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Old 10-02-2006, 12:50 PM   #1
 
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Hey, everyone. Yeah, I know its been a while since the last time I posted anything, but life's been hectic. My husband and I are finally settled into Mercer County, NJ and slowly but surely building the business back up. It sucks to have an established biz in one place and have to start all over again in another.

Anyway, we submitted our application for a NJ contractor registration number in the middle of July and haven't gotten anything back from them yet (and forget trying to get through to them on the phone). I have a sneaking suspicion the state's going to take forever to issue us a number. In the meantime, we're doing business as usual because we can't stay unemployed for however long it takes the State to give us a number. We've got bills to pay. Unfortunately, we won't be able to do any permit-pulling work since we can't get a permit without a friggin' registration #. That severely limits the services we can provide our customers.

So, I'm wondering if any of you NJ guys/girls could give me an idea of how long it took you to get your registration # from the State and how this new state regulation has affected (or not affected) your business.

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Old 10-02-2006, 12:57 PM   #2
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Sounds like the bafoons that run our government.

I would keep working without it as long as I had to as well

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Its been running well over 6 months to get registration numbers. In the meantime, there's a form that was issued by the state that you can use that states that you've submitted your registration and are awaiting your number. This will allow you to pull permits- without the form or the registration number, you're SOL if you try to get a permit.

Welcome to NJ, BTW- if there's anything I can help wth, feel free to ask.

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Yeah, - - if I remember right, - - it took me about 6 months and I had it filled out and sent in within a few hours of the first possible time.

Except for the 'permit' aspect, - - they don't seem to be enforcing anyone having it.

So they claim it's there to 'protect' homeowners, - - when in effect all it does is inconvenience (and cost) the 'legitimate' . . .

Just another Jersey-cash-cow.

Oh yeah, - - welcome 'back' to New Jersey.
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Its been running well over 6 months to get registration numbers. In the meantime, there's a form that was issued by the state that you can use that states that you've submitted your registration and are awaiting your number.
Sorry to awaken a ten day old post... I am in the same position. I was wondering where you can find that form you mentioned. Thanks in advance, sir! --Terrence
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The way i did it is i went to the office in Newark personally and put in the application. Then the clerk gave me the copy of the application stamped RECEIVED. That was good enough to pull permits. But i have heard that some townships didn't accept that........well thats NJ for you. Good luck.
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In CA when my husband applied for his contractor's license, the whole process took about 6 months just to get a test date. I wrote a letter claiming Financial Hardship and asked that we get a test date ASAP, and we did get one shortly after- not sure if it was because of the letter or not, because like I said it took 6-months total.

Couldn't the HO's pull the permits themselves in the meanwhile?
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It took me a year to get mine. When I submitted my app. it was in the middle of my insurance year and when they finally started to work on my license my app showed the insurance date as expired even though the reality was that my insurance was already renewed, just not on the dates shown on my app. I called them and told them if they hadn't taken so long to get to my app. my insurance wouldn't have looked like it was expired.
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Couldn't the HO's pull the permits themselves in the meanwhile?

That's what I would do if I was waiting for my registration.

The part that cracks me up is, - - while the 'legitamates' are waiting for their proper paperwork, - - the customer goes and hires a 'fly-by-night', - - then when the job goes sour, - - the front page of the newspaper says "another homeowner ripped off by contractor"!!

What a system!!
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It took me a year to get mine. When I submitted my app. it was in the middle of my insurance year and when they finally started to work on my license my app showed the insurance date as expired even though the reality was that my insurance was already renewed, just not on the dates shown on my app. I called them and told them if they hadn't taken so long to get to my app. my insurance wouldn't have looked like it was expired.

Sheesh!! Amazing, ain't it??

And how about 'renewal'??, - - mine's up in December . . .
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Took me 9 months , 2 checks form me (they lost the first) a second insurance cert. (the first one expired before the license was issued) 5 calls by by my local legislator (clown) and 3 letters from my attorney.
My attorney did speak with the person running the dept who stated that they were overwhelmed with responses. During this time the state allowed you to pull a permit if necessary ( it is not too big) wiyth an affidavit stating license applied for. I heard though that the only persons that this worked for were very large contractors working on huge projects-- no decks or additions. Home owners were still pulling permits like before last I heard.

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I know NJ is a beautiful state, but I often hear terrible things about it.
I know a guy who refers to NJ as , "The people's republic of New Jersey."
What he says he has to go through, just for his vehicle and other taxes, boggles me.
Things are not so rosey where I am at, but compared to what I hear coming out of NJ, it is rosey, on paper anyway.
Like I said, I like the state a lot, but it seems like a better place to visit than to live.
Don't take this as a shot at all, it's more of an observation if anything.
Been hearing things from different sources.
Now it's time for mudjunk to come in whining and crying claiming that I am not being nice and saying the PC things that I 'should' be saying....
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I know NJ is a beautiful state, but I often hear terrible things about it.
I know a guy who refers to NJ as , "The people's republic of New Jersey."
Being we are between NYC and Phila., we are also known as "The Armpit of the Nation"

I was born and raised here and could care less about anybody trashing the state. The one thing you can't argue about is you can make a buck here for sure. The trouble is once you make it, get the heck out of the state or you'll just pay it all back.
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I applied 4 mine approx. nov-dec '05 and got it about a month and a half later. I called and raised hell approx once/week. good luck
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maybe I should just become a dentist...
sounds like it's way easier!
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Finally got the registration number the other day. So, that makes it about 3 months. Not great, but not as long as I feared either.

About NJ...born and raised here. Spent the last 15 years in Georgia. Returned to NJ 4 months ago. Never been more amazed by the number of hoops a person has to jump to live and work in this state and never, in all my life, been more amazed by the overall crochety and impatient attitude of the people who live here. If it weren't for being my home state full of family and friends, it has little redeeming value to it, except that it sells alcohol on Sundays.

...And don't ever tell me people in the South are slow! With all the red tape, systems, procedures, checks, and double-checks that exist up here, I can't even pick my nose without having to get some official written document from some superflous authority who will take weeks to issue a statement telling me its okay for me to pick my nose (but my insurance won't cover it-lol)!!!!!

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Then don't try scratching your ass.
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Took less than 1 month. I got the insurance 1st! I filled out the papers in early August. I got the approval in early September with one problem on the paperwork. I was all ready to pay the additional filing fee but at the end I did not. October I got the finalized number.

Here is the kicker. Number is good till December (whopping two months) then I have to pay another $100.00. Seems instead of doing it by end of year for each filing date, they litterly do it end of year for everyone.

How did you submit all the paperwork? I certified mailed it. I made copies of everything for them. I typed up the paperwork. My wife is a type A and double checks everything - so I think that helped alot.
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they typically have been sending out reminders to renew online via credit card approx 2 months prior to the years end if you are already licensed, I just received mine a few days ago. trust me, If you want to save yourself a boatload of hassle, i'd renew online as per the reminder

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