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Capitol Connection 12/14/2020

Government Delays Under Covid Rules For Processing Paperwork And Licensing With A Felony Conviction

The CSLB does a great job, but sometimes external issues can slow down the wheels of progress. That can affect your license so it’s important to know as our first contractor has discovered. Being ahead of the curve is a better place to be…

Shauna Krause, writer of Capitol Connection

Q:  Our Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) left our company at the end of last year and our license is due to Suspend at the beginning of next month.  We have hired a new employee with a license and he is aware he will need to Inactivate his license in order to be added to ours, however according to the CSLB processing times it will take several weeks for them to process the application. The law says that the Qualifier should be replaced within 90 days, so if we get our application in before the 90 days will the CSLB keep our license Active since we are technically complying with the law and the Suspension would be due to their processing delay?

A:  The CSLB will not automatically keep your license active.  The CSLB has to abide by what the law states and it’s up to the contractor to prepare for processing times to make changes to their license in a timely manner.  However, the good news is once you have an application in process, assuming you get it submitted before the 90-day deadline, you can request (in writing) a 90-day extension which should buy you enough time to not go Suspended. This is especially important now as some delays are being caused by Covid-19 changes. 

Q:  Can I get a Contractor’s License if I have a felony in my past?

A:  The conviction alone does not prevent you from obtaining a Contractor License.  Each conviction is reviewed by the CSLB, and in most instances only becomes an issue if they determine that the crime is “substantially related” to the Contractor’s ability to perform work in a safe and responsible manner.

With space limits here and some government delays, Capitol Services is ready to assist contractors with any additional questions or issues, as we have for more than 30 years as your expert licensing resource.