Contractors License Board

Contractor License Classification Descriptions

Contractor License Categories

  • Entity
  • Responsible Managing Employee
  • Sole Proprietor

APPLICANTS…

Do I need a license...

Generally, anyone who offers to, holds oneself out as able to, or contracts to perform residential, commercial, or public works construction, alterations, or improvements must hold a contractor license.

Refer to FAQs for more info…

Check on the status of your application...

Check the status of your Pending Application at

https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/pvlsearch/ (Select “Pending Application”)

Please allow up to 7 business days for receipt and record of your status to appear on the web site

Application processing time is generally 15-20 business days, from receipt of a completed application.

Processing time may be longer or delayed for reasons below:

  • Application incomplete (missing information, fees, documents)
  • Pending receipt of 3rd party documents (education, experience, employment)
  • Pending Exam or Board/Program approval

 

ALREADY LICENSED…

Maintain and Update Insurance Requirements...

ALL ACTIVE CONTRACTORS

ENTITY-CORPORATION, PARTNERSHIP, JOINT VENTURE, LLP OR LLC AND SOLE PROPRIETORS MUST…

Maintain continuous insurance coverage throughout licensure and keep on file in the board’s office evidence of such coverage.

Failure to maintain continuous liability and workers’ compensation coverage’s causes automatic forfeiture of license, and if continuous coverage is not reinstated within sixty (60) days, shall require the entity, the entity’s RME and sole proprietors to apply as a new applicant.

 

SUBMIT UPDATES TO: LIABILITY AND WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE CERTIFICATES ONLINE FOR FASTER PROCESSING

It is recommended that your insurance agent use the Online Insurance Certificate Information Submittal System at: pvl.ehawaii.gov/inikua/public/welcome.html

Emailed certificates are not accepted for processing

 

LICENSEES MAY BE ABLE TO FILE FOR AN EXCLUSION FROM CHAPTER 386, HRS FORM (Workers’ Compensation Insurance)

Exclusions:

  • Corporations WHEN the RME owns at least 50% of the corporation and there are NO OTHER EMPLOYEES
  • Partnership with NO EMPLOYEES (does not apply to LLPs)
  • Single member, member managed LLC’s with NO EMPLOYEES
  • Sole proprietors with NO EMPLOYEES
  • Out-of state contractor with NO EMPLOYEES in Hawaii

Bond Requirements...

The contractors license board may require each licensee, applicant, individual or corporate contractor to put up a bond…

IF REQUIRED: Contractor must maintain surety bond coverage throughout licensure and keep on file in the board’s office evidence of such coverage.

Failure to maintain bond causes automatic forfeiture of license, and if bond coverage is not reinstated within sixty (60) days, shall require the licensee to apply as a new applicant.

 

BOND COVERAGE OR CHANGE

BOND WAIVER REQUESTS

All licensees are required to maintain any surety bond imposed by the Board for at least one (1) year before requesting a waiver of the surety bond.

Entity-RME Dependency Requirements...

ENTITY…

If for any reason the Responsible Managing Employee leaves the contracting entity, the contracting entity must notify the Board within 60 days.

Within 90 days of the RME leaving the contracting entity, the contracting entity must:

  1. File an application to qualify a new RME
  2. Appoint an appropriate licensed RME or
  3. File an application to place the license on an inactive status

 

Failure to notify the board and apply for a new RME or place the license on an inactive status within the required time period causes the license to be FORFEITED automatically.

 

RME…

RMEs who leave a contracting entity shall notify the Board within 60 days.

Within 90 days of leaving the RME must:

  1. Apply to become a contracting entity
  2. Obtain employment with another contracting entity or
  3. File an application to place the license on an inactive status

 

Failure to do so within the required time period will cause the automatic FORFEITURE of the license. 

 

Apply for Other Changes (Status, Conversion, RME...

Use Form for:

  • Changing from conditional to unconditional status
  • Entity with current license appointing a new RME or additional RME with current license
  • Joint Venture (JV)
  • RME changing entity affiliation or presently a sole proprietor going to be an RME
  • RME for more than one contracting entity (dual status)
  • Conversion to another entity
  • Presently active and reactivating C-19 asbestos class (RME and sole proprietor only)

Inactivate or Reactivate Your License...

INACTIVATE LICENSE

Please be advised that a licensee on inactive status shall be considered as unlicensed and shall not engage in the practice of the licensed profession or vocation.

Any person who violates this prohibition shall be subject to discipline under this chapter and the laws and rules of the licensing authority for that license.

It shall be the responsibility of each licensee on inactive status to maintain knowledge of current licensing and renewal requirements

 

REACTIVATE LICENSE

 

Request for Address, Name Change or Duplicate License (pocket ID/wall certificate)

Incomplete requests will not be processed.

Please allow twenty (20) business days from receipt of your request:

  • For your change of name or address to be posted in our database
  • For your duplicate pocket ID or Wall Certificate to be mailed out

(Please note that your records will be updated only if your license is current.)

Request for a License Verification

Verification of licenses can be done on-line at no cost using our license search site at https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/pvlsearch.

You or the requesting agency will be able to obtain information such as original license date, license expiration date, license status, disciplinary action, etc.

The information downloaded from this site is official license information which state boards or other individuals can download for themselves.

If the above is not acceptable, please submit a written request.

Request must include:

  • The license name and license number
  • The complete name and mailing address that the verification is to be mailed to
  • Check for $15 license verification fee (check payable to Commerce and Consumer Affairs)

Mail Request To:

Licensing Branch-License Verification
P.O. Box 3469
Honolulu, HI 96801

Please allow twenty (20) business days from receipt of your request for PVL standard verification reports to be mailed out.

