There will be separate residential and commercial licenses from Arizona Registrar of Contractors. This will be for each field or trade for the construction profession.

Residential contracting is known as construction for residential structures. For example, that could mean condominiums, townhouses, apartment complexes, cooperative units, and houses that have four units or less. The residential construction will include appurtenances within or on the residential property lines that connect to the sewer lines, structural or mechanical service, and utility service to any residential structure.

Contractor License in Arizona: How to Obtain

An application for a contractor license, as well as an examination application can be obtained from any of the offices for Arizona Registrar of Contractors. A downloadable Contractor License application package can be downloaded at the following:

Arizona Registrar of Contractors

 Attach the following with each application:

  1. Financial Statement
  2. Original exam score (View the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin for more instruction on how to register for exams, as well as answers to any questions.)
  3. Proof of insurance for Workers Compensation
  4. Arizona Transaction Privilege Tax Number
  5. License bond. The total amount of the bond will require depending on the classification of the license, as well as the expected gross volume of your business.
  6. All recovery fund and license fee funds (if applicable.)
  7. Experience Record Form

For any further information on license fees, license classification requirements, instructions, answers to questions, links, experience record forms, license fees, Arizona Transaction Privilege tax number, or how to obtain a surety bond, it can be found right on the application. The downloadable application can be found at the following:

Arizona Contractors License: Are there any Experience, Education, or Exam Requirements?


 Each candidate will be required to complete and pass the Business Management Exam. This exam includes questions on the federal and state laws, as well as the management of construction projects. Financial and business management is also required. There will also be a requirement for some of the license classifications to be passed for a trade exam. Each of the testing requirements need to be taken before submission of any application. For further information regarding individual trade exams, visit or call  (800) 733-9267 FREE. The PSI Candidate Information Bulletin (PFD) includes instructions on how to register for the exam, as well as answers to common questions. Your examination score report (original) is required to be submitted along with the license application.

There will be credit that is given for those who have experience as a foreman, journeyman, contractor, or supervising employee. Any contractor experience will be considered from those who are currently licensed contractors in Arizona, formerly official personnel and licensed contractors. To view the form “License Classification Requirements RC-L-206B” to see if you have the requirements for the license classification.

Exam Prep Courses: What is the Timeframe?

 Expect 8 hours for each of the courses. The course can move fast through the material. For those who need a thorough review, you can allow twice the timeframe.

After registering, there will be 6 months allowed before the course is deactivated. For longer time, call for a possible extension.

Contractor Continued Education: Is it Required in Arizona?

No. There will be a license that is issued for a timeframe of two years, but it must be renewed biennially. There will be renewal notice reminders sent via mail.


NASCLA Accredited Commercial Contractor License: Is it Accepted in Arizona?


General Contractor Commercial Contractor License: Is it Required in Arizona?


Is There Reciprocity With Other States?

Arizona has entered into an agreement for reciprocity within California, Utah, and Nevada. With this agreement, Arizona is able to accept license qualifications of the above states. Each application will have a requirement to complete and pass the Arizona Business Management exam, as well as complete all requirements to obtain a license in Arizona.

The state of Arizona does not recognize a contractor license that is issued from another state. However, there is an option of having trade experience or even a contractor license from another state. The experience is possible acceptable in order to qualify for an Arizona license, in which you will need to apply for. You can apply with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors.


 All contractor license classifications must take the Business Management examination in addition to any required trade specific examination.

Questions: 80

 % Required to Pass: 70%

 Time Allowed: 180 Minutes


Subject Area                                                                                                  # of questions

Arizona Registrar of Contractors Statutes                                                              25

Arizona Registrar of Contractors Rules                                                                  10

Arizona Registrar of Contractors Workmanship Standards                                      4

Business Management                                                                                             3

Business Mathematics                                                                                              3

Contracts and Agreements                                                                                        5

Insurance and Bonding                                                                                              5

Safety, Record Keeping and Reporting                                                                      3

Labor Laws and Employment Regulations                                                                 4

Financial Management                                                                                               4

Tax Laws                                                                                                                     5

Liens                                                                                                                            4

Environmental Laws and Regulations                                                                          5

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Question: How do I register my construction company in Arizona? 

 Register your Arizona Business With:

Arizona Corporation Commission
1300 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007-2929


(602) 542-3026


What forms do I need to register my new company in Arizona?

Register your Business in Arizona                  

Forms      Tax Forms


Question: How do I look up a company in Arizona or see if a company name is available to register?  

Answer: Use this link to see if your company name is available in Arizona Entity Search


Where can I get the books?

AMAZON / Builder’s Book, Inc. – Click on the book to order:

2009 International Building Code2009 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

ACI 318-08 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete

ACI 318-11 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete

               ACI 530-08 Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures
ACI 530-08 Building Code Requirements for Masonry

Design and Control of Concrete MixturesDesign and Control of Concrete MixturesGypsum Construction Handbook 7th EditionGypsum Construction Handbook 7th EditionHandling and Erection of Steel Joist and Joist GirdersHandling and Erection of Steel Joist and Joist GirdersManual of Construction with Steel DeckManual of Construction with Steel DeckModern MasonryModern MasonryOSHA Construction Regulations, 1926OSHA Construction Regulations, 1926Pipe and Excavation ContractingPipe and Excavation ContractingPlacing Reinforcing Bars

Placing Reinforcing Bars

The NRCA Roofing Manual:
Membrane Roof Systems—2011

The NRCA Roofing Manual

The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2013

The NRCA Steep-slope Roof Syste 2013

Carpentry & Building Construction,
Student Edition

Carpentry & Building Construction, Student Edition

Painting and Decorating Craftsman’s Manual and Textbook

Painting and Decorating Craftsman's Manual and Textbook