Q: Who must wear their trade license when on the jobsite? Does the
requirement apply to contractors or just individuals?
A: Individual licensees who are installing, repairing, or altering
boiler, electrical, elevator, or plumbing systems must visibly display
Q: Does the requirement apply to contractors or just individuals?
A: No, contractors are not included in this requirement.
Q: What if I believe wearing my license would create a safety issue?
A: Licensees are not required to wear their license if they believe
it would create a safety issue on that jobsite.
Q: What happens if my license is not displayed?
A: Inspectors will be checking for visible licenses. If a license
is not visible, the inspector will ask to see it. Licensees are expected
to have their identification readily available if they are not displaying
it due to safety hazards.
Q: If a licensee has multiple licenses, which license needs to be
A: The appropriate license for the work being done needs to be
displayed. It is suggested that all licenses be kept in a convenient place
that is easily accessible.
Q: Can a copy of a license be displayed instead of the actual license?
A: No, it must be the actual license.
Q: Are there specific guidelines for displaying licenses?
A: No, in fact, there are many ways to display licenses. Using
a clear pocket badge holder, clip or other type of clasp is appropriate.
The important thing is to ensure the license is visible.
Q: What happens if a license is lost?
A: Licensees can apply for a duplicate license online, in person
or by mail.
Online at http://www.cbs.state.or.us/bcd click online services, "Licensings
application & renewal"
In person at Salem BCD office, 1535 Edgewater NW, Salem. Or by mail by
writing to Building Codes Division, PO Box 14610, Salem, OR 97309-0455.
Please include the the licensee's name, address, and license number and
the $10 fee.
Q: How can photos be submitted for licenses?
A: Photos may be submitted electronically with an online request,
but licenses will not be produced until BCD receives the fee. If mailing
a request that includes a photo, it is suggested that a 2"x2"
(passport size) photo be used. Note: Photos are not mandatory and licenses
are valid without a photo.
Q: How long does it take to get a duplicate license?
A: It takes approximately 2 weeks for a duplicate license to be
produced and mailed to the licensee.
Q: What happens if an inspector asks to see a license and a duplicate
is not available yet?
A: BCD licensing staff can confirm the licensee's status if an
inspector requests the information. Licensees can obtain a computer screen
print as a "certified true copy" of the license to use until
the duplicate license is produced. Remember that it is not acceptable
to work without a license.