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Old 03-08-2009, 09:56 PM   #1
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How to check if license number is legitimate?

I would like to know how to check if a license number is legitimate and corresponds to the person who claims to have it?. I live in southern California (if it makes a difference). I am looking to get very little plumbing (gas lines) and some electrical work. Obviously these are critical things that if not done properly could be dangerous.



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Check with the municipality/government authority that gave the license. - A license granted in Bangledesh does not carry much weight in California.



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Although you should always hire contractors that are licensed, don't mistake the fact that they have a license to mean that they'll do quality work. Insist on permits as well.

Assuming that a licensed contractor is going to do good work is like assuming that a licensed driver is going to never exceed the speed limit.

The city or county licensing board in your area should be able to verify that the contractor is licensed. If he's able to pull a permit, I'd say you're in good shape.
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In NYC if he can pull a permit it shows he has insurance. You can't pull a permit here unless you provide the Building Dept proof of, liability, disability and workman's comp insurance.
If the work you're having done doesn't require a permit, have the contractor provide copies of his current policies so you can verify he is covered.
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All the above for sure and... get references and call a couple of them.
Any contractor that won't hand you several immediately I'd steer clear of, period.
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Good advices. Thank you
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Contractor License Check

To avoid putting your home at risk, it is always important to find a legal contractor that will help you to work. You may check if your contractor is licensed at Contractors State License Board, where you can able to check their license status and you can also view if there's a pending complaint. I hope this helps you.
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Inspectors are not allowed ot make reccomendations as to which contractor to hire. But, you can ask "Which contractor would you hire to work on your house"

When I was the first in hte phone book, the inspectors would tell people to just look in the phone book and call the first company. Now, I am the 2nd listing in the book. Now people get told to call the 2nd contractor.


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