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Old 11-14-2014, 12:01 AM   #21
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You don't need anybody's help to get a license and beware of listening to advice. Many people told me that I would not get a job in 1973 for $20 per hour when the average wages paid to plumbers was $10.50 per hour. I had a job within three days for $20.50 per hour. The reason people told me that I could not was because they could not get the job.

I had many people tell me that I could not get my plumbing contractor's license in 1974. The two people who told me tried to get their license two times and failed. I got my license on the first try.

People always tell you what can't be done because they can't do it.

Apply for your license and let whatever happens happens. You may just be surprised and get your license with little to no questions asked. I have licenses for 8 specialty trades and was never asked one time for financial records and not one Qualification form was ever questioned.

The contractor's board is not some sort of evil entity. It is in their best interest to give you a license because they make their money from license fees. They have always been very helpful, courteous and friendly. Go with the flow and don't offer any information they don't ask for.

There is not one question on the contractor license application that asks how much money you earned. Why would you think you need to have your taxes done before applying for a license. I never heard of the contractor's board asking to see tax records. Okay, so you didn't pay taxes. The contractor's board's job is not to police taxation. There job is to decide whether or not you have the qualifications to be a contractor.

So, the contractor's board asks you for some financial proof and you send copies of invoices and copies of a few checks that customers paid you and you selectively send invoices from various dates going back from four years to present. The amount of money a person pays on their taxes does not verify that the person earned that money from the construction business. Maybe, you earned that money as the manager of Burger King.

The only thing I ever saw the contractor's board do was they called some of the people who signed the Qualification Form and if they ask you for more than that then you cross that bridge when you get to it. It is not like you would have to give them tax records in a matter of minutes. I think once you apply for a license you have something like 1 to 3 years (can't remember).

Yea that's true I'm just looking for options that's why I ask on here and thank you very much your opinion mean a lot thanks
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:04 AM   #22
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The contractor's board doesn't want letters from contractors. All they want is one good Experience Qualification form and if you send two that may be better, but too much information could possibly be more harmful than good.

It almost appears that you want to invent problems. People pay the supposed contractor license gurus hundreds of dollars to fill out contractor license applications to answer the questions that a 3rd grader can answer. If you have the experience your put your name, personal information on the form, get someone to fill out a Work Experience form, put your check in the mail and wait. If something is wrong you will get a polite letter in the mail. You make the correction and send it back again. Funny thing! Every person I know who paid a guru had problems getting their license and the forms were incorrect and returned several times.

If anyone wants a California Contractor license and if anyone can get you a license then these are gurus to call. If this company can't get you a license then you will never get one anywhere else. These guys are attorneys (I think). They know every crack and hole in the system. This is not your average company that tells you they know the ropes.

Call California Concepts - (949) 770-4880

Thanks a lot again I'm going to call tomorrow morning
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If your application happens to be picked for further verification of self-employed experience then the State will send you a list of 14 documents that you can supply to further prove your experience. You don't have to send them all, just enough documentation to show you did the work (material receipts, contracts, invoices, etc.). I believe two of the options are tax related and the rest are other items that could prove you did the work. The State's focus is on whether you did the work and therefore have the experience to be a licensed contractor, not whether you paid your taxes.
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The contractor's board doesn't want letters from contractors. All they want is one good Experience Qualification form and if you send two that may be better, but too much information could possibly be more harmful than good.

It almost appears that you want to invent problems. People pay the supposed contractor license gurus hundreds of dollars to fill out contractor license applications to answer the questions that a 3rd grader can answer. If you have the experience your put your name, personal information on the form, get someone to fill out a Work Experience form, put your check in the mail and wait. If something is wrong you will get a polite letter in the mail. You make the correction and send it back again. Funny thing! Every person I know who paid a guru had problems getting their license and the forms were incorrect and returned several times.

If anyone wants a California Contractor license and if anyone can get you a license then these are gurus to call. If this company can't get you a license then you will never get one anywhere else. These guys are attorneys (I think). They know every crack and hole in the system. This is not your average company that tells you they know the ropes.

Call California Concepts - (949) 770-4880
That's pretty harsh pcplumber. Since you used the word "guru" and I'm the only "license guru" on this forum, I'm going to have to take this personally.

I've been giving free advice here since 2009 and have never asked for a dime. Yes, some people have hired me to assist, but that was there choice. I'm sure California Concepts (never heard of them btw) are not going to help the OP for free.

Many of the opinions you expressed regarding the current CSLB process are either misguided or flat out wrong. If you are a plumbing guru, you should stick with that. Bad advice such as yours is why people seek out people like me so that we can set them straight.

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If your application happens to be picked for further verification of self-employed experience then the State will send you a list of 14 documents that you can supply to further prove your experience. You don't have to send them all, just enough documentation to show you did the work (material receipts, contracts, invoices, etc.). I believe two of the options are tax related and the rest are other items that could prove you did the work. The State's focus is on whether you did the work and therefore have the experience to be a licensed contractor, not whether you paid your taxes.

But the thing is that I've been working for somebody and they paid me cash that's why I don't have nothing like invoices or receipts
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But the thing is that I've been working for somebody and they paid me cash that's why I don't have nothing like invoices or receipts
It sounds as if you have been working for the wrong contractor.
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My experience is that the licensed contractors paying these guys under the table are doing so because they don't have workers comp. The fines for not having w/c, if caught, are astronomical!

I'm sure someone at the cslb is making a list of those contractors.
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I think before this guy worries about becoming a licensed contractor, he should work on becoming a better citizen. Working without wc, not paying taxes for 4 years, and now you want to become a GC?
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I think before this guy worries about becoming a licensed contractor, he should work on becoming a better citizen. Working without wc, not paying taxes for 4 years, and now you want to become a GC?

That's what I'm saying I just got my ssn and already talk to a h&r block agent so he can do something about my past 3 years of taxes so I'm trying to fix this things step by step
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While I agree with Warren, it sounds like you are trying to do exactly that. Get licensed, pay your back taxes and get worker's comp. You know what you did was wrong and you are trying to right it. Good for you. I hope you are successful at becoming a legally operating business and good citizen.
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To the OP, go get some legit experience with a legit contractor. If you'e good, you'll be in demand and receive great compensation while you earn your hours.
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While I agree with Warren, it sounds like you are trying to do exactly that. Get licensed, pay your back taxes and get worker's comp. You know what you did was wrong and you are trying to right it. Good for you. I hope you are successful at becoming a legally operating business and good citizen.

Yea that's exactly what I'm looking forward to do that's why I'm here asking you guys and I really appreciate your opinions thanks a lot to everyone you guys help a lot
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Most of the licensed contractors in this state should not have one.

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