Maryland Home Improvement Commission License Requirements: How to Get Your MHIC Contractor License ... In Four Steps.






The MHIC Contractor License process through the Maryland Home Improvement Commission is modified from time to time.  Below, you’ll find the basic process as of December 2016.



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Step 1. Get Pre-Approved to Sit for The MHIC Contractor License Exam


Download the PSI MHIC Candidate Bulletin. You can download it directly below, or get it from the website. Please ensure that you have the latest version.


You need to verify at least two years of experience to sit for the MHIC Exam.  Focus on filling out and sending to PSI the pages that are numbered 8, 9, and 10 of this Candidate Bulletin.


You need to have this pre-approval in place BEFORE registering for our MHIC Exam Preparation class as it can take anywhere from three (3) days to several weeks. 


PSI MHIC Candidate Bulletin Updated 10/27/22
PSI document that details PSI MHIC License exam requirements.
PSI-MHIC Candidate Bulletin rev.10-2022.
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Step 2: Complete our MHIC Contractor License Training Exam Preparation course, following our recommendations.

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MHIC Contractor License Training Exam Preparation Course




Step 3: Pass the MHIC Contractor License Exam




After passing the MHIC Contractor License Exam, PSI, the test administrator, will send you the MHIC Contractor License application. 


Step 4: Submit Complete MHIC Contractor License Application W/Any Supporting Documentation and Payment to the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.


If everything is in correctly in place, you will receive your MHIC Contractor License by mail.



All additional questions and requests for information about examinations should be directed to:

PSI licensure:certification
3210 E Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
(855) 898-0715 • FAX (702) 932-2666

Questions about applications for licensure should be directed to the:

Maryland Home Improvement Commission
500 North Calvert Street, Room 306
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 230-6309

Who is Required to Have the (MHIC) Maryland Home Improvement Contractor License?

The state of Maryland requires a license to work as a residential home improvement contractor and to sell these services. Additional information can be found below that cites the types of work or projects that generally require a Maryland Home Improvement License (MHIC License) issued through the Maryland Home Improvement Commission.


(If you have additional questions regarding the application process, we recommend that you visit the Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing website.(DLLR).


(If you have any additional questions regarding the registering and scheduling of an exam, we recommend that you visit the PSI website.)



Contractors ... (The Most Complete License!!)

Residential Home Improvement Contractor.  With the Maryland home improvement license a contractor can contract directly with the homeowner, selling services and can also work as a subcontractor.


Subcontractors ...

Subcontractor.  Important Notice - Maryland Senate Bill 285 Eliminates Subcontractor Licensing Category. As a result of the passage of Senate Bill 285, the Maryland Home Improvement Commission will eliminate the Subcontractor License category as of July 1, 2016. All application, examination, and renewal requirements will be eliminated.

As of July 1, 2016, home improvement subcontractors may work without a license when performing home improvements for an MHIC licensed contractor in the State of Maryland. The law continues to provide that only MHIC licensed contractors may enter into contracts with homeowners to perform home improvement work.


Salespersons ...

Salesperson. In order to apply for a sales license, the individual must present to the Commission a written notice signed by a contractor with the Maryland Contractors license and the applicant for the sales license confirming an employment or other contractual relationship between the licensed salesperson and the contractor.


Our company would like to know what are the requirements for general contactors to get licensed in the state of MD. Is there an application/testing process?
Yes, each individual who wishes to obtain a MHIC license as a contractor, subcontractor, or salesperson must register to take the licensure exam. After passing the exam, the individual receives the license application package. The exams are administered by PSI Exams, Inc. For more information about registering for the exam, please visit the PSI Exams website and follow the links to the Maryland Home Improvement Commission's Candidate Information Bulletin.


You may find if helpful to download the following PSI documents.

The Maryland Home Improvement License (MHIC) Exam

The Maryland Contractors License exam is administered by


It is an open-book exam, which means that you can have approved reference materials with you during the exam.  


Maryland Home Improvement License Contractor Exam

55 questions
Passing Score: 39/70% passing score
150 Minutes for the exam


Home Improvement Law (41 questions)
Door-to-Door Sales Act (4 questions)
Labor Laws (3 questions)
Safety Regulations (4 questions)
Estimating (3 questions)


The reference materials may be highlighted and underlined.  But no additional notes are allowed. 


Though it is an open-book exam, passing it can be difficult for several reasons.

  1. You must be able to locate the answers in the reference materials.
  2. You must be able to understand and accurately answer 'tricky' questions.
  3. Some questions are not updated and are based upon much older editions of the reference materials.  This means that the answers to some questions have changed or worse yet, may not be in the reference materials at all.
  4. Some questions are based upon additional reference materials that are not allowed during the exam.



Important: If you fail the licensing examination, there is a waiting period of 21 days before that individual is eligible to retake the test; each subsequent retest requires a waiting period of 60 days.


For these reasons and numerous others many prudent contractors decide to take our Maryland Home Improvement Contractor License (MHIC) Exam Prep Course.

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