Renew My License

The deadline to renew 2022-2024 General Contractor Licenses without late penalty was October 31, 2022. Licenses that were not renewed prior to the deadline are now lapsed. Licenses may still be renewed until January 31, 2022, with late penalty. As a reminder, you must have the appropriate Financial Statement, Surety Bond or Surety Bond Continuation Certificate on file with the Board to renew. Please submit financial documentation via the Document Submission portal. You may use the Owner-Prepared Financial Statement, Doc #172, for Groups 1-4. Late penalties will be assessed on all applications postmarked November 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023.

Renew My License Online

2022-2024 General Contractor License Renewals

To begin the renewal process for your General Contractor's License, all licensees are required to submit only one of the following financial documents prior to accessing the online renewal software:

  • Financial Statement - your financial statement must have a balance sheet date within 12 months of the date renewals began (ie. after August 1, 2021) and be the appropriate financial statement to correlate with your group number (see additional information in the section below). You may use the Owner-Prepared Financial Statement, Doc #172, for Groups 1-4 or
  • Surety Bond - If this is your first time submitting a surety bond, you must provide the Surety Bond Form to your bonding company. The original surety bond must be submitted with the Surety's signature, Principal's signature, a visible surety company seal, and the Power of Attorney document attached to the form. Docusign is not an acceptable form of signature. If you already have a surety bond on file that has not yet expired, you are not required to submit anything at this time. If your surety bond has expired or is about to expire, you may submit your Surety Bond Continuation form via Document Submission. NOTE: Surety Bonds payable to the South Carolina Residential Builders Commission are not accepted by the South Carolina Contractor's Licensing Board for license renewal.

You can submit this information via the Document Submission portal using your User ID and Password. If you have forgotten or do not know these credentials, select I Forgot / Do Not Know My User ID and/or I Forgot My Password. Please submit your documentation and allow 7-10 business days for processing. You will be able to renew your license online once the information has been updated and approved. After staff reviews your documents, if additional information is required, you will be contacted by email or by phone. Documents are processed in the order received.

You will be able to renew your license online once the financial document you provided has been updated and approved to your license file. You also have the option to mail in your financial documentation, the Renewal Form (Document #176), and applicable renewal fees. To avoid the late renewal penalties, all documents must be postmarked by 10/31/2022.

Paper Applications and Forms

You must submit either the appropriate Financial Statement, Surety Bond or Surety Bond Continuation Certificate with your renewal application. Failure to submit the required financial documentation or bond will result in your license not being renewed.

Doc #176 - 2022-2024 General Contractor Renewal Application

Doc #172 - Owner-prepared Financial Statement

Surety Bond Form for General Contractors

Additional Applications and Forms:

Doc #142 - Explanatory Statement of “Yes” Answers

Doc #180 - Revision Application

Doc #165 - Initial Application/Reinstatement Application

Affidavit of Eligibility Form

Financial Statement and Surety Bond Requirements for Renewals

FINANCIAL STATEMENT AND SURETY BOND REQUIREMENTS FOR RENEWALS:

Groups 1 and 2 - (submit one)

Groups 3 and 4 - (submit one)

Group 5 - (submit one)

  • Reviewed financial statement from a licensed CPA or PA, prepared in accordance with GAAP principles, including all disclosures required by GAAP (cannot be on an “income-tax basis”); or
  • Surety Bond Form for General Contractors.

GENERAL CONTRACTORS

Group Number $ Limit Per
Job
Net Worth
Requirement
Surety Bond
Requirement
Group # 1

$50,000

$10,000

$20,000

Group # 2

$200,000

$40,000

$80,000

Group # 3

$500,000

$100,000

$200,000

Group # 4

$1,500,000

$175,000

$350,000

Group # 5

$Unlimited

$250,000

$500,000



* Verify your CPA or PA is licensed at https://cpaverify.org/.

Renewal Fees

General Contractor’s Licenses renewed on or before October 31, 2022: Fee is $135.

Renewals processed after October 31, 2022, will have late fees applied as follows:

  • November 1 - 30: Late Fee $100 + Renewal Fee $135 = $235
  • December 1 - 31: Late Fee $150 + Renewal Fee $135 = $285
  • January 1 - 31, 2023: Late Fee $200 + Renewal Fee $135 = $335
  • After January 31, 2023, you must reapply as a new applicant by submitting (1) the Initial/Reinstatement Application, Doc #165, (2) your financial document, and (3) $350 reinstatement fee.