Become a North Dakota Contractor

Become a Contractor in North Dakota

Get an Contractors License

To get an application for a contractors license, click 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

Register Your Business

You must register your business name. To learn how to do this, click

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

Get your Bond & Insurance Quote

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Additional Information

Electrician's Licenses
North Dakota State Electrical Board
P.O. Box 857
Bismarck, ND 58502
(701) 328-9522
Fax: (701) 328-9524

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.

Plumber's Licenses
North Dakota State Plumbing Board
204 West Thayer Avenue
Bismarck, ND 58501
(701) 328-9979
Fax: (701) 328-9979

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.

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

Asbestos Licensing
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

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.

It will cost $150 to apply for the license.

Department of Transportation Projects

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

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:

The Department also uses these incidental construction types of work:

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 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.

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