name change fee. If the entity is changing (for example an LLC changes to a corporation or an individual to a corporation) a new application is required. If the qualifier (the person who took the exam) is still with the company no new test is required. You simply complete the new application with everything in the new entity name (insurance, financial, tax numbers, etc.) and attach a letter explaining the change, listing your old license number and state that the qualifier is the same. We will pull your test scores from your old file.
Are there any exam prep courses offered?
The following companies offer prep courses for contractors taking the PSI exams:
American Contractors 1-800-992-1910
Mississippi Contractor Licensing Service 1-800-432-9930
Builders License Training Institute 1-800-727-7104
If I have a Residential Builders license can I do commercial work?
Residential license holders are allowed to work on commercial projects provided the job does not exceed 7500 square feet and three (3) floors in height.
Who can take the exam for the company? Can there be more than one qualifier?
Any officer or managing employee can take the exam. You can have more than one qualifier and different qualifiers for different classifications. A qualifying party may serve no more than three (3) separate entities as the qualifying party without first appearing before the board and being granted special permission.
What states do you reciprocate with and what exams can be waived?
If you have held a license for 3 consecutive years in one of our reciprocating states we will waive the TRADE exam only. You will still be required to take the Mississippi Business and Law exam.
Alabama General Board- waive everything but Mechanical & Plumbing (CAN GIVE HVAC)
Alabama Electrical Board
Alabama Heating and Air (MUST HAVE TAKEN THE AL EXAM)
Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board-waive all but any type of Mechanical (i.e. Plumbing, Boilers, Process Piping, HVAC) and Electrical Work
Georgia Board of Residential and General Contractors (MUST HAVE TAKEN THE GA EXAM)
Louisiana Licensing Board for Contractors- waives all but Mechanical or Electrical (CAN WAIVE HVAC BUT NOT MECH. OR PLUMBING) If the electrical exam was taken in LA we can waive it.
North Carolina Electrical Board
South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board- waive Building and Electrical only and they must have passed an exam given by either PSI, Experior, Block or NAI.
Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors
Board– waive Building and Electrical only and they must have passed an exam given by either PSI, Experior, Block or NAI.