Obtaining a Contractor’s License in the State of Maryland

A contracting business in the state of Maryland can open a lot of doors. It boosts not only to your earning potential but credibility as well. If you’re thinking about becoming a licensed contractor in MD, congratulations! There are so many benefits to doing so. Contractor Training Center is here to make the process as hassle-free as possible.

Before we jump into this guide, here is a brief list of the items you’ll need to obtain a Maryland contractor license:

  • General Liability Insurance Policy in the amount of $50,000
  • 2 years of experience in home improvement, construction, or renovations
  • Prove financial good standing depending on the size of work you wish to complete. If you submit a surety bond, it must be in the amount of $20,000.
  • For a corporate entity, you need to send the articles of incorporation along with your application.
  • Contractor’s license number displayed on all vehicles, advertisements, and cards.

Additionally, if you’re performing work on homes older than 1978, you may need to have a lead abatement certificate. For more information on this, contact the EPA or the MD Maryland Department of Environment.

What You Can Expect from Us

Our team of instructors are passionate, knowledgeable, and experienced. With us, you can expect to receive quality resources, tools, and information from start to finish. We will gladly guide you through every step of this process, going over every type of exam with you.

Moreover, for extra help, we have study resources available on our website. Our exam is open book. If you don’t pass it the first time, we give you another try free of charge!

Contractor Training Center is committed to your success. We give you all the necessary resources to pass the Maryland Home Improvement Contractor (MHIC) exam on your first try. Not to mention our friendly customer care team is always readily available. We are here to help you out when you run into questions or concerns. 

The Benefits of Having a Contractor’s License in MD

A contractor license Maryland can make you stand apart from the competition. A license makes you credible and trustworthy. Anyone can perform work on someone else’s property. However, a license shows you’re properly trained and know what you’re doing.

If you don’t have this license and perform work on someone’s home illegally, you and your business could face legal trouble. Not only will this cost you money, but it will discredit your business as being reputable. Avoid losing your clients and reputation by getting started on this beneficial process.  

How to Get a Contractor’s License in MD?

Every state has its own rules and regulations for obtaining a contractor’s license. Fortunately, the process in the state of MD is quite simple.

How to get a contractors license in Maryland? Follow these steps:

  • 1. Register for the Exam

  • The registration form is listed within the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin. Refer to page 8 of the document, linked here, or go to psiexams.com. Be sure the registration form is complete, accurate, and signed. Be sure that you include all attachments and the correct fees. You must first register for
    an examination and then schedule an examination


  • 2. Prepare

  • This second step is where we come in. All our books and preparation tools are available on our site. We have instructors ready to answer any questions and make the prep process as stress-free as possible. We’re extremely proud of our first-time pass rate. In fact, most contractors who train with us pass the MHIC exam on their very first try.

  • 3. Take the Exam

  • In the state of MD, you will need to take and pass the Maryland Home Improvement Contractor (MHIC) Exam. This is necessary to be a licensed builder. The MHIC exam serves two purposes: 1) it makes sure you’re registered properly within your state, and 2) it makes sure you have the experience needed to perform work on someone else’s property.

    With our courses, you’ll be ready to take this exam. You’ll gain an understanding of Maryland laws for operating a contracting business. We make sure you have the skills and knowledge needed to conduct the types of work you wish to perform.

    You can find all the prep class information for a general contractor license in Maryland, right here with us. We supply everything you need to be successful from the books to necessary tabs. Our first-time pass rate is extremely high. If you don’t pass on your first try, we offer you the class again until you do (free of charge)!

    Important: If you fail the licensing examination, there is a waiting period of 30 days before that individual is eligible to retake the test; each subsequent retest requires a waiting period of 60 days.


  • 4. Submit an Application

  • You will need to submit the application to the State of Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The review and approval process usually takes about 8 weeks.

    There is a license fee of $325 and a renewal fee of $305. For sales contractors, the license and renewal fee is $75. Along with your application, you’ll also need to submit the following:

    • Credit report
    • $75 for the Guaranty Fund
    • Proof of liability insurance

    If you have questions about the application itself, give us a call.

    Maryland Courses


    In Maryland we teach 2 different courses:

    - Home Improvement Contractor Exam

    - Home Improvement Salesperson Exam


      For any changes within your business, you must notify the Commission board. The window of time is no later than 10 days after this change has been made. Changes can include a change of directors, entity name, or if your business has been sold.

      Further, any applicant with a conviction for a misdemeanor or a felony relating to a home improvement project needs to get in touch with the Maryland Home Improvement Commission. The applicant will need to send in copies of conviction records.

      Contractor Training Center takes a lot of pride in the work that we do. We have helped over 30,000 individuals obtain their contracting license. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals and get one step closer to be a certified contractor.

      Ready to learn more or get started on this exciting journey? Give us a call today at 804-556-5518.


