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Missouri Contractor License: Step-by-Step Guide

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In the state of Missouri, contractor licenses are issued on a municipal level. Visit your city hall or municipal website for detailed information regarding the type of license you are applying for.

1

Determine the Type of Contractor License You Need

Note that contractor licenses are issued on a municipal level and license types may differ by city.

  • Electrical Contractors - install, maintain or extend electrical wiring systems in or on buildings. There are several types of business and individual electrical licenses, among them:
    • Master
    • Journeyman
    • Maintenance

    For a full list of electrical license types, visit your municipality’s website.

    Note: Reciprocity is considered on a case by case basis.

  • Plumbing Contractors - install, maintain and repair pipes, fittings and other apparatuses of water supply. Several types of license are available for plumbing, among them:
    • Master
    • Journeyman

    For a full list of plumbing license types, visit your municipality’s website.

    Note: Reciprocity is considered on a case by case basis.

  • Specialty Contractors - duties may include roofing, landscaping, home improvement, and more. Please visit your municipality’s website for more information on specialty contractor licenses.

2

Access License Application Forms

You can access your license applications by visiting your city hall or your municipality’s website. Below, you can find an example of where to find applications for the City of Jefferson:

  • Electrical Contractor License applications can be found here.
  • Plumbing Contractor License applications can be found here.

3

Fulfill Requirements and Obtain Required Documents

Please note that municipalities will have their own contractor document requirements and ID needs, but many of the requirements below may be part of the process:

Electrical Contractor License:

  • Depending on the type of electrical license, you are required to meet certain work experience criteria in the form of on-the-job hours.
  • You may be required to obtain liability insurance or workers’ compensation insurance.
  • You may be required to provide professional references who can vouch for your work ethic and capabilities.

Plumbing Contractor License:

  • Depending on the type of plumbing license, you are required to meet certain work experience criteria in the form of on-the-job hours.
  • You may be required to have been licensed as an apprentice or journeyman for several years prior to your application.
  • You may be required to obtain liability insurance or workers’ compensation insurance.
  • You may be required to provide professional references who can vouch for your work ethic and capabilities.

Specialty Contractor License:

  • Specialty contractor licenses will need to be obtained directly through the municipality you will be working in. To find applications and information, please visit the city’s website or call your city hall.

4

Submit Your Missouri Contractor License Application

How to fill out your application:

Visit your municipality’s website for information regarding contractor license applications.

Licensing/Application Fees:

The following fees are examples for the City of Jefferson. Fees may vary per municipality and industry.

  • Electrical contractor license:
    • Master - $105 license fee, $100 examination fee
    • Journeyman - $105 license fee, $100 examination fee
    • Maintenance - $27 license fee, $100 examination fee

    Note: In the City of Jefferson, payments can be made by check, credit card or money order payable to the City of Jefferson. The examination fee must be payable to Prometric.

  • Plumbing contractor license:
    • Master - $105 license fee, $100 examination fee
    • Journeyman - $105 license fee, $100 examination fee

    Note: In the City of Jefferson, payments can be made by check, credit card or money order payable to the City of Jefferson. The examination fee must be payable to Prometric or Pearson VUE.

  • Specialty contractor license: varies by municipality

Mailing Address:

Please note, the following mailing address is an example for the City of Jefferson.

City of Jefferson Department of Planning & Protective Services
320 E. McCarty Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101


5

Pass Your Examination

Examination requirements and procedures will differ, depending on the municipality you are applying in. You are typically required to pass an examination in order to obtain any contractor license. The following are examples of requirements and procedures in the City of Jefferson.

Electrical Contractor License:

Submit the following electrical license application in order to qualify for your examination. Along with this form, you are required to send in a payment for your examination and license. After submitting your application, you will be contacted with further information regarding your examination. You can find a list of exam dates on the City of Jefferson website.

Plumbing Contractor License:

Submit the following plumbing license application in order to qualify for your examination. Along with this form, you are required to send in a payment for your examination and license. After submitting your application, you will be contacted with further information regarding your examination. You can find more information about examinations on the City of Jefferson website.


6

Obtain Your Contractor License Bond

Contractor licenses are awarded at the municipal level and other requirements such as surety bonds can be made at this level. Check with your local development authority for more information.



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