Door Repair Contractor (Commercial)

License required by 24 states

29th most burdensome licensing requirements.

67th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Door repair contractors, also known as door installer contractors or garage door mechanics, contract with clients to install, service or repair the opening and closing mechanisms of automatic and hydraulic doors.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the door mechanics who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.

Twenty-four states license door repair contractors working on commercial properties. Ten states require between two and five years of experience working under a licensed contractor. Alabama and Mississippi require completion of three contracted jobs. Twelve states require no experience. On average, states require 508 days of education and experience, $372 in fees ($1,078 in Nevada), and around one exam. These high barriers give commercial door repair contractors the 29th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Arkansas 24 $180 1825 5 years 1 0 0
2 Nevada 24 $1,078 1460 4 years 2 0 18
3 Arizona 24 $956 1460 4 years 2 0 18
4 California 24 $579 1460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Hawaii 24 $540 1460 4 years 1 0 18
6 Oregon 24 $410 1463 16 clock hours 4 years 1 0 18
7 Utah 24 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
8 Virginia 24 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
9 New Mexico 24 $249 730 2 years 1 0 18
10 South Carolina 24 $250 730 2 years 1 0 0
11 Alabama 24 $492 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
12 Mississippi 24 $520 67 3 jobs, contractors 1 0 0
13 Louisiana 24 $751 0 1 0 0
14 Rhode Island 24 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
15 North Dakota 24 $125 0 0 0 18
16 Tennessee 24 $305 0 1 0 0
17 D C 24 $655 0 0 0 0
18 North Carolina 24 $145 0 1 0 0
19 West Virginia 24 $132 0 1 0 0
20 Alaska 24 $300 0 0 0 0
21 Washington 24 $113 0 0 0 0
22 Iowa 24 $50 0 0 0 0
23 Idaho 24 $30 0 0 0 0
24 Nebraska 24 $0 0 0 0 0

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