Contractor Laws and Rules (HRS/HAR)

RENEWAL AND RESTORATION…

MyPVL...

What is MyPVL?

MyPVL is a home for all PVL licensees to access information and services 24/7 from a single dashboard.

  • View your license information (status, insurance, class, employees etc…)
  • Renew your license online (August – September even numbered years)
  • Update your address with your online renewal
  • Print a copy of your online renewal

How do I access MyPVL?

“Sign up” for a free eHawaii.gov account or “login” with your existing eHawaii.gov account at pvl.ehawaii.gov

How to sign up/create free eHawaii.gov account -view help video

How to retrieve password, already have an account -view help video

Renewal Requirements...

RENEWAL INFORMATION

Biennial by September 30 every even numbered year.

On-time renewals for the licensing period of October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2020 begins August 6, 2018 and ends September 30, 2018

Renew Online:

https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/mypvl

Renewals Accepted: August 6, 2018 to September 30, 2018
Renewal Hardcopy Forms Mailed: August 3, 2018
Renew By License Expiration: September 30, 2018

 

On-Time Cost to Renew
Contractor (CT) Entity – active status, $353.00
Contractor (CT) Sole Proprietor – active status, $353.00
Contractor (CT) RME  – active status, $208.00
Contractor (CT) ALL – inactive status, $160.00

 

PROCESSING TIME FOR RENEWALS:  (Early submittals are strongly recommended)
  • Processing times are average and subject to licensee meeting all requirements.
  • Processing times may be longer due to high volume of renewals received.
Online Hardcopy
3-5 Business Days 14-21 Business Days
Pocket IDs issued 7-14 Business Days After Renewal is Processed and License is Renewed.
CHECK THE STATUS OF YOUR RENEWAL AT: https://pvl.ehawaii.gov/search  (select “Pending Application”)

All licenses, regardless of issuance date, are subject to renewal by September 30 of each even-numbered year.

Licenses not renewed by the renewal date of September 30 of each even-numbered year are forfeited and the holders of forfeited licenses are considered unlicensed and may not practice.

The forfeited license may be restored within 60 days and subject to meeting restoration requirements.

 

CONTRACTOR RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS (for the licensing period of October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2020)

FIRMs and SOLE PROPRIETORs (Active Status) Must be current with the below at the time of renewal:

General liability insurance, valid thru October 1, 2018
Workers compensation insurance, valid thru October 1, 2018 (If no employees-must have filed exclusion from chapter 386, HRS form)
Bond (if required to maintain), valid thru October 1, 2018
Tax clearance or tax compliance letter from the Hawaii Department of Taxation, no older than 6 months of October 1, 2018
Designated Principal RME (All RMEs must also be renewed before license will be renewed.)

 

RMEs (Active Status)

Employer must also be renewed before license will be renewed.
RMEs with C-19 Asbestos classification cannot renew online and must submit proof of asbestos training and hardcopy renewal form to be renewed.

 

Hardcopy renewal form may be requested 8 weeks before license expiration by contacting:  The Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch at (808) 586-3000 OR

Pick up at office location: King Kalakaua Building 335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Hours of Operation: The DCCA will be open 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM (Hawaii Standard Time), Monday to Friday, except state holidays.

Restoration Requirements...

RESTORATION INFORMATION

The forfeited license may be restored within 60 days and subject to meeting restoration requirements.

Restorations of forfeited licenses are accepted until November 30 of the even-numbered year with a penalty fee.  After November 30, restoration is not accepted and a new application for a license is required.

Failure to restore a forfeited license within 60 days after the renewal date will result in the termination of the license and the person must apply as a new applicant and meet current licensing requirements.

Cost to Restore (late renewal)
Contractor (CT) Entity – active status, $403.00
Contractor (CT) Sole Proprietor – active status, $403.00
Contractor (CT) RME  – active status, $258.00
Contractor (CT) ALL – inactive status, $210.00

Hardcopy restoration form may be requested by contacting:  The Professional and Vocational Licensing Branch at (808) 586-3000 OR

Pick up at office location: King Kalakaua Building 335 Merchant Street, Rm. 301 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Hours of Operation: The DCCA will be open 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM (Hawaii Standard Time), Monday to Friday, except state holidays.

Pursuant to Section 436B-14.5, HRS , any license held by a member of the armed forces, National Guard, or a reserve component that expires, is forfeited, or deemed delinquent while the member is on active duty and deployed during a state or national crisis shall be restored if certain restoration requirements are met. Military Renewal and Restoration Information Sheet.

REGULATING BODY…

Contractors License Board

Board Composition (13 Members)

John Polischeck, Jr., Industry, Chairperson

Tyrus Kagawa, Industry, Vice-Chairperson

Anacleto “Joey” Alcantara, Jr., Industry

Leslie Isemoto, Industry/Big Island

Nathan T. Konishi, Industry/Kauai

Peter H. M. Lee, Public

Leonard K. P. Leong, Industry

Danny T. Matsuoka, Public

Kent Matsuzaki, Industry

Kenneth T. Shimizu, Industry/Maui

Nicholas W. Teves, Jr., Industry

Vacant, Industry

Vacant, Public

 Qualifications

5 General Contractors

5 Specialty Contractors

3 Public

Contractors License Board Meeting Schedule

Meeting agendas are posted on the State Calendar site at least six calendar days before the meeting.

The current applicant list will be posted not less than fourteen (14) days prior to each Board meeting date and will be removed one (1) day after the scheduled Board meeting is held.

Current Applicant List

Applications Committee and Board Meeting Schedule 

Contractors License Board Meeting Minutes