North Dakota Contractor Licenses

You must have a license in North Dakota to work on any job costing $2,000 or more. People who work with asbestos outside their own homes need to be properly trained and then certified through the North Dakota Department of Health.

Contractor License Lookup in North Dakota

Where do you go when you want to lookup the license of a contractor in North Dakota? To find out if a contractor is licensed, click http://www.nd.gov/sos/licensing/search-disclaimer.html or call (701) 328-3665. To find out if an electrician is licensed, click http://www.ndseb.com/findcontractor.asp. For a list of licensed asbestos abatement contractors, click http://www.health.state.nd.us/AQ/IAQ/ASB/.


To get an application for a contractors license, click http://www.nd.gov/sos/licensing/ or contact:

Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 East Boulevard Avenue Dept. 108
Bismarck, ND 58505-0500
(701) 328-3665
Fax: (701) 328-1690
http://www.nd.gov/sos/

You must register your business name. To learn how to do this, click http://www.nd.gov/sos/businessserv/registrations/index.html. The state issues four classes of contractor’s licenses. Here’s a summary of the classes, the single contract cost limitation for each class, and its license fee:

Single contract
Class cost limitation Fee
A unlimited $300
B $250,000 $200
C $120,000 $150
D $50,000 $50

You don’t have to take an exam to get a contractor’s license. But you do have to prove you don’t owe any taxes and that you have workers’ compensation and liability insurance.

On the application you’ll also be asked to specify your main type of work. However, you’re not limited to that type of work. Here are the types of work you can choose from:

Single family Well drilling
Building materials, lumber Land developer
Roofing and siding Flooring
Asbestos abatement Piping
Paint, wall coverage Architect, planner designer, engineer
Road and related construction Landscaping
Remodeler Excavating
Carpentry Product manufacturers
Masonry Plumbing, HVAC
Commercial developer Other
Electrical

A license is good for one year.


Electrician’s Licenses

To do electrical work in North Dakota, you need to be licensed as a master, journeyman, or class B electrician. To get an application, contact:

North Dakota State Electrical Board
P.O. Box 857
Bismarck, ND 58502
(701) 328-9522
Fax: (701) 328-9524
http://www.state.nd.us/electric/

You must pass an exam to get a license. To qualify for the master exam you need one year of work experience as a licensed journeyman electrician. To qualify for the journeyman exam you need four years of work experience. You can use two years of Board-approved electrical education for one year of the work experience requirement. To qualify for the Class B electrician’s license you need 18 months of work experience in farmstead or residential wiring. You can use two years of Board-approved electrical education for six months of the work experience requirement.

Electrician’s license fees: The master exam and the license cost $50 each. The journeyman exam and license are $25 each. The Class B electrician exam and the license cost $40 each. All licenses expire March 31 each year.

If you have a valid electrical license in another state which you got through a licensing procedure at least equal to North Dakota’s, you can get a similar North Dakota license without taking an exam. You still have to pay the appropriate application and licensing fees, however.


Plumber’s Licenses

To do plumbing work in North Dakota, you need to be licensed as a journeyman or master plumber. To get an application, contact:

North Dakota State Plumbing Board
204 West Thayer Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 328-9979
Fax: (701) 328-9979
http://www.governor.state.nd.us/boards/boards-query.asp?Board_ID=83

You must pass an exam to get a license. The exam is based on the North Dakota State Plumbing Code. To qualify for the master exam you need two years of work experience as a licensed journeyman plumber in North Dakota or any other state that has a state licensing law. If you have a valid master license in another state, you can use it to apply for a master exam.

Plumber’s licenses fees: The exam and master license costs $200. The exam and journeyman license is $100. Both are good for one calendar year.

To qualify for the journeyman exam you need four years of work experience under the supervision of a licensed master plumber. If you have a valid journeyman license in another state, you can use it to qualify for the exam.

You can also qualify for the journeyman exam by passing a screening exam first if you have five years of plumbing work experience in a state which doesn’t license plumbers.

The exam will ask you questions about basic plumbing principles and the state plumbing code. You’ll be asked to draw stacks, wastes, vents, and minimum pipe sizes on drawings which already have plumbing fixtures on them.

The Board has reciprocity agreements with South Dakota, Minnesota, and Montana.


Asbestos Abatement 

For information on asbestos licensing and certification, contact:

North Dakota Department of Health
Division of Air Quality
Asbestos Control Program
Box 5520
Bismarck, ND 58506
(701) 328-5188
Fax: (701) 328-5200
http://www.health.state.nd.us/

The application is available online at http://www.health.state.nd.us/aq/iaq/asb/.

Registration with the Secretary of State is required before an Asbestos Contractor License can be issued. Call the North Dakota Secretary of State Corporate and Business Division at (701) 328-4284.

The Division certifies individuals in the following disciplines; asbestos inspector, asbestos management planner, asbestos abatement project designer, asbestos abatement supervisor, asbestos abatement worker, and asbestos abatement project monitor.

It will cost $150 to apply for the license


Department of Transportation (DOT)

To bid on North Dakota Department of Transportation projects you have to be prequalified by the Department. To get an application for prequalification, contact:

North Dakota Department of Transportation
Construction Services Division
608 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58505-0700
(701) 328-2563
Fax: (701) 328-4928
http://www.state.nd.us/dot/

Some of the details the Department will ask you about are your organization, personnel, financial condition, equipment, and experience. You’ll be asked what type of work you want to be qualified for. Here are the major types of work the Department uses:

General (all types of work) Bituminous cold mix
Grading Bituminous hot mix
Culverts, small structures Bituminous seal coat
Gravel Portland cement concrete pavement
Treated base Bridge

The Department also uses these incidental construction types of work:

Riprap Traffic signs
Water and sewer Electrical lighting, traffic signals
Curb and gutter, sidewalk, driveways Rest area, miscellaneous building
Painting rail Jacking and baring pipe
Erosion control Grind concrete pavement, saw and seal joints
Landscaping Milling bituminous pavement
Fencing Other
Pavement marking

You don’t need a North Dakota contractor’s license to bid on a project, but if you win the contract you must get the appropriate North Dakota contractor license within ten days. Prequalification is good for one year.


Out-of-State Corporations

Out-of-state corporations and Limited Liability Companies must get a Certificate of Authority to do business in North Dakota from the North Dakota Secretary of State. To apply for this certificate, click here or contact:

North Dakota Secretary of State
Main Capitol Building, first floor
600 East Boulevard Avenue Dept. 108
Bismarck, ND 58505
(701) 328-2939
Fax: (701) 328-2992
http://www.nd.gov/sos/

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