Important Information about Reciprocity Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors

Department of Examinations and Assessment
Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
Important Information
about Reciprocity
Reciprocity
Reciprocity agreements between the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors and other Boards allow
a contractor to receive credit in Louisiana for approved classifications held with the reciprocal Board without
taking the Louisiana trade exam. Reciprocity also allows a company to be exempted from the 60-day waiting
period for out-of-state contractors. Contractors seeking reciprocity with any Board must apply for that
Board’s license. (Please see the map of the US and chart on the following pages to see which states Louisiana
has reciprocity agreements with and for which classifications). Reciprocity agreements also allow a Louisiana
licensed contractor to receive credit with the reciprocal Board for examinations for classifications held in
Louisiana.
Requirements to apply for Reciprocity in Louisiana from another state
The firm must:
1. be originally incorporated (i.e., chartered) in the reciprocal state, or the owner(s) must be resident(s)
thereof.
2. have held a license in the reciprocal state for at least three years (except for Texas, for which there is currently
no minimum time period).
3. not have been sanctioned by the Board of the reciprocal state for the past three years for violations of
their contractor licensing laws.
4. meet all other requirements for licensure by the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.
How to apply for a Louisiana license using Reciprocity
1.
Submit:
a. a completed, signed and notarized Commercial and/or Residential Application. Download the
application from our website at http://www.lacontractor.org/commercial.htm .
b. a completed, signed and notarized financial statement for the company seeking a license in Louisiana.
c. the Qualifying Party form(s) for the person(s) who will qualify the company for the requested
classifications.
2.
Remit all of the required application and examination fees. A fee schedule can be found at
http://www.lacontractor.org/fee_schedule.html.
3.
Send a “Request for Verification of License” form found on the last page of this document to the reciprocal state
in which you are currently licensed.
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After applying for reciprocity in Louisiana
Once we have received all required documents and fees, your reciprocity request will be considered by the
Board at the next available Board Meeting. If approved by the Board, you will not have to take the Trade
exam, and/or the 60-day waiting period for out-of-state contractors will be exempted.
Reciprocity and the Business and Law exam
If you have met all reciprocity requirements, the Examinations section will send a Laws, Rules, and Regulations exam
to be completed by the Qualifying Party.
For more information about reciprocity for applicants for a Louisiana license , contact
Tarah Barbier
Applications/Examinations Department
1-800-256-1392, or 225-765-2301, extension 240, or [email protected] .
[email protected]_________________________________
How a Louisiana Contractor can receive reciprocal status with other states
(Verification of License)
1.
Submit the appropriate license application to the reciprocal Board in the other state.
2.
Find out from the reciprocal Board their rules for reciprocal credit for examinations.
3.
Obtain from the reciprocal Board or its website the appropriate verification form to be used to
apply for reciprocal status.
4.
Submit the other Board’s verification form to the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
to be filled out. Include a note indicating what address you would like the form sent to.
5.
Send the form with an $85 processing/research fee.
If paying by credit card, email the following information to [email protected]
Type of Card (e.g., VISA, MasterCard, American Express) and Account Number
Expiration Date of the Card
Security Code (usually found on the back of the card)
Address of the Card Holder
If paying by check or money order, send the form and fee to:
Paula Lamotte
Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
2525 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
For Verification of License questions, contact Paula Lamotte: 1-800-256-1392, extension 227
[email protected]
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States with which the
LOUISIANA STATE LICENSING BOARD FOR CONTRACTORS
holds reciprocity agreements
with one or more licensing boards (light blue)
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Exam reciprocity with other States
The LSLBC has reciprocity agreements with the following states/boards. Reciprocity is generally an endorsement by each
Board of the other Board’s exams. The qualifying party who has taken an exam for a license given by one Board can receive
credit for the examination by the other Board. Contractors from reciprocity states can have their qualifying party receive
credit for exams for equivalent classifications and can be exempted for the 60-day waiting period provided:
1.
2.
3.
4.
They are originally incorporated in the reciprocal state, or residents thereof.
They have held a license in the reciprocal state in which they are domiciled for at least three years (this is true for all
states with which we have reciprocity except for Texas, with which we currently have no minimum time period.
They have not been sanctioned for violations by the Board of the reciprocal state for the past three years.
They meet all other requirements for licensure by the Board.
