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North Carolina Highway Contractor

The Highway classification covers all types of highway construction activity including but not limited to: grading, paving of all types, installation of exterior artificial athletic surfaces, relocation of public and private utility lines ancillary to the principal project, bridge construction and repair, parking decks, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and storm drainage.


It includes installation and erection of guard rails, fencing, signage and ancillary highway hardware. It covers paving and grading of airport and airfield runways, taxiways, and aprons including the installation of signage, runway lighting and marking. The license also covers work done under the specialty classifications of Boring and Tunneling, Concrete, Marine, and Railroad construction.

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  • Pre-approval from the state is required to sit for the examination.

  • Please note a separate North Carolina Business and Law exam is not needed, that information is incorporated into the Highway exam.

  • A license is required for projects that are $30,000 or more.

  • There is no minimum experience requirement. Applicants must submit 3 names as references.

    All licenses covered by the commercial licensing board are divided into 3 financial categories:


  • Limited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $17,000. This level allows bids up to $500,000 per single project.

  • Intermediate: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $75,000. This level allows bids up to $1,000,000 per single project.

  • Unlimited: Applicants must have a minimum working capital of $150,000. This level has no restrictions as to the value of any single project.

    Applicants for the Intermediate and Unlimited license must submit audited financial statements with classified balance sheets prepared by a CPA or independent accountant engaged in the public practice of accounting.


    Surety bonds are required for applicants with insufficient working capital. The board may request that a surety bond and payment bond be obtained for jobs above a certain monetary level.

The Highway classification covers all types of highway construction activity including but not limited to: grading, paving of all types, installation of exterior artificial athletic surfaces, relocation of public and private utility lines ancillary to the principal project, bridge construction and repair, parking decks, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and storm drainage.


It includes installation and erection of guard rails, fencing, signage and ancillary highway hardware. It covers paving and grading of airport and airfield runways, taxiways, and aprons including the installation of signage, runway lighting and marking. The license also covers work done under the specialty classifications of Boring and Tunneling, Concrete, Marine, and Railroad construction.


To apply, contact State of North Carolina Licensing Board 1-919-571-4183.


The licensing fees are: Limited $75, Intermediate $100, and Unlimited $125.


Applications are cleared for approval to take the exam as soon as they are received. However, once exams are passed, applications are submitted to the board for review.


Applications must be submitted the 1st week of the month prior to the next board meeting (ex. 1st week of June for July approval).


The board meets once per month in every month except December. Therefore, processing time would be 1 to 2 months depending on the date submitted to the board.


All general contractors licenses expire December 31 each calendar year and normally are not issued during the month of December.


North Carolina does not have a reciprocity agreement for this license.


As of this time, there is no continuing education for this license.


  • The fee for the exam is $60 and a score of at least 70% is required to pass the exams.
  • The exam is open book, multiple-choice, and timed.
  • There are 90 questions on the exam with a 4 1/2 -hour time limit. Not all reference books are allowed into the exam.

    Topics covered on the exam are excavation and grading, One Call, safety, licensing, paving-asphalt, piles, business and law, concrete paving, marine construction, railroad construction, tunneling, traffic control, erosion and sedimentation control, concrete, metals including concrete reinforcement, and liens.


  • Once you are approved you will receive an eligibility letter to schedule your testing. The eligibility letter is valid for 120 days from the date on the letter and allows the candidate to take 1 exam within that time frame.
  • To schedule your exam you must contact PSI at 1-800-733-9267.
  • Failing candidates may not retake an exam until at least 30 days after the failed exam.

All of the references listed under, Reference Materials, on this page were used to create the exam and are recommended study material to prepare for the exam. However, only the following books are allowed into the exam room during the test.


They are: North Carolina Business and Project Management for Building; North Carolina OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry; Construction Planning, Equipment, and Methods, 9th Edition; NC Standard Specifications for Roads and Structures, 2018; CAMA Handbook for Development of Coastal North Carolina These references may be tabbed (with permanent index tabs) and highlighted. They are available for purchase from our online contractor’s bookstore or by calling our office at 1-800-992-1910.


*There are additional downloadable documents for the North Carolina Highway exam*


With the print edition discontinued, this title is no longer available for resale thru booksellers. Likewise, ASCE does not sell the e-book version through bookstores. Students have the option to purchase the e-book directly through the ASCE Library website at http://ascelibrary.org/doi/book/10.1061/9780784404065 for their own personal use.


Laws and Regulations Applicable to General Contracting in the State of North Carolina.


North Carolina Administrative Code, Title 15A, Chapter 4 Sedimentