Roofing Contractor License Verification and Licensing Requirements by State
Roof Online Staff, Updated May 15, 2021
Roofing Contractor Licensing Requirements in the U.S.
There are no national licensing requirements for roofing contractors in the United States.
Some states require roofing contractors to have roofing contractor licenses specifically, 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.
Contractor licenses are generally only valid in the state where they were issued. If a roofing contractor does business in more than one state, they will need to register in each jurisdiction, and there will be a separate record in each place where they are permitted to operate.
Hire a Licensed Roofing Contractor
Make sure the contractor is licensed to do business in your state! This has all kinds of legal consequences.
Consider that if a contractor is willing to operate without a license, he’s probably willing to operate without getting his other paperwork in order, either. This includes permits, warranties, insurance, and even the roofing contract.
If he’ll take shortcuts with the law, he’ll probably take shortcuts with your roof.
This can end up costing you a lot of money down the road.
Looking up a Roofing Contractor’s License
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 in your state. Less trustworthy contractors often won’t.
Once you are on your state government website, you should be able to type the roofing contractor’s business name into the database search field and get a result.
If you have a license number that you want to check, there should also be a search field for that.
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.
About the Links on this Page
The first link under each state takes you to the state licensing requirements webpage so you can see what contractors have to do to get licensed.
The second link takes you to the state database page where you can search by the license number to see if it’s valid, or the roofing contractor’s company name to see if they have a license.
We try to keep these links up-to-date, but a lot of state governments have outdated websites and they are just now getting around to updating their sites.
Because of these updates, occasionally a link will change and you will click on one of the links we provide and it won’t work properly.
If this happens, go to the home page of the state government website. There will be a general “search this website” field at the top or the side of the page. Search for “Contractor License Look Up” or “Verify Contractor License” and it should show you the page that you want.
In Colorado, roofers are not licensed at the state level. Many Colorado cities and counties have their own licensing requirements, rules, and regulations.
Look for the building inspector’s office or the building department on the municipal websites.
Verify Contractor’s License – Colorado Towns and Cities – This link takes you to a list of municipal websites in Colorado.
Verify Contractor’s License – Colorado Counties – This link takes you to a list of county websites in Colorado.
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.Look for the building inspector’s office or the building department on the municipal websites.
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. Look for the building inspector’s office or the building department on the municipal websites.
Verify Contractor’s License – Missouri (Business license only.)
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. Look for the building inspector’s office or the building department on the municipal websites.
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. Look for the building inspector’s office or the building department on the municipal websites.
Verify Contractor’s License – Ohio (Business license only.)
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.” They charge a dollar per search.
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. This is kind of like a business license and worth checking.
Verify Contractor’s License – Washington, DC – Unfortunately, Washington, D.C. now requires you to register an account with the city website in order to access the contractor license verification service. You have to give them your phone number and email address.