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West Virginia Residential Contractors License

pass your west virginia contractors examResidential Contractor means a person whose principal business is in connection with the construction; repair or improvement of real property used as, or intended to be used for, residential occupancy or work incidental to the construction or repair. A residential contractor is considered licensed for all crafts required in the construction, repair or improvement of a residential structure.


West Virginia Residential Contractors License Requirements


let us help you get your contractors licenseA contractors license is required in West Virginia (WV) for virtually any aspect of construction where the project is valued over $1,000. Any electrical performed for compensation must be by a licensed electrician. To become a licensed contractor, candidates are required to pass two examinations: business and law and the trade. More info here.


West Virginia Residential Contractors Fees


contractors license feesContractor license fees: A license is good for one year and costs between $90 and $100. This amount sometimes includes both the non-refundable application processing fee and covers one or two-year fee. Usually all applicants must have certain amount of working capital. In addition, applicants must also file a bond with the registrar.


West Virginia Residential Contractors Exam Details


contractor exam detailed informationYou have to pass a business and law exam and a trade exam to get a license. For law and business exam there are 50 questions and an 2 hour time limit. A 70% is required to pass the exam. The exam fee is $42. Topics on the exam include business organization, licensing, estimating and bidding, contracts, project management, risk management, safety, labor law, financial management, tax law, and lien law. For residential contractors exam, there are 60 questions and an 3 hour time limit. A 70% is required to pass the exam. The exam fee is $42. More info here.

Residential Exam Content


Plan Reading
Site Work
Interior Finish
Exterior Finish

Total Number of Test Questions: 60

Time Allowed: 180 minutes


Books That Are Allowed Into The Exam


1. International Residential Code, 2012, ICC.


2. Masonry and Sitework for the Residential Contractor, 2012, ProV, Inc.


3. Study Guide for Residential Carpentry & Repair, 2014


NOTE: If you are not currently a licensed contractor then you are required to take and pass BOTH the standard LAW exam and TRADE specific exam.

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West Virginia Contractors License Reciprocity


contractors license reciprocityMost states offer Reciprocal Contractors License Classifications with other states. The contractor must be applying for a license in a classification that appears on that state's Reciprocal Classifications list. The State of West Virginia has reciprocity agreements with North Carolina and Ohio,for Master Electrical only. More info here.