      Which Exam Should I Take?

      If you wish to conduct business in the state of Maryland, you’ll need to complete and pass the Maryland Home Improvement Contractor Exam. We have all the necessary information right here at Contractor Training Center.

      Keep in mind that you need to be pre-approved by the MD Home Improvement Commission before taking the MD Home Improvement Exam.

      If you’re ready to take the Class MD Home Improvement Prep Class, you can access it completely online with us. Register for it right here on our site or give us a call at 804-556-5518.

      What Will the Exam Consist of?

      The Maryland Contractor Exam will have 55 total items. You’ll have 150 minutes to complete this exam. In order to pass, you’ll need a score of at least 39.

      Here is what the exam will cover:

      1. Home Improvement Law (41 Items)
      2. Door-to-Door Sales Act (4 Items)
      3. Labor Laws (3 Items)
      4. Safety Regulations (4 Items)
      5. Estimating (3 Items)

      We walk you through every step of the preparation process. Rest assured, you’ll feel confident and prepared when it’s time to show your knowledge and expertise.

      All exams are under the administration of PSI. When ready, you may schedule the test online or by calling PSI Examination Services at 800-733-9267. For more information about the MD exam, click here for the PSI Candidate Info Bulletin.

      Apply for a Maryland Original License – Home Improvement Commission

      Are you looking to apply for a Maryland Original License? Here are some quick links to reference to get this process started:

      The application: Contractor Original Application

      Supporting documents to be filed with an original license application include:

      Contractor's Personal Financial Statement 

      Co-Owner's Signature - Submit if assets are co-owned

      If the applicant doesn’t meet Commission’s financial solvency guidelines, they may purchase a surety bond:

      Information for Indemnitor for Applicant 

      Surety Bond form ($20,000) 

      Surety Bond form ($100,000) 

      Sample List of Bonding Agencies

      Salesperson Original Application 

      PSI Application for the MD HI Exam, which includes the Experience Verification Form (Page 10)


      Frequently Asked Questions

      How long is my license valid?

      Your contractor’s license in Maryland needs to be renewed every 2 years.

      Is contractor continued education required in Maryland?

      No, contractor continued education is not required in the state of Maryland.

      How long is the course?

      Contractors can complete the Contractor Licensure Exam Prep Course in 8 hours.

      Is there reciprocity with other states?

      There is no reciprocity between any other state licenses and the state of MD.

      Is the NASCLA accredited commercial contractors license accepted in Maryland?

      No, it is not. Here is a list of the states that will accept your NASCLA license:

      • Alabama - Commercial only
      • Arizona - Commercial only
      • Arkansas - Commercial and Residential - No Business Law exam required
      • Florida - Commercial and Residential
      • Georgia - Commercial and Residential
      • Louisiana - Commercial and Residential
      • Mississippi - Commercial and Residential
      • Nevada - Commercial only
      • North Carolina - Commercial and Residential - No Business Law exam required
      • Oregon - Commercial and Residential - exemption from 16-hour BCL Pre-license
      • South Carolina - Commercial and Residential
      • Tennessee - Commercial only
      • US Virgin Islands - Commercial and Residential
      • Utah - Commercial and Residential
      • Virginia - Commercial only
      • West Virginia - Commercial and Residential

      Where can I access the necessary books?

      You can get all the books and manuals needed to successfully pass this course from our bookstore.

      Can a business have more than one qualifying agent?

      Yes, it can. Just keep in mind that all agents within your business are responsible for the supervision of all operations.

      Can an individual qualify for more than one company?

      Yes, if the individual shows evidence of financial good standing and insurance to the division.

      Is there a fee for my MD license?

      Yes, there is a $325 license fee and a $305 renewal fee.

      What’s a “denial letter”?

      When an applicant has not met the requirements for a license, they will receive a denial letter. The written notice will provide the reasons for denial and additional information on how to appeal the denial.

      What’s a “deficiency letter”?

      When there is missing or additional information required, the applicant will receive a deficiency letter. This written notice will state the areas that were deficient. The letter will provide instructions on how to address all deficiencies.

      What is the exam process?

      In order to get your Maryland contractor’s license, you need to pass the Maryland Home Improvement Contractor Exam. You begin this process by submitting your application, preparing for the exam, and successfully completing and passing the exam.

      At Contractor Training, we walk you through the exam process from top to bottom. That way, you can walk into the exam knowing exactly what to expect.


      Contact Contractor Training Center Today

      There are many reasons to acquire a Maryland general contractor license. Think about the credibility you’ll give your clients as well as the enhanced earning potential.

      We understand that this process seems intimidating and perhaps overwhelming. But with our courses, tools, and resources, we make it as stress-free and simple as possible. Give Contractor Training Center a call today for additional information or to get started!

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