How to Check the Status of Your California Contractors License Application

Applying for a California Contractors License is a significant step toward building a successful construction business in California. You’ve taken the test and passed – but now you don’t know where your application is in the process. Or maybe you took the test a while ago and aren’t sure where you are and what the next steps are.

In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of checking the status of your California Contractors License Application, so you can know exactly where you are in the process of becoming a California contractor. Let’s dive in!

Step #1: Gather Your Application Details

Prepping for the Check

Like any application check, you’ll need to have all of your information on hand to even perform the check. Before checking your application’s status, ensure you have the following information handy:

  • Your Application Fee Number: This number is assigned to your application when you pay the initial application fee.
  • Your Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN): The CSLB will use this to identify your application.

With this information on hand, you can easily check the status of your application. 

Step #2: Visit the CSLB Website

Navigating to the Right Place

To check the status of your California Contractors License Application, you’ll need to head to the Contractors State License Board’s website. Once there, follow these simple steps:

Locate the “Online Services” menu.

  1. Click on the “Check a License” or “Check an Application” link.

You can also go directly to the Application Check Status page by clicking this link.

Step #3: Enter Your Information

Getting Down to Business

On the “Check an Application” page, you’ll need to input the necessary details:

  1. Type in your Application Fee Number or Contractor PIN # in the box. They may ask you to provide your SSN or ITIN in the next step, where applicable.

After entering your information, click the “Submit” button to proceed.

Step #4: Review Your Application Status

Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse

Once you’ve submitted your information, the CSLB will provide an overview of your application’s current status. This will include:

  • The current processing stage: This indicates which part of the licensing process your application is in, such as background check, exam scheduling, or bond submission. 
  • Any outstanding requirements: If there are any missing documents or unfulfilled requirements, the CSLB will list them here.

Any and all of these steps will help you understand where your application is at, and any steps you may need to take to complete your application. Any further information you may need can be acquired by contacting the CSLB directly.

What to Do if Your Application is Delayed or Denied

Navigating Potential Roadblocks

If your application is delayed or denied, don’t worry – the CSLB is there to help you move through the process. Usually, the information to fix your delay or denial will be available online in your application status, but you may need to take further steps to understand the issues.

To resolve any problems, take the following steps:

  1. Review the CSLB’s feedback and identify the specific issue(s).
  2. Gather any necessary documentation or complete any required actions, such as retaking an exam or providing additional references.
  3. Contact the CSLB directly if you need further clarification or guidance.

By proactively addressing any delays or denials, you’ll increase your chances of successfully obtaining your California Contractors License – so you can get to work right away and start making more of that beautiful, beautiful green.


Checking the status of your California Contractors License Application is a crucial aspect of staying informed and ensuring a successful licensing process. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can confidently monitor your application’s progress and address any potential roadblocks that may arise.

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About CSLS

Contractors State License Service (CSLS) is the largest school in California devoted to the Construction professional. For over 23 years, CSLS has helped its students pass the exam to become licensed contractors in the State of California, licensing more students than any other school. From our main offices in Southern California, CSLS operates over 25 locations with full-service support and classrooms. We have grown to this extent by providing quality, professional services. In comparison, this provides 7 times the number of convenient locations than the second largest contractor school. Contractors State License Services is one of the only contractor schools in the state that is run by educators, not lawyers or people mostly interested in the bonding and insurance business. Contractors State License Services formerly operated under the oversight of the State of California's Bureau for Private Post Secondary and Vocational Education. As of January 1 2010, the new Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) came into existence replacing the BPPVE. CSLS now operates under the provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (CPPEA), Article 4 Section 94874(f). Our Mission is simple; We can help you pass your California Contractors License Exam. Celebrating our 25th year, CSLS has helped over 120,000 students pass the California contractor licensing exam to become licensed contractors in the State of California. Additionally, we offer complete home study and online contractor’s license programs to help you pass your California contractors license exam. CSLS offers licensing classes for all types of contractor licenses, including General Engineering Contractor, General Building Contractor, Specialty Contractor, Insulation and Acoustical Contractor, Framing and Rough Carpentry Contractor, Cabinet, Millwork and Finish Carpentry Contractor, Concrete Contractor, Drywall Contractor, Electrical Contractor, Elevator Contractor, Landscaping Contractor, Warm-Air Heating, Ventilating and Air-Conditioning Contractor, and many others. For a complete list of contractor licenses, visit and tuned for more informative posts.