Drywall Installation Contractor (Residential)

License required by 30 states

42nd most burdensome licensing requirements.

41st most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

Drywall installation contractors, also known as hanger contractors, contract with clients to apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings and apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. The materials may be of decorative quality. The category includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide a support base for plaster, fireproofing or acoustical material.

Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the drywall installers 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.

Thirty states license drywall installation contractors working on residential properties. On average, states require over a year (368 days) of education and experience, $313 in fees, and about one exam. All in all, 16 states require at least one exam (California requires three). These requirements rank as the 42nd most burdensome.

States With Licenses

Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 California 30 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
2 Nevada 30 $983 1460 4 years 1 0 18
3 Hawaii 30 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
4 Florida 30 $364 1460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Massachusetts 30 $500 1095 3 years 1 0 18
6 Arizona 30 $906 730 2 years 1 0 18
7 New Mexico 30 $318 730 2 years 2 0 18
8 Maryland 30 $433 730 2 years 1 0 18
9 Utah 30 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
10 Virginia 30 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
11 South Carolina 30 $50 365 1 years 0 0 0
12 Mississippi 30 $290 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
13 Oregon 30 $410 3 16 clock hours 1 0 18
14 Louisiana 30 $460 0 1 0 0
15 Rhode Island 30 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
16 North Dakota 30 $125 0 0 0 18
17 Tennessee 30 $305 0 1 0 0
18 D C 30 $442 0 0 0 0
19 North Carolina 30 $145 0 1 0 0
20 West Virginia 30 $132 0 1 0 0
21 Alabama 30 $350 0 0 0 0
22 Alaska 30 $300 0 0 0 0
23 Connecticut 30 $220 0 0 0 0
24 Washington 30 $113 0 0 0 0
25 New Jersey 30 $110 0 0 0 0
26 Arkansas 30 $50 0 0 0 0
26 Iowa 30 $50 0 0 0 0
26 Pennsylvania 30 $50 0 0 0 0
29 Idaho 30 $30 0 0 0 0
30 Nebraska 30 $0 0 0 0 0

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