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How to become a licensed general contractor in Nebraska

Aug 28, 2023 · 4 minutes to read

In the world of contractor licensing, Nebraska stands as a beacon of simplicity. While some states might overwhelm aspiring contractors with complex processes and endless requirements, Nebraska’s approach to getting a general contractor license is refreshingly straightforward.

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This guide will serve as your trusty roadmap. We’ll break down the necessary steps and requirements to ensure your journey to start a contractor business in Nebraska is smooth and avoids unexpected detours.

Getting a contractor license in Nebraska

Unlike the layers of requirements by other states, Nebraska offers a streamlined process for obtaining a general contractor’s license. The entire licensing procedure is housed under the Department of Labor’s website, ensuring a centralized and organized process.

Becoming a licensed contractor in Nebraska

  1. Beginning the Process: Begin your application by heading to the Department of Labor’s website. Upon creating a log-in, you can of officially begin your journey to register as a contractor in Nebraska.
  2. What you’ll be asked to provide during registration:
  • Personal Details: This includes your full name and date of birth.
  • Business Specifics: Business type (LLC, sole proprietorship, etc.), federal ID number, DBA, official business name, business address, and contact numbers.
  • Service and Employee Overview: Description of your services, NAICS code, and employee count.
  • Affiliates Information: Details about officers, members, subcontractors, including their names, job titles, and contacts.
  1. Insurance: Contractors with one or more employees are required to provide proof of Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Additionally, you may be asked to submit information about your General Liability coverage.
  2. Payment and Finalization: After inputting the necessary information, submit a license registration fee to finalize your application. This can be paid online for your convenience.

Special Notes:

  • Unlike many other states, you do not need to pass an exam to become a general contractor in Nebraska.
  • Specialty contractors may be asked to register and carry specific county or state-issued licenses. Ensure you’re aware of any specialty-specific regulations.
  • Contractors running multiple businesses can register them through the same Department of Labor portal.

Electrical contractor licensing in Nebraska

To practice as an electrician or any specialized contractor, you’ll have to get a specialized license. In Nebraska, electrical contractors are regulated by the Nebraska State Electrical Division.

To obtain a license, contractors have two options: complete a four-year electrical course from an accredited institution and add a year’s experience as a journeyman electrician. Or, if you come in with more experienced, simply demonstrate five years of in-depth electrical experience.

Electrical contractors aren’t required to sit for a separate licensing exam. This is because journeyman electricians have already undergone an examination process.

BizInsure: The insurance partner trusted by general contractors

While Nebraska offers a straightforward path to getting a contractor license, running a contractor business can bring unexpected challenges. Every project has its risks and navigating through them requires more than just expertise. It requires solid protection.

At BizInsure, we’re committed to simplifying your insurance needs as efficiently as Nebraska simplifies its licensing. Protect your business from the unpredictable with insurance solutions for contractors. Get your free quote from BizInsure today!

This information is a general guide only and does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Always check with your local licensing board when getting or renewing your contractor license to ensure you are meeting their current licensing requirements.
As with any insurance, coverage will be subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions contained in the policy wording. The information contained on this guide is general only and should not be relied upon as advice. The number of quotes provided varies between products, occupations and other underwriting factors determined by the insurers.
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