State offices and all DLLR physical locations will be closed to the public December 24 & December 25, 2014. However, Unemployment Insurance telephone and Web
operations WILL be available on Wednesday, December 24.
DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Apply for License - Maryland Home Improvement Commission
A subcontractor may only work for a licensed contractor.
A subcontractor may not enter into contracts with homeowners.
A person may only be licensed to represent two licensed
contractors in the selling of home improvements.
Any applicant who has had a conviction of a misdemeanor relating to a
home improvement transaction or a felony must provide the
Commission with copies of conviction records.
All applicants must take and pass the licensing exam before they can apply
for a license. Contact PSI Examinations.
- Applicants for a contractor's license must provide proof of at least
two years of experience in home improvement work, construction
and/or related education.
- Applicants must provide proof of financial solvency based on the
scope and size of their business in relation to total
assets, liabilities, credit rating and net worth (Credit Report Application Form).
- If a contractor represents a corporation, articles of incorporation and
a certificate of good standing from the Department of
Assessments and Taxation must be submitted.
- A contractor using a trade name must first check with the Commission
to make sure the name is available for use with the Commission
and then register the name with the Department of Assessments
and Taxation .
- A certificate of trade name registration must be submitted with the license application.
- Proof of current $50,000 liability insurance must be filed with the application for licensure.
Contractors must show proof of current $50,000
liability insurance at time of application for original
and renewal license. This insurance must be in effect at
all times. As of October 1, 2002 , contractors must give
the Commission notice of cancellation of liability insurance
at least 10 days before the effective date of the cancellation.
For licenses issued prior to July 1, 1999, each licensee was
issued a personal renewal date from which the license
must be renewed every two years. For licenses issued after
July 1, 1999, the license period is two years from the
date of issuance of the original license.
Temporary licenses are no longer issued. The provision for temporary
licenses was removed from the law in 1999.