A Step by Step Guide for obtaining a Contractor License

 
1. Contact and provide the West Virginia Contractor Licensing Board/Division of Labor with your scope of work in order to verify the classification(s) and the exam(s) required for obtaining your contractor license. Your request can be sent to Licensing@wv.gov.    
 
2. Schedule to take exam(s) with ProV  by contacting them at (866) 720-7768 or (304) 414-0190, Extension 3. The person completing the exam(s) must be an officer, member, owner, or a full-time employee. Payroll records are required as proof for a full-time employee.
 
3. West Virginia requires every entity to obtain a Business Registration Tax Number. Contact the West Virginia State Tax Department at (304) 558-3333 or (800) 982-8297.
 
4. Contact the West Virginia Secretary of State to determine if your entity is required to obtain a Certificate of Authority. Their phone # is (304) 558-8000. They are located at 1516 Washington Street East, Suite 200 Charleston, WV 25305. You can register online at www.business4wv.com.
 
5. Your entity is required to provide proof of Workers’ Compensation and Unemployment Compensation for all employees working in West Virginia.
·         Workers’ Compensation – West Virginia Insurance Commissioner’s Office at: (304) 558-6279 Extension 1202.
·         Unemployment Compensation - Workforce West Virginia at: (304) 558-2451
If it is determined your entity is exempt and West Virginia coverage is not required, you must submit proof of coverage from your state. 
 
6. A wage bond status affidavit is required to be submitted with your application. If your entity is performing commercial construction work with employees, contact the Division of Labor – Wage & Hour Section at (304) 558-7890 or wageandhour@wv.gov and verify your wage bond status.
 
7. A contractor license application/affidavit is available on our website at labor.wv.gov or by calling the Licensing Section at (304) 558-7890. An owner, corporate officer or managing member is required to sign page three (3) of the application/affidavit and wage bond affidavit. The contractor license fee may be paid by check, money order, or credit card in the Charleston Office.
 
You must have steps 1 through 6 completed prior to submitting your contractor license application/affidavit to our office for processing.
 
Directions to WV Division of Labor from ProV’s Charleston Office
After leaving the parking lot turn left onto Association Drive; turn right on Deitrick Boulevard at stop sign; turn right onto Greenbrier Street/114 South at light. At the 5th stoplight turn left into the State Capitol Complex parking lot. You must go through security to access Building 3 (Green Roof). The Division of Labor is  located on the 2nd floor, Room 200.
 
 

 

Secretary of State (If applicable)

 

(304) 558-8000

 

 

(304) 558-3333

 

Wage Bonding (If applicable)

 

(304) 558-7890 ext.10475

 

 

(304) 558-2451

 

 
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East | State Capitol Complex - Building 3, Room 200 | Charleston, WV 25305
Ph: (304) 558-7890