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California Law and Business Exam

License Requirements

Requirements to Obtaining your License

  • A contractors license in California is required for projects that exceed $500.
  • To become a licensed contractor, candidates will have to sit for two exams: law and business; and their trade. 
  • In order to sit for the examinations, the board must first approve your application. 
  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.

Exam Details

  • The California Law and Business Exam has approximately 100 questions and a time limit of 2 1/2 hours.  
  • A 72% is required to pass.
  • Topics on the exam include company start-up procedures; human resources; general business requirements; insurance and bonds; pre-contract considerations; proposals and contracts; contract compliance; public works; safety; and legal.
  • The exam fee is included with the $300 application fee. 
  • After the board has approved your application, they will inform you of the testing date. 

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All exams in California are closed book.

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