How To Get Your General Contractor’s Licence in Mississippi

With its year-round warm, humid climate, Mississippi is an excellent state for construction work. Other states experience harsh winters, with harsh weather and bitterly cold temperatures putting projects on hold for up to four months of the year.

Working construction in Mississippi, you will be free to take on as many projects as you want without the need to find other means of compensation throughout the gloomy winter months. General contractors are especially free when it comes to controlling workload, as they can handpick the projects they are interested in and take on as many or as few as they deem necessary.

Like many other states, Mississippi regulates general contractor licensing at the state level, with all applications being processed by the Mississippi State Board of Contractors. According to the Board, all general contractors will fall into one of two categories:

  • Commercial: Required for contractor work involving construction, reconstruction, repair, or maintenance of fire protection systems on public projects over $5,000, private projects over $10,000, and general work over $50,000.
  • Residential: Required for contractor work involving residential remodeling over $10,000, residential roofing over $10,000, and new residential construction over $50,000.

Depending on which type of work you plan to perform, you will be required to fill out the corresponding application, or both applications.

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Job Description: General Contractor

Becoming a general contractor requires a good amount of experience in the construction field as well as the ability to juggle many responsibilities at once. As the general contractor for a project, you are essentially the leader in charge of making bids to the client, delegating tasks to those working on-site, ordering materials, choosing the creative direction, and formulating the completion timeline.

You will need to make quick decisions and be able to field questions both from employees or subcontractors as well as clients or any government officials you may be working alongside. In essence, you must be your project’s jack of all trades.

The process of completing a project as a general contractor goes something like this: assess the building site, submit a bid to the client, create a budget and timeline for you, your employees, and your subcontractors to follow, and ensure that the construction runs smoothly. Since each project is unique, you will often face challenges during construction which must be dealt with in a way that adheres to both your budget and the wishes of your client.

Thus, the job requires that you be communicative and proactive to certify its completion on time and the safety of your employees.

In reference to a bid, at OnePointe Solutions, we work with you and your budget as well as help you with the challenges you may face since it project is unique to its setting. For instance, let’s say a bid was created and accepted for a correctional facility control room.

This kind of project requires the right kind of industrial furniture to ensure security, durability, and easy sanitation at all times. We would provide the general contractor with stainless steel casework, metal casework, and even laminate casework to create a comfortable and clutter-free work environment.

In addition, they are easy to clean and maintain as well.

We would also provide ergonomic seating options for the staff since these will be in use 24/7 and supply non-porous, moisture, and corrosion-resistant surface materials like stainless steel and epoxy resin that can help improve cleaning efficiency, and will respond well to regular cleanings and exposure to chemicals as well.

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To summarize, general contractors are in charge of the following: 

  • Crew safety
  • Equipment and site safety
  • Permits and street closures
  • Anticipating weather conditions and scheduling accordingly
  • Enforcing quality and safety standards

Special Skills & Qualifications

Some skills simply cannot be taught in a classroom. They require experience and interaction with others to obtain them.

A general contractor requires a number of these types of skills, as, in this role, you will often find yourself leading others, delegating responsibilities, creating timelines, and communicating with both employees and clients alike. It is important to be adaptable since every new project will bring with it new challenges to face.

Regardless of location, these are crucial skills that any general contractor should strive to personify.

No matter where you work as a general contractor, having the following skills will help you in your career: 

  • Ability to read building plans and blueprints
  • Building/construction skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Budget and purchasing experience
  • Comfortable working with new people
  • Able to learn quickly and in stressful situations
  • Concern for the wellbeing of others and a touch of perfectionism

Qualifications to Become a General Contractor 

The Mississippi State Board of Contractors requires all general contractor license applicants to both complete an examination and include along with their application several important documents. At first glance, these qualifications may seem daunting, but we have laid them out in an easy-to-follow guide so that you can be sure not to overlook any of the requirements and rest easy knowing your application is fully prepared.

Education

There are no formal education requirements at the state level in Mississippi when it comes to obtaining your general contractor license. However, if you are aspiring towards this position, or any construction job, in the future, then it is helpful to keep in mind that those just starting in construction are normally at least 18 years old and have either a high school diploma or a GED equivalent.

If you are interested in furthering your education by obtaining a degree from a college or university, you may want to consider majoring in engineering or architecture.

Experience

The Mississippi State Board of Contractors does not have exact regulations regarding proof of experience for general contractor license applicants, but you will be required to submit three letters of reference, one of which comes from your bank. The other two may be from anyone you worked with or for on past construction-related projects.

They also ask that anyone applying for special classifications provide proof of at least three different jobs performed within that classification. 

