How Criminal History Affects the Licensing Application Process for Contractors
When applying for a contractor’s license with Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB), it is important to consider your criminal history and how it can affect your application process. If you have been convicted of a crime, you must indicate so on your license application. This may result in the Board requesting you to appear at a meeting to discuss your application, qualifications, and the underlying conviction(s).
If you have been convicted of a felony, the CILB may deny licensure based upon the severity of the crime, the relationship of the crime to contracting, or the potential for public harm. Additionally, the CILB must consider the length of time since the offense occurred and any rehabilitative evidence provided by the applicant. A felony conviction, strictly on its own, is not justification for the CILB to deny a license.
Therefore, your unique circumstances and personal history since the time the charge(s) occurred are all taken into account by the CILB when considering your application. A thorough and articulate explanation could mean the difference between your license being granted or denied.
If you are looking to apply for a contractor’s license and are concerned with how your specific criminal history will affect the process, the aide of an attorney who has experience with the CILB can help you protect your professional future.
With over 30 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Howell, Buchan & Strong can assist you in applying for your contractor’s license and represent you in front of the Construction Industry Licensing Board. Contact our Firm at (941) 779-4348 for a free consultation to speak with an attorney.