Business
& Law *
Board
Credit Given For:
Major
Specialties
Classification
Electrical
Mechanical
Alabama Licensing Board for General Contractors
Yes
All
All
1
Yes
Alabama Board of Heating & Air Conditioning Contractors
Yes
1
HVAC
1
1
Alabama Electrical Contractors Board
Yes
1
1
Yes
1
Alabama Home Builders Licensure Board
Yes
Residential
Contractor
1
1
1
Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board
Yes
All
1
1
Georgia State Licensing Board for Residential and General
Contractors
Yes
All
Building
Construction,
Residential
Contractor
1
1
1
Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board, Division of
Conditioned Air Contractors
Yes
1
HVAC
1
1
Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board, Division of
Electrical Contractors
Yes
1
1
Yes
1
Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board, Division of
Utility Contractors
Yes
Municipal and
Public Works
Construction
1
1
1
Kentucky, Department of Housing, Buildings and
Construction
Yes
1
1
Yes
No
Mississippi Board of Contractors
Yes
All
All
Yes
Yes
North Carolina Board of Examiners of Electrical
Contractors
Yes
1
1
Yes
1
Ohio Construction Industry Licensing Board
Yes
1
Industrial
Piping, HVAC,
Refrigeration
Yes
Yes
South Carolina Contractor's Board
Yes
All
2
No
No
South Carolina Residential Builder’s Commission
Yes
Residential
Contractor
1
1
1
Tennessee Board for Licensing General Contractors
Yes
All
All
Yes
Yes
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
Yes
1
1
Yes
1
Utah Construction Trades Bureau Division of Occupational
& Professional Licensing
Yes
All
All
No
1
Virginia Board of Contractors
Yes
Building
Construction
1
Yes
Yes
Note:
The Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors accepts examination scores from the NASCLA (National Association of
State Contractors Licensing Agencies) Accredited National Building Construction Examination. Candidates with such scores
do not need to meet the normal reciprocity requirements for credit for Building Construction; however, they must still take
and pass the Louisiana Business and Law examination.
(1) The named Board does not give the exam(s) of this nature; therefore, we cannot reciprocate for that type of work.
(2) As of 3/22/2013, only the classifications of Concrete Bridges, Over and Under Passes; Earthwork, Drainage and Llevees; Filter
Plants & Water Purification; Industrial Pipe Work and Insulation; Permanent or Paved Highways and Streets (Concrete);
Permanent or Paved Highways and Streets (Soil Cement); Permanent or Paved Highways and Streets (Asphalt Surface
Treatment); Permanent or Paved Highways and Streets (Asphalt Hot and Cold Plant Mix); Pipe Work (Gas Lines); Pipe Work
(Sewer); Pipe Work (Storm Drains); Pipe Work (Water Lines); Steel Bridges, Over and Under Passes; Transmission Pipeline
Construction; Wood Bridges, Over and Under Passes.
Note: Applicants who qualify for reciprocity for the Business and Law examination must still take and pass an abbreviated
Law, Rules and Regulations examination.
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State of Louisiana
State Licensing Board for Contractors
2525 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 1-800-256-1392 Fax (225) 765-2362
REQUEST FOR VERIFICATION OF LICENSE
Instructions to Applicant: Complete the information in the section immediately below only and submit
this form to the Board for the state in which you are domiciled. Then return the original signed copy of this
form to the address above, along with the completed Commercial and/or Residential Application.
TO BE FILLED OUT BY APPLICANT
Company Name/Individual Name:
Address:
Telephone #:
Name of Contact:
City:
Fax #:
State:
Zip Code:
E-Mail Address:
VERIFICATION OF LICENSE
Instructions for Verifying State: The above named applicant has submitted an application for a contractor’s license with this
Board. Please complete the following and return this form to the applicant. If additional space is needed, please use additional pages.
Company/Individual Name: ________________________________________________________________________
License # _________ Type of Firm: Corporation _____
LLC _____ Partnership _____ Sole Proprietor_____
Original Issuance Date: _________ Expiration Date: __________ Current Status(Current/Inactive/Expired)
__________
If Sole Proprietor/Partnership, State of Primary Residence: _______ If Corp./LLC, State of Original Incorporation
________
Disciplinary Action? Yes_____ No _____ If Yes, Please Explain:
Classification(s) Held:
Legal Name of EACH Person Passing Business and Law Exam
in your state for this company
Legal Name of EACH Person Passing
Trade Exam in your state for this company
Date
Passed
Score
Trade Exams Passed
Classification
Date
Passed
Exam Type
(e.g. NAI, PSI,
In-House)
Score
Signature: _________________________ Title: ________________________ Date:_______
Agency:____________________________________________ Telephone #: _____________
For Internal Use Only
Approval (Initials): 60 days______ Bus./Law (Send 7-902) _____
Trade Exam(s): ______________________________________________________Initials_______
Date: ____________ Exemption Disapproved (Initials) _______
STATE
SEAL
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