How do I renew my contractor license and how long do I have?

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Renewal notices are mailed 90 days prior to the license expiration date to the address listed on file. The law allows up to 30 days to process a renewal once received by our office. Typically, it takes less than a week (depending on the amount of renewals received). Licensees have the option to renew “Online” on online renewal site.

Click here to view a video demonstration on how to create an account.

Click here to view a video demonstration on how to renew license online (after your account has been created).

Contractors will need to upload and attach their Financial Statement and Certificate of Insurance for General Liability and also Workers’ Compensation (or exemption registration unless claiming the handyman exemption)  to complete their online renewal.   Contractors with a monetary limit of $1,500,000 or less may self-prepare their balance sheet and a template is available on our website at:  http://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/commerce/attachments/ContBLC-FSBalanceSheet.pdf   Home Improvement Contractors will need to upload and attach the Bond continuation and Certificate of Insurance for General Liability, and also for Workers’ Compensation (or their exemption registration unless claiming the handyman exemption).  Limited Licensed Electricians and Plumbers are not required to upload documents to their renewal.

Licensees do not have a grace period to continue working whenever their license expires, however, they do keep renewal rights for up to three (3) months, with the exception of Contractors,  to renew with late fees before they are required to reinstate through the new application process.  Contractors have 12 months before losing renewal rights, however, cannot continue to perform work while the license is expired or it is considered unlicensed contracting.  Contractors also have the option to place their license in Retirement to keep renewal rights.  For more requirements and forms, please visit our website.

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