In the immortal words of Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome, change is coming to the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) “whether you like it or not.”

CSLB says it has “launched a series of interactive forms to help simplify the process for those applying for a contractor license, as well as for licensees who need to make changes or updates to their existing license.”

Oddly, these new forms can’t be submitted electronically, but must be filled out online, then printed, signed and snailed to Sacramento with the appropriate fee (check or money order only).

Additionally, the state contractor license agency is warning contractors about new form requirements that go into effect May 1st. As of that day, CSLB will only accept versions of the forms with a revision date of October 2016 (“rev. 10/16” in bottom left corner) or later, all of which are currently available on the website. Older versions submitted to CSLB on or after May 1, 2017, will be returned to the applicant, along with any fees included. The applicant will then need to complete and resubmit a new application and all applicable fees, so if you’ve been dragging your feet on a license issue, now would be a good time to “get’erdone.”

And, oh yeah…The new forms also give you a heads up about fee increases (roughly 10 percent) that take effect on July 1, 2017. The application fee for an original license in a single classification will increase from $300 to $330; the renewal fee for an active license will increase from $360 to $400; and the registration and renewal fee for a “home improvement salesperson” will increase from $75 to $83.

The new forms are another step by CSLB to upgrade its online system for the fulfillment of many licensing needs. Those who need to submit a form to CSLB can now choose the “easy-fill” option on the website, which alerts applicants and licensees if an error is made when entering information, such as when an answer conflicts with information previously entered on the form, or if any of the required fields are left blank. In addition, reminders are provided about other relevant forms that may need to be submitted as well.

It’s important to note that upon completion, the form must be printed out, signed, and sent to CSLB–the forms can- not be submitted electronically—so 20th Century. A complete listing is available on the “Forms and Applications” page on the CSLB website: www.cslb.ca.gov/ About_Us/Library/Forms_And_ Applications.aspx .