How to Get a Handyman License in Arizona

by Karen Taylor ; Updated September 26, 2017
Arizona requires you to take a business test for a handyman's license.

Arizona provides licenses for handymen--or contractors--in various classes. Those include commercial and residential contracting. Within those main categories, you can choose to be licensed in areas such as general remodeling, waterworks, landscaping, blasting, drilling and general engineering. Arizona has a strict procedure you must follow in order to get a handyman license.

Obtain an application from the Arizona Registrar of Contractors. You can download all the required forms from the website. Read the instructions carefully. Applications will not be accepted until all requirements are met, according to the Arizona Registrar of Contractors website.

Complete the testing requirements. According to the Arizona Registrar of Contractors, candidates must take and pass a business management exam. Some candidates - depending on what class of license they request - may also need to take and pass a trade exam. Tests are scheduled in Phoenix, Tempe, Flagstaff, Tucson, Goodyear and Casa Grande. Testing must be complete before you can submit your application.

Complete the application. Make sure all appropriate fields are filled out and that there are signatures where required.

Obtain a Transaction Privilege Tax License number from the Arizona Department of Revenue. You can download an application for this number at the Arizona Commerce Authority website. This is probably better known as a sales tax, vendor or wholesale license

Submit your application. You will receive a receipt with a pending number on it. You can then use that number to track the status of your application on the Arizona Registrar of Contractors website.

Tips

  • A license is good for two years and must be renewed biannually. A license can be issued to an individual, a partnership, limited liability company or a corporation.

About the Author

Karen Taylor is a visual journalist, page designer and horse-lover in central Indiana. She designs pages for an area newspaper including feature pages and page A1. She has had a passion for journalism her entire life and enjoys both the design and writing aspects of the industry. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ball State University in visual journalism.

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