North Carolina Contractors License Guide

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How To Get Your Contractors License In North Carolina

Work in North Carolina’s construction industry? Feel like it’s time to maximize your project opportunities? If so, you’ll need a North Carolina contractor’s license. That’s because you need a “General Contractor” license in North Carolina for any project that exceeds $30,000. Any electrical, plumbing, and HVAC projects will also require a license.

So, if you are ready to tackle bigger and more complex projects, now’s the time to get licensed! 

Each state has different licensing requirements and a unique process for obtaining a contractor’s license, which is why we’ve created this guide. To become a licensed contractor in 

North Carolina, you must first submit your application with the North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contactors for approval before sitting for the state-required exam. 

Our team here @HomePrep has helped students with North Carolina’s contractor licensing and renewals for years and created Building Contractor and Residential Contractor exam courses with everything you need to pass your exam(s) on the first try. 


License RequirementsContractors License Requirements

Per the North Carolina Licensing Board, certain eligibility requirements must be met to apply for licensure. These include:

  •     You must be at least 18 years old. 
  •     You must be of good moral character (as determined by the board). 
  •     You must provide evidence of good financial standing (see below).

Contractor ToolsWhich License Is Right For You?

After meeting the initial license requirements, you’ll need to decide which license is right for you, based on the amount of work you want to do:

Limited License – This licensure allows you to work on individual projects up to $500,000 each. Applicants may not exceed their total liabilities by $17,000. 

Intermediate License: This licensure lets you work on individual projects up to $1,000,000 each. Applicants must show that they do not exceed their total liabilities by $75,000.

Unlimited License: This licensure allows you to work on projects of any value. Applicants must also show that they do not exceed their total liabilities by $150,000.

How ToSteps to Get Your License

Step 1  – Take A Course & Prepare For Your Exam

Step 1  – Submit the application

All applicants must meet the application requirements and include the following:

  • Specify license type
  • Provide proof you are a registered business with North Carolina Secretary of State
  • Provide appropriate financial information, based on license type
  • Obtain a surety bond
  • Pay license fee

Step 2 – Take Your Exam  

You can schedule your exam through PSI here.  

Why Choose UsOnline Course for Exam Prep

We specialize in contractor licensing, helping contractors grow their careers through exam prep and continuing education. 


We offer a variety of construction courses to help you pass your exams on the first try. For North Carolina contractors, we offer:

Business and Law Exam Course

General Building Contractor Exam Course

Residential Builder Contractor Exam Course

Masonry Construction License

Concrete Contractor License Exam Prep Course

ResourcesRelated Resources & Links

Useful Links & Information


North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contactors

North Carolina Secretary of State

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