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How to get Your C7 Low Voltage Contractors License in CA

Learn how to get your C-7 Contractors License in California today and see if being a Low Voltage Contractor is right for you.

What is a C-7 Low Voltage Contractors License?

A C-7 Low Voltage Contractor's license allows individuals or companies to legally perform work related to low-voltage systems, such as the installation, maintenance, and repair of low-voltage electrical systems and equipment. Low-voltage systems typically operate at a voltage lower than 91 volts, and they include various systems like:

  1. Structured cabling and data networking systems.
  2. Security and surveillance systems, including CCTV installation.
  3. Audio and video systems, such as home theater and intercom systems.
  4. Access control systems.
  5. Instrumentation and temperature control systems.
  6. Telephone and communication systems.
  7. Outdoor low voltage landscape lighting.
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What if my electrical work exceeds 91 volts?

What if you're dealing with electrical work that goes beyond 91 volts? In California, when your projects involve electrical work exceeding this threshold, you generally require a C-10 Electrical Contractor's License to perform and oversee the work legally.

Does California require a Low Voltage contractor’s license?

In California, a C-7 contractor's license is mandatory for any company or individual charging $500 or more for labor and materials in low-voltage work. This requirement applies to contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, and those involved in home improvement. Obtaining a license is essential before submitting bids.

California C-7 Low Voltage License Requirements

To obtain a C-7 Low Voltage contractor's license in California, you need to meet specific requirements set by the Contractors State License Board (CSLB). These requirements include:

  • Be at least 18 years or older.This demonstrates the CSLB’s commitment to entrusting the industry to those who have reached a level of maturity and responsibility.
  • 4 years of journey level experience.When considering this requirement, you must demonstrate four years of journey-level experience within the past 10 years. This experience is typically acquired by working for a licensed C-7 Low Voltage contractor, but it can also be a combination of completed apprenticeship programs, education, and fieldwork.
  • SSN or ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number).

How do I get my California C-7 Low Voltage Contractors License?

Acquiring a C-7 Low Voltage contractor's license involves several steps, including:

Step 1: Consider the state’s requirements to determine if you qualify to sit for the exams.

Step 2: Enroll into a course with Contractors Intelligence School.

Step 3: Establish a business entity and complete the state application.

Step 4: Prepare for the state examinations by reviewing the state’s study guide and/or using study materials provided by Contractors Intelligence School.

Step 5: Schedule and pass all the required state examinations.

Step 6: Fulfill any final steps outlined by the CSLB.

What Are the Costs Associated with Obtaining a C-7 License?

The cost of obtaining a contractor’s license typically includes the following:

Costs for a C-7 Low Voltage Contractors License in California
  • Business entity registration (if applicable).This fee can vary from one county or city to another. It is best to obtain the dollar amount from the agency where you are registering your business.
  • CSLB fees. The Application for Original Contractors License is $450 and the Initial License Fee is $200 for Sole Ownership companies, and $350 for non-sole-ownership companies.
  • School fees. If you enroll into an exam preparation program, Contractors Intelligence charges between $295 and $495 for their most popular courses. Your results may vary with other schools.
  • Bonding. When you pass the state exams and before you are issued a C-7 contractor’s license, you are required to obtain a contractors bond. On average, this bond will cost $250 per year. Limited Liability Company’s (LLCs) are required to carry additional bonding, called the LLC/worker bond, which is estimated to cost $2,000 per year.
  • Insurance. Your business may have two insurance requirements: general liability insurance and workers' compensation insurance. General liability insurance is mandatory when applying for a contractor’s license as an LLC, but it's not required for the CSLB to issue a contractor's license number in other cases. To gain a better understanding of the associated costs for these insurances, it's advisable to consult a licensed insurance agent.
  • Livescan fingerprinting. When getting your livescan fingerprints done, you will pay an estimated $75. This fee typically comprises of the Department of Justice (DOJ) fee, FBI fee, and the livescan location rolling fee.

Take Action

Becoming a C-7 Low Voltage contractor opens doors to exciting opportunities in the tech and communication systems world. These contractors are essential for designing, installing, and maintaining low-voltage systems in various settings. If you're ready to kickstart your journey in the low voltage industry, don't hesitate to reach out to Contractors Intelligence School at 800-425-7570. Your future in this dynamic field awaits, and we're here to help you get started.

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