Friday, June 27, 2008

Secretary Handel Reminds Contractors of the Deadline for Licensure

Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel today reminded construction contractors about the July 1, 2008 deadline to obtain state licensure. Pursuant to Georgia law, the following types of contractors must obtain a license from the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors:

Residential-Basic Contractor (Contractor work relative to detached one-family and two-family residences and one-family townhouses not over three stories in height).
Residential-Light Commercial Contractor (Contractor work or activity related to multifamily and multiuse light commercial buildings and structures).
General Contractor (Contractor work or activity that is unlimited in scope regarding any residential or commercial projects).

The legislation requires licensure for most types of residential and general contractors. However, some specialty contractors are exempt under the law, including barn/agricultural use buildings; contractors engaging in roofing, painting, and dry wall; DOT pre-qualified contractors; certain repair work; and certain licensed subcontractors. A complete list of exempt specialty contractors can be found at:

To date, 19,322 applicants have been approved for licensure and mailed a license. The number of approved applicants for licensure by category is as follows:

General Contractor Company
General Contractor Individual
General Contractor Qualifying Agent
Residential Basic Company
Residential Basic Individual
Residential Basic Qualifying Agent
Residential Light Commercial Individual
Residential Light Company
Residential Light Qualifying Agent

Consumers can check the licensure status of any professional licensed by the Secretary of State’s Office, including any disciplinary action, at:

Contractors with additional questions, including contractors that were approved for licensure and have not received their license, can contact the Professional Licensing Boards at (478) 207-2440.

Karen Handel was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2007. The Secretary of State's office offers important services to our citizens and our business community. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.

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