How to Become a General Contractor in Georgia

If you’re interested in becoming a general contractor as an individual in Georgia, there are many things you need to know. This article will answer the questions you have.

How Much Does a Georgia Contractor License Cost?

The application fee for the individual general contractor license in Georgia is $200, payable to the “State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors”. The fee is non-refundable and must be made by check or money order.

What do I Need to Submit with my Application to be a Contractor In Georgia?

A completed application includes:

  • Application for Licensure
  • Employment Affidavit
  • Reference letter from Certified Public Accountant
  • Authorization for Release of Information
  • Consent for Background Check
  • Reference letter from Engineer, Architect, or other authorized professional.
  • Application fee
  • Official college transcript (if applicable)
  • List of affiliations


How Long Do I Have to Complete the Licensing Process?

From the time your application is approved by the Licensing Board, each candidate has one year to complete the licensing process. If you do not pass the examination within one year after the second attempt, you must reapply with the licensing board.


I’m a General Contractor in Another State. Does Georgia Have Reciprocity with Other States?

Yes. You must hold a commercial license with a classification of “building construction” and you must have obtained the license by examination. Reciprocity is not available for Residential Basic or Residential-Light Commercial licensees. Georgia’s reciprocal states are Louisiana and Tennessee.


What are Denial and Deficiency Letters?

You may receive a denial letter if you have submitted an application and have not met the requirements to be licensed. The letter will include the reason for your denial and information on how to appeal.

You may receive a deficiency letter if you have submitted an application and have specific areas of deficiency. The letter will give you instructions on how to address the deficiencies and may give you other options.

How Can I Study for the Georgia Residential and General Contractor Exams?

There are many ways to prepare for the general contractor exam. Contractor Exam Seminars offers multiple formats, either written study guides, video seminars, or computer programs.