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Mississippi general contractor license

Mississippi has two different types of licenses: Residential Builder and Building Construction. Both licenses can do full residential work, but only the Building Construction license will allow for commercial work.


All contractors performing work on any commercial job over $50,000, new residential construction over $50,000, and residential remodeling or additions over $10,000, are required to have a license.

Mississippi Commercial Builder

The Mississippi Building Construction license allows the builder to bid on, build, or modify any type or size of commercial or residential property.

To obtain a Mississippi Commercial Builder license, you will have to pass the Mississippi Business & Law exam and a trades exam. For the trades exam, you have a choice:



NASCLA is a standardized, multi-state accreditation. NASCLA is the better option if you're wanting to be licensed in multiple states.
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Mississippi Commercial Builder

The Mississippi Commercial Builder exam is a slightly easier exam, but is only good for the Mississippi Commercial Builder license and does not help with getting licensed in other states.
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Mississippi Residential Builder

The Mississippi Residential Builder License allows for residential construction from the ground up, as well as remodeling existing residential properties.

If you hold a residential contractor license, you may work on commercial projects provided the job does not exceed 7,500 sq. ft.

There are two required exams: the Mississippi Residential Builder trades exam and the Mississippi Business Law exam.

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Mississippi Business & Law

This exam is required for all contractor's licenses. The Mississippi Business & Law exam is a short 2 hour exam covering information in only 1 book.

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