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Applying for a license? Plan ahead!

CCB is just finishing our busiest season, and we're experiencing delays. Some applications take up to 8 weeks to process, especially when there are errors. Submit your application as early as possible! You can streamline the process by:
  • Closely following the instructions on the form
  • Submitting a complete application
  • Including all required additional documents
Errors can cause delays, so double check your work before sending it to CCB, or contact us directly to ask questions.

Do you ​need a license?

Generally, Oregon law requires anyone who works for compensation in any construction activity involving improvements to real property to be licensed. Learn more​.

Licensing steps:

1. Complete the 16-hour pre-license training and take the exam. Select a Responsible Managing Individual to complete the training and exam. Find a list of approved pre-license educators here​. Once you have taken the training, you will be directed to take the test from your pre-license training provider.

2. Dete​rmine your endorsement type. For more information about endorsement and structure types, click here.

3. File your corporation, LLC, and/or assumed business name.
File with the Oregon Secretary of State, Corporation Division or visit For more information about setting up your business, click here

4. Submit a CCB surety bond in the required amount(s). 
Find your proper bond amount.​

5. Provide proof of general liability insurance in the required amount.
​​Make sure it names Construction Contractors Board as the Certificate Holder.

6. Obtain workers’ compensation insurance if you will be hiring employees
For more information about workers compensation, talk to an insurance agent, visit the Oregon Workers' Compensation Division website or call 503-947-7810. Learn more about who is exempt and non-exempt here.​

7. Obtain other employer account numbers
You may need state and federal tax numbers, for example. For information, contact the Oregon Department of Revenue​​​ at 503-378-4988 or the Internal Revenue Service​ at 1-800-356-4222.

8. Complete an applicationClick here to access forms.​

9. Submit your application. ​Must include:​

  • ​Your original bond (Do not submit separately)
  • Insurance certificate (Do not submit separately)
  • $325 fee for a two-year license​​ (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or check)​



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