West Virginia Business and Law
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  • All Contractors are required by the State to pass this exam. i>For some limited specialty licenses, this is the only exam required. However, all types of contractor licenses that cover more than one limited area of work require you to pass both the Business and law Exam and a trade exam in order to obtain a license.
  • The Licensing application fee is $90.00.
  • Licenses requiring ONLY the Business and Law Exam are:

    Asphalt Contractor, Cable Television, Communication & Sound, Demolition Contractor, Drywall Contractor, Fencing Contractor, Finish Carpentry, Fire Protection (Wet, Dry, or Combined), Floor Covering Contractor, Insulation Contractor, Landscaping Contractor, Low Voltage Systems Contractor, Painting Contractor, Residential Pools Contractor, Roofing Contractor, Siding Contractor, Sign Contractor (Non-Electrical), Underground Transmission Lines, Window Installation Contractor, Other Specialties may be available from the Board.

Scope of Work:

This license cannot stand-alone, EXCEPT for those specialty licenses that only require Business and Law. This examination it must be combined with a commercial/general contractor's license of some type.


To apply for this license and to get a complete list of specialty licenses covered under this license contact West Virginia Division of Labor Contractor Licensing Board at (304)558-7890.

West Virginia Division of Labor
Contractor Licensing Board
State Capital Complex, Bldg. 9, Rm. 749
Charleston, WV 25305


The State has no reciprocity agreements for this license.


There is not any continuing education required for this license at this time.

  • Prov administers the exam.
  • The business law exam is an open book timed test with 50 questions and a 3-hour time limit.
  • A score of 70% is required to pass the exam.
  • The exam fee is $42.00.
  • Out of state testing is available for $136.67 plus tax (call Prov for locations)
  • To schedule an exam please contact PROV at 866-720-7768

    Exam topics include: Business Organization, Licensing, Estimating and Bidding, Contracts, Project Management, Risk Management, Safety – OSHA, Labor Law, Financial Management, Tax Law and Lien Law.

  • Prov has established testing centers in the following cities: Charleston, Martinsburg, Morgantown and Wheeling.

The references listed in the Right-Hand column are permitted in to the exam and they are available to purchase by calling 800-992-1910 or from our online bookstore.
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Mineral Wells, WV3/24/2018
Clarksburg, WV4/21/2018
Charleston, WV5/19/2018
Mineral Wells, WV6/9/2018
Clarksburg, WV7/7/2018
Charleston, WV8/4/2018
Mineral Wells, WV9/8/2018
Clarksburg, WV10/6/2018
Charleston, WV11/3/2018
Mineral Wells, WV12/1/2018

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