Exam

All general contractor applicants are required to pass the Mississippi Business and Law examination, which can be scheduled and paid for online through PSI Exams. The fee to complete the exam is $120.

For more detailed information about exam details like registering and finding your testing location, refer to the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin that is specific to the state of Mississippi. Most candidates will take their exam at the testing site located in Jackson, Mississippi, but there are also facilities available in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Huntsville, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile.

If you are applying for a specialty classification in addition to your general contractor license, then the Mississippi State Board of Contractors necessitates that you also pass a trade examination. Trade examinations can be waived for a fee of $50 if you have already had a license in a similar classification for three years in one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Licensing

As listed above, there are two types of general contractor’s licenses available in the state of Mississippi: commercial licenses and residential licenses. Be sure to have your application notarized in all the necessary places after completing and signing it.

Special Documentation

Both types of licenses will require you to submit a handful of special documents along with your completed and notarized application.

Proof of Registry with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office

This document is necessary for LLCs and corporations only. You must register with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office and provide proof of such via a business license or other types of official documentation.

Sales Tax ID Number

You must obtain a Mississippi sales tax ID number or a tax ID number from the Mississippi Department of Revenue. These numbers are essential to your business, as they allow you to collect sales taxes and avoid the risk of fines or legal action.

Certificate of General Liability Insurance

You are required to obtain and submit proof of general liability insurance with a coverage of at least $300,000 per occurrence and $600,000 aggregate. The certificate should also indicate that the Mississippi State Board of Contractors is to be notified if the coverage is canceled. 

Certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

This step only includes those who employ five or more workers. If this applies to you, you must submit proof of workers’ compensation coverage via a certificate of insurance.

Reference Letters

As stated above, you will be required to include three reference letters with your application: one from your bank and the other two from anyone you worked with or for on construction-related projects in the past.

Proof of Employment

All applicants must supply proof of employment in some form. Examples of acceptable options include check stubs, W2 forms, and proof that you are an owner or officer listed with the Mississippi Secretary of State.

Financial Statement

The final piece of the puzzle that you will be asked to include is a reviewed or audited financial statement prepared and signed by a certified public accountant within the last twelve months. Anyone applying for a major classification must demonstrate a net worth of at least 

$50,000, while all other applicants need only have a net worth of $20,000.

Mississippi Contractor Licensing Fee Overview

The outline of fees for both types of general contractor licenses are as follows:

  • Commercial: $400 including one classification with an additional $100 required for each added classification.
  • Residential: $50 including one classification with an additional $100 required for each added classification.

Average Mississippi General Contractor Salary & Benefits

The average annual salary for a general contractor working in Mississippi is $148,117 with the opportunity to earn $6,750 overtime each year. This is about 96% higher than the national average for general contractors employed in the United States.

The Path to Become A General Contractor in Mississippi

With all the necessary information at your fingertips, you are now ready to start your journey towards becoming a fully licensed contractor in the state of Mississippi. Now, let’s walk through a quick overview of all the steps so you can feel confident as you submit your application. 

1. Gather Necessary Documentation

The Mississippi State Board of Contractors requires you to submit the following documents along with your application:

  • Proof of registry with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s office.
  • Your sales tax ID number, obtained from the Mississippi Department of Revenue.
  • Certificate of general liability insurance with minimum coverage of $300,000 per occurrence and $600,000 aggregate.
  • Certificate of workers’ compensation insurance (only those with five or more employees).
  • Three reference letters.
  • Proof of employment.
  • Financial statement.

2. Complete, Sign, and Notarize Your Application

Mississippi offers the following two applications for general contractors: commercial licenses and residential licenses. Complete your corresponding form in full, sign it, have it notarized in the necessary places, and mail it to the Mississippi State Board of Contractors for approval, along with all the necessary documentation and fees.

3. Pay Licensing Fees

Be sure to include a check or money order for your correct fee amounts with your application. As a reminder, the overview of Mississippi’s fees is as follows:

  • Commercial: $400 including one classification with an additional $100 required for each added classification.
  • Residential: $50 including one classification with an additional $100 required for each added classification.

4. Mail Your Application and Documentation

With your completed application, check or money order, and documentation in hand, compile them into an envelope to be mailed to the Mississippi State Board of Contractors at the following address: 

MSBOC

P.O. Box 320279

Jackson, MS 39232-0279

5. Pass Your Contractors Examination

Once your application has been received, the Mississippi State Board of Contractors will provide you with instructions on how to register for your Mississippi Business and Law examination via PSI Exams, so keep an eye out for an email confirmation from PSI in your inbox.

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