Contractors Board Warns Consumers About Unlicensed Contractors

SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is warning consumers about the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors following a disaster, whether it is earthquake, fire, flood or mudslide. Unscrupulous, unlicensed contractors often prey on victims of natural disasters.

Check a Contractor License 

Look up a contractor license or Home Improvement Salesperson (HIS) registration to verify information, including complaint disclosure. Before hiring a contractor or signing a contract, CSLB recommends you read the Hiring a Contractor page.

Disaster Help Center 

Unscrupulous, unlicensed contractors often prey on victims of natural disasters. It is a felony to contract without a license in a declared disaster area. Consumers can protect themselves by using CSLB's resources to check a contractor's license status and history.

After a Disaster don’t get scammed 

If your home or property has been damaged by a fire, flood, earthquake, or other disaster, don’t let unscrupulous individuals take advantage of you during this vulnerable time. Before you hire a contractor or sign any documents for repairs, the California Contractors State License Board offers the following advice:

Apply for assistance 

To find help for your immediate needs, please enter an address to get a list of the closest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), starting with the closest three.

American Red Cross 

After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind. This website is designed to help make that communication easier.  

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