Information for the License:

Painting and Decorating Contractor

Licensing Agency:

Agency or Department Name:  Department of Consumer Affairs
Board or Council Name:  Contractors State License Board
Division Name: License Information Center
Telephone:  (800) 321-2752
Agency Web Address:

License Description:
     (Always confirm this information with the licensing agency.)

All contractors/builders must be licensed by the Contractors State License Board in order to perform work in California.  The list of classifications and scope of work for each is available on the Board’s website at

Painting and Decorating Contractor, Class Code C-33.

License Application Fee: $300. Initial License Fee: $180 for 2 years.
Experience Requirement: At least 4 years journey level experience; must be at least 18 years of age.
Exam Requirement: Business/law exam and trade exam.
Exam Frequency: Computerized exams given daily at 8 sites throughout the state.
Re-exam Fee: $60
Additional License Requirements: Fingerprinting, license bond(s), proof of workers' compensation coverage or exemption therefrom.

Renewal Period: Active: $360 for 2 years; Inactive: $180 for 4 years.

Comments: The Board's publication "Building Your Career as a Licensed Contractor", study guides and license applications can be found on the Contractors State License Board's Web site at

Authority: Business and Professions Code, Section 7000 et seq.
California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Section 810 et seq.