The California Contractors State License Board ("CSLB") has announced
that it is issuing new, interactive forms to help simplify the application
process to obtain a contractor license and to aid licensees who need to
amend or update their licenses. CSLB considers the new forms a further
step in the upgrade of CSLB's on-line services.
Applicants or licensees will now be able to use the "easy fill"
option on the CSLB website. The new forms provide an alert if an error
is made when entering information, such as when there are conflicts between
information on the form or when necessary information is left blank. The
new forms also provide reminders concerning additional forms which may
need to be submitted. CSLB hopes that this new format will make completion
of the forms faster and easier with less error.
While the forms can be completed on the CSLB website, the forms cannot
be electronically submitted. Rather, the applicant or licensee must print
out the form, sign it, and send it to the CSLB.
The new "easy fill" forms include the application for original
contractor license, application for an additional license classification,
application to replace the qualifying individual, certification of work
experience, and application for home improvement salesperson registration.
The new forms also note the fee increases that take effect on
July 1, 2017.
As of May 1, 2017, CSLB will only accept the forms with a revision date
of October 2016 ("rev. 10/16" shown in the bottom left corner)
or later, all of which are available on the CLSB website. Older forms
sent to the CSLB after this date will be returned with any fees included
with the form.
Accordingly, applicants for contractors licenses and current licensees
who need to renew or amend their existing licenses need to pay careful
attention that they are using the correct form and, after July 1, 2017,
paying the correct fee to avoid having the form rejected and returned.