Registered contractors who fail to renew by July 1, 2016 but continue working on public works after that date will be subject to late fees and potential penalties.

Contractors must be registered with DIR before bidding, being awarded or performing work on public works projects in California. DIR registration requires that all contractors be in good legal standing, which includes having a current license in good standing with CSLB.

Using any Internet-connected computer, public works contractors can:

  • Register for the first time
  • Renew an active registration
  • Reactivate a prior registration
  • Securely pay the non-refundable $300 registration/renewal fee (and penalties if applicable)

The registration process is finished upon processing of payment. If paying by credit card, the registration process can be completed within 24 hours.

Contractors who are not currently registered should carefully consider when to register. Any contractor who fails to register before bidding for a public works project or being awarded a public works project may be subject to a $2,000 penalty. Contractors who plan to bid or work on public works prior to July 1 may complete the registration process, including payment of the $300 fee, to register for the remainder of the current fiscal year, which expires on June 30, 2016. Once registered, contractors may then renew their registration for the following fiscal year (beginning July 1), which will also require payment of the $300 renewal fee.