The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) recently announced that it has launched a series of interactive forms to help simplify the contractor license application process as well as the process that licensees are to use to change or update to their existing licenses. The upgrade includes “easy-fill” forms available on the CSLB’s Forms and Applications webpage. CSLB confirmed that the new forms will alert applicants and licensees if certain errors are made when entering information, e.g., conflicting responses to questions have been entered into the form, blank fields, etc., and prompt that other forms may need to be submitted. The new easy fill forms include the application for original contractor license, application for an additional license classification, application to replace the qualifying individual, certification of work experience, and application for home improvement salesperson registration. Once the forms are completed, they must be printed, signed, and sent to CSLB; CSLB currently does not accept electronic submissions.

As of May 1, 2017, CSLB will only accept versions of the forms with a revision date of October 2016 (“rev. 10/16” in bottom left corner) or later, all of which are currently available on the CSLB’s Forms and Applications webpage. CSLB confirmed that older versions of any forms submitted to it on or after May 1 will be returned to the applicant, along with any fees included in the submission. The applicant will then need to complete and resubmit a new application and all applicable fees.

As of July 1, 2017, fee increases also take effect. The fee increases are disclosed on the new forms.