Quick Reference: Roofing Contractor Licensing and License Verification
(Updated April 2019)
There are no national licensing requirements for roofing contractors in the United States. Some states specifically require roofing contractors to have roofing contractor licenses, some states require roofing contractors to hold building contractor or home improvement licenses, and some states do not require roofing contractors to be licensed at all, and leave it up to local authorities.
The following links will take you to the official state web pages that explain the licensing requirements for roofing contractors in each state, as well as the pages where you can verify a contractor's license. In cases where no contractor license is required for roofing contractors, we provide a link that lets you verify a contractor's business license, so you can at least tell if a roofer has a valid license to do business. On many of these sites, after you've got your search results back, clicking on the contractor's name or license number will bring up more information about the contractor, such as how long they've been in business.
Verify Contractor's License - Colorado. This link takes you to a list of municipal websites in Colorado. Colorado contractors are licensed at the local level, so license verification must be done through the municipalities.
Indiana Business Owner's Guide. Quoted from the site: "The only construction contractors licensed by the State of Indiana are plumbers. Many of the other specific areas require local licensing which vary by city and county." See here for a list of municipal websites in Indiana.
Kentucky.gov - County Information page. This page lets you find municipal websites in Kentucky. Kentucky contractors may or may not have licensing requirements at the local level; the local websites are where you have to check for this information.
Verify Contractor's License - Kentucky (Business license only.)
Mo.gov - City and County Government. This page lets you find municipal websites in Missouri. Missouri contractors may or may not have licensing requirements at the local level; the local websites are where you have to check for this information.
Contractor licensing in New York is done at the local level. This is a list of New York counties. Municipality websites can be reached from the pertinent county page on that list, and most county websites as well. A list of New York county websites can also be found here.
Contractor licensing in Ohio is done at the local level. You can find a directory of Ohio municipal websites on this page: Ohio.gov - Local Government.
Texas is difficult. Contractor licensing in Texas is done at the local level (if it's done at all). You can find a directory of Texas municipal websites on this page: Texas Municipal League - City Officials Directory.
Verify Contractor's License - Texas Secretary of State OnLine Access (SOSDirect) "The Secretary of State OnLine Access (SOSDirect) web access system provides subscribers with up-to-date, on-line computer access to a variety of information maintained by the Office of the Secretary of State."
Verify Contractor's License - Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts - Taxable Entity Search This only allows you to verify that a company has registered as a "taxable entity" in Texas.