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.

Step 1.

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.

Step 2.

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.

Step 3.

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

Step 4.

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

Step 5.

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.


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.


There are fees required in order to obtain a license in Arizona. Those fees depend on the type and class of license for which you are applying. Fees can range from $490 to more than $1,000. The exams will also cost about $63 each.