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Arkansas Commercial/Residential Contractor License

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License Requirements

Requirements to Obtaining your License.

  • A contractor's license is required for commercial and residential construction work of $20,000 or more. Pre-approval is required from the board before sitting for the examination. To apply for licensure, please contact the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board at 1-501-372-4661.

    • Commercial Contractors: New applicants must have 5 years of experience and submit a CPA or RPA audited financial statement. A surety bond of $10,000 must also be filed.
    • Residential Contractors: New applicants must have 4 years of experience and submit a completed financial statement.

Work Under this License

Work that can be Done Under this License

  • Commercial Contractors License allows any person, firm, or other organization for a price, wage or fee, to attempt to or submit bids to construct, contract, or undertake to contract or manage the construction, erection, alteration, repair any building, apartment, condominium, highway or other structure on private or public property except for single-family residences.
  • Residential Contractors License allows any person, firm, or other organization for a price, wage or fee, to attempt to or submit bids to construct, contract, or undertake to contract or manage the construction of a single family residence.

Applications for a License

Applying to get your License

Applications for licensure can be obtained by contacting the Arkansas Contractors Licensing Board at 1-501-372-4661. Applications are normally processed shortly.

The license fee is $100.00.


Reciprocity Agreements

As of this time, reciprocity is considered on a case to case basis.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education

As of this time, there is no continuing education for this license.


Exam Details

  • The examination fee is $35 for the paper-pencil exam or $75 for the computerized exam
  • The examination has 50 questions and a time limit of 2 hours.
  • A 70% is required to pass.
  • Topics on the exam include business organization, licensing, estimating and bidding, contract management, project management, insurance and bonding, OSHA record-keeping, personnel regulations, financial management, tax laws, lien laws.
  • To schedule your exams, contact Prometric at at 1-800-462-8669 .


Books and References for the Exam

The following reference is permitted to be taken into the examination. This references may be tabbed (with a permanent index tab) and highlighted. It is available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-952-0910.

  • Arkansas Business and Project Management for Contractors

Exam Review and Education

Exam Review, Training, Education

We offer review for the Arkansas Contractor Business and Law exam through online practice tests. Our practice tests include over 300 questions and are designed to be the best and most efficient way to prepare you for your business and law examination. Each time you take the practice test, the questions our randomly generated from our database so you never see the same test twice. For more information on our online class, contact our office at 1-800-952-0910 or click here to enroll.

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