California Painter License

• 18 April 2020

California Licensing Overview for a Painter

Licensing for a painter in California is overseen by the California Contractors State License Board.

General Guidelines for a Painter in California

Specific requirements to perform painter services can generally be used as a guideline, but always check your local rules and regulations as well.

Who’s allowed to perform these services?


General requirements for a painter license?

  • Show proof of at least 4 years of experience within the last 10 years as a journeyman, supervisor, foreman, or contractor in the location where you are applying.
  • Take the C-33 exam for painters.
  • Show proof of a Surety Bond of at least $15,000.
  • Show proof of Workers’ Compensation (if you have employees).

What’s the state licensing site for a painter?

California Contractors State License Board

What are some training programs available for a painter?

See training programs

How long is a license good for and when do I need to renew?

Check with local governing body for updated details.

What are fees associated with licensing?


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