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Q: I am the RMO for my company and have a “C-27” (Landscaping) and “C-8” (Concrete) classification. I have been asked to become an Officer of another company that has a “A” (General Engineering) and “B” (General Building) licenses. Once I am listed as an Officer with the other company can I add the “A” and “B” license to my company that I am the RMO for without taking the tests? 

A: No, you cannot automatically add the “A” and “B“ to your license and Waive the exams. After being an Officer on a license for over five years you can apply to replace the Qualifier on that same license, but you cannot automatically go add the classifications to a different license.

Q: We have a CA Contractor’s License and have several offices here in California, however the business mailing address on our license is a Florida address. Our Contractor’s Bond renewal notification was sent to the Florida address, and the office there was unaware that we have ongoing projects still in California, and I just found out today that instead of renewing it, they cancelled it! Now our license is showing Suspended. How do I get this corrected and what implications may this have on the license status?

A: I looked up your license and the cancellation date of the bond luckily is still within the 90 days to get this corrected. Contact your bonding company to obtain a new bond and request that they backdate the effective cancellation date. The CSLB will lift the suspension retroactively to that date so there shouldn’t be any break in the license.

Q: I am an attorney and one of my contractor clients is in a dispute that may result in some legal action. The contractor has several “D”-category classifications. We are trying to get an idea of what type of work the Company communicated to the CSLB they would be doing. Is there a way to obtain a copy of the original application that was submitted where the type of work being done would have been described?

A: You can request copies of the CSLB file, which if specified, can include the original application submitted. The original application would likely have the qualifier’s Certification of Work Experience detailing the type of work he/she does and the CSLB used that description to determine if they qualify for a particular license.

Q: Does the CSLB ever expedite applications? Can we pay extra?

A: The CSLB does not have an option to pay extra to have your application expedited. Military Veterans or spouses can receive expedited processing, and so can refugees and individuals with special immigrant visas. As far as any other applicants, expedite requests are reviewed on a case by case basis and only under very few and far between circumstances are expedite requests approved.

Q: I am in the process of buying a contracting business. Part of the lender’s requirements is that I have the license in the name of my business to fund the sale and close the deal. Also, the seller doesn’t want to give up their license (for obvious reasons) until the deal closes. How do I ensure the license will be in hand in my business name on the day the deal is planning to close? It seems there is no way to get a license that quickly so how do people in these situations make it work? Will the CSLB expedite the processing of a new license if there is proof of a sale pending?

A: Unfortunately, there is no way to ensure the license will be in hand on the day a deal closes, however we can be of some assistance. In these situations, we have a way of submitting what I call a “mock” application that will help with taking into account the CSLB’s processing times and will allow you to have a better idea of when the license will be issued. If we start the process well in advance of the deal closing, we can even “play” with the timing a bit and have it all happen as close as possible to the closing date. And if the deal falls through for some reason, with the way we handle these, there is no harm done. As far as expediting, the CSLB reviews expedites on a case-by-case basis. From our experience, a pending sale of a contracting business is not a reason the CSLB usually will approve an expedite request, but we can always try.

By Shauna Krause, President, Capitol Services, Inc. – www.cutredtape.com