Montana Contractor Licenses

All construction contractors and subcontractors must register with the Department of Labor and Industry if they have employees. Those contractors without employees may register, but are not required to do so.

Contractor License Lookup in Montana

Where do you go when you want to lookup the license of a contractor in Montana? To find out if a contractor is registered in Montana, call (406) 444-7734. To see a list of registered Montana construction contractors, click http://mtcontractor.com/crx/CR_parms.htm. For a list of licensed electricians or plumbers, click http://app.mt.gov/lookup/.


To get an application to register as a contractor or subcontractor, contact:

Contractors Registration Unit
Employment Relations Division
Department of Labor and Industry
P.O. Box 8011
Helena, MT 59604-8011
(406) 444-9586
Fax: (406) 444-3465
http://erd.dli.state.mt.us/wcregs/mtcontractor.asp
E-mail: [email protected]

If you’re a licensed electrician or plumber and work only in those trades, you don’t need to register with the Department. You do need a Montana license, though. See below for more information on these trades.

Contractor’s registration fees: You won’t have to take an exam to register with the Department. Registration costs $53 and it’s good for two years.

Electrician’s Licenses

To do electrical work in Montana, you must get a license. Montana licenses electrical contractors, master, journeyman, and residential electricians. To apply for a license, contact:

Montana State Electrical Board
301 South Park, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
(406) 841-2329
http://mt.gov/dli/bsd/license/bsd_boards/ele_board/board_page.asp

Electrical Contractor’s License

To qualify for an electrical contractor’s license, you must have a master electrician’s license you got by testing in Montana or employ a licensed master electrician who will be responsible for the electrical work you do. You don’t have to pass an exam to get a contractor license. The license costs $250 and it’s good for three years.

You will have to pass an exam to get a master, journeyman, or residential electrician’s license. The exam is given by Prometric. For information on the exam and to locate a testing center, contact:

Prometric, Inc.
1260 Energy Lane
St. Paul, MN 55108
(800) 462-8669
http://www.prometric.com

Master Electrician’s License

To apply for the master electrician’s exam you must prove you can meet one of these three requirements:

  • an electrical engineering degree and one year practical electrical work experience
  • graduation from a post-secondary electrical trade school and four years practical work experience
  • five years of practical work as a journeyman, with planning, layout, and supervision experience. The experience must be a blend of commercial, residential, industrial and institutional wiring for light, heat and power.

Journeyman Electrician’s License

To apply for a journeyman electrician’s license you must prove you can meet either of these two requirements:

  • completion of an apprenticeship program of four years (8,000 hours) electrical work
  • four years (8,000 hours) of practical work experience with wiring, apparatus, or equipment for electrical light, heat and power

No more than 4,000 hours can be in residential construction. Remaining hours must be in commercial, industrial, or institutional construction. The Board may give you credit for hours you spend in a recognized electrical trade school.

Residential Electrician’s License

To apply for a residential electrician’s license you must prove you can meet either of these two requirements:

  • completion of a two-year electrical apprenticeship
  • two years (4,000 hours) of practical work experience with wiring, apparatus, or equipment for electrical light, heat and power in residential construction

Electrician’s license fees: It will cost you $120 (includes initial license fee) to file an application for a license. An exam will cost you $75. Renewals are every three years.

If you can submit verification from a licensing agency in a state with qualification at least equal to Montana’s (Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming), and you received the license in that state by testing and scoring at least a 75%, you can apply to get a Montana journeyman license without taking an exam. You’ll still need to pay a $145 fee and submit an application for the license.


Plumber’s Licenses

To do plumbing work in Montana you must get a license. To apply for a license, contact:

Montana State Board of Plumbers
301 South Park, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 200513
Helena, MT 59620-0513
(406) 841-2350
http://mt.gov/dli/bsd/license/bsd_boards/plu_board/board_page.asp

The Board licenses master and journeyman plumbers. You must pass an exam given by the Board to get a license.

Master Plumber’s License

To qualify for a master plumber’s license you must prove you meet these requirements:

  • four years (minimum of 1,500 hours per year) work experience as a journeyman plumber, of which three must be as a master plumber or supervisor in plumbing work
  • nine years experience verified by notorized statements or letters

Journeyman Plumber’s License

To apply for a journeyman plumber’s license you must prove you have five years of practical plumbing work experience or have a voucher completed by an active licensed master plumber.

Plumber’s license fees: It will cost you $30 nonrefundable to file an application for a license and $95 to take an exam. A master license costs $125 and a journeyman license costs $75. Licenses expire September 1st each year.

Montana has reciprocity with North Dakota, Oregon and Idaho on the journeyman plumbing license.  If you provide a letter of verification from the licensing agency in North Dakota or Idaho you can get a Montana journeyman license without taking an exam.  You still need to pay the application fee of $30 and the $95 reciprocity fee for the license.


Department of Transportation (DOT)

The Montana Department of Transportation doesn’t prequalify contractors. To bid on highway construction projects in Montana you must get a license through the Montana Department of Labor. See the beginning of this section for more information.

For information on bid invitations, contact:

Montana Department of Transportation
2701 Prospect Ave.
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-6200
http://www.mdt.mt.gov/

 


Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations must register with the Montana Secretary of State to do business in the state. For information contact:

Business Services Bureau
State Capitol, Room 225
Helena, MT 59620
(406) 444-3665
Fax: (406) 444-3976
http://sos.mt.gov/BSB/index.asp

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