Get Your VA Contractor License In Less Time, With Less Stress – Know the DPOR Regulation Changes


If you got your license years ago, even in recent years, you will find that licensing regulations are now radically different.

Key recommendations

Initially, the two most important recommendations we make to applicants for a contractor's license are: (1) When you obtain your Virginia contractor's license, obtain the highest class of license, with the designation the widest possible specialty for your situation. (2) Keep your license and do not modify it and do not let it expire.

Why? The reason is simple: once your license is obtained, you just have to renew it in time. In most cases, you automatically benefit from acquired rights in & # 39; concerning any change in regulations. In case of modification of the regulations, this one does not concern you. However, if your license expires or you do anything to change it (for example, change from a class C or from a class B to a class A or add or modify a specialty), you are suddenly subject to all the heavy and new regulations.

Amendments to the DPOR Regulation

Having said that, what are the regulatory changes that can affect you?

December 1, 2012: PSI exams are now mandatory for all specialty designations. Prior to this date, a contracting candidate would simply have to apply for a "smaller" & # 39; specialty (ie HIC (Habitat Improvement Contract) or CIC (Commercial Improvement Contract)), and it was granted. No exam required. However, after that date, all candidates had to take an additional examination, regardless of their specialty.

January 1, 2016: The award winning BLD designation (Building Specialty) has been removed. The BLD designation has led to the construction of new commercial and residential structures. This designation does not exist anymore. It has been replaced by two specialties: RBC Designations (Residential Building Construction) and CBC (Commercial Property Contracting). Applicants who are both commercial and residential builders must now take two exams, one for each specialty.

March 1, 2016: Applicants for a contractor's license must be pre-approved by the DPOR (Professional Regulatory Department) of the Entrepreneurs' Council to be able to pass all specialty exams. Previously, candidates were allowed to schedule specialty exams as they wished.

July 1, 2017: For the Virginia Class A and Virginia Class B licenses, a $ 50,000 bond can now be purchased instead of providing financial documents that meet the net worth requirements. Previously, only financial documents provided by the applicant (ie bank statements, etc.) or produced by the ACP were allowed. DPOR mentioned that the review and audit of many financial documents and varied late in the process of approval of licenses. To simplify and streamline the process, applicants may choose to deposit a $ 50,000 bond instead of financial documents.

Getting your business license in Virginia can be the key to a stable and increased income. Know the Department of Professional and Vocational Regulation, Council of Entrepreneurs & # 39; regulation can save you a lot of headaches, stress and delays.

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