Impossible no. You can do that, but it won’t be easy! Oh, say can you “C”? How about letting a buddy use your license? Answers are the reason you ask and we share them here so contractors learn from the issues of others…
Q: I had a Sole Owner license that expired back in 2007. Since then, I have been listed on my company’s license as an RME (Responsible Managing Employee). I am leaving the company and I want to get my own license number back which starts with a ‘4’, but I’d like it to be Incorporated. Is that possible?
A: It is possible, but it will involve a few steps. In order to transfer a Sole Owner license number to a Corporation, the Sole license must be Active and in good standing. Therefore, you would be required to first apply for a Sole Owner contractor’s license, requesting that your old number be re-issued to you. Next, you would apply for a Corporate contractor’s license, requesting the Sole Owner license number to be re-issued to the Corporation. This is assuming you own at least 50% of the corporation which is required in order to make the transfer. You should also be aware that once transferred to the corporation you can’t get it back as a Sole Owner.
Q: Our company specializes in network cabling and video surveillance. We currently have a “C-10” (Electrical) contractor’s license. We are now being told we also need to have a “C-7” (Low Voltage) classification on our license. I thought we were permitted to do cabling and video surveillance with our “C-10”. If we do need to add the Low Voltage classification, will there be additional testing needed?
A: That is just wrong. The “C-10” classification covers both high and low voltage installations so you are not required to have the additional “C-7”.
Q: My Partner recently passed away. I have read that a Partnership license is cancelled upon the death or Disassociation of one of the General Partners. I plan to apply for a new license but I know that takes some time. We have quite a bit of work in progress. Is it possible to request that the CSLB hold off on cancelling the license until we finish the work in progress?
A: First of all, I’m sorry for your loss. B&P Code Section 7076 allows for the remaining General Partner or Partners to request a continuance of the license to complete projects in progress and undertake new work for a reasonable amount of time, which will be determined by the CSLB. This request must be made in writing within 90 days of his death.
Q: A buddy of mine is in the process of obtaining his license but he hasn’t tested yet so it will be several weeks before he is issued a number. Is it possible for he and I to form a Joint Venture so that he can use my license in the meantime?
A: No you can’t. Unless he is an employee of yours, he cannot work under your license number under any circumstances. Both Partners which make up a Joint Venture must be licensed and in good standing.