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Old 07-09-2015, 10:50 AM   #1
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If I Am Not Licensed In AZ, Can I Hire Subcontractors That Are Licensed And Supervise


I am licensed in California. A property owner wants me to do some flooring work on his poperty in Arizona and Colorado. I would rather avoid the hassle of becoming licensed in those states. If I hire subcontractors that are licensed in each state, and who follow my instruction and supervision, can I avoid getting a license?
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You would be acting as a GC, which still typically requires a license. In other cases, you could be construed to be an agent, which would require a business license

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I believe that California and Arizona have reciprocity, that is the system set up to obtain a contractors license is streamlined between these states and may not be as difficult as you think.
I have not had a chance to go through this though so take this for what it is worth (not much).

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I'm not an Attorney (but I play one on TV ), but I would think you could act as a consultant for your friend on the projects as long as HE's the one who signs the contracts, not you. In that situation, he would be the homeowner hiring out his project and signs all the contracts.

You, as his friend.... are there in his absence to make sure they go forward as he wishes them to go.
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I am licensed in California. A property owner wants me to do some flooring work on his poperty in Arizona and Colorado. I would rather avoid the hassle of becoming licensed in those states. If I hire subcontractors that are licensed in each state, and who follow my instruction and supervision, can I avoid getting a license?
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From what I read, you apply with a waiver of the exam. It does sound like it might be a bit easier than thought
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Thank you for your replies. I have heard from other contractors that it is not uncommon (at least in California) for a contractor unlicensed in the state to use another contractor's license to get a bond. We're not trying to avoid responsibility, and plan to take all necessary steps to insure and ensure our work.
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i have looked into Arizona's license reciprocity, and at the very least I would have to take and pass a business management. There is no reciprocity for "speialty" contractors (including flooring), but all except for wood flooring do not require trade exams, and thus I would not need to take one to acquire a license. Despite that, my main concern would be to begin work on this project ASAP.
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Edited: Do the owner a favor and tell him to find someone who can do it legally. Trying to do it illegally will expose the owner to liability, and will not be doing him a favor.

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