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.
|Burden Rank||State||States Licensed||Fees||Estimated Calendar Days Lost||Education||Experience||Exams||Minimum Grade||Minimum Age|
|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|
|14||Rhode Island||24||$200||1||5 clock hours||0||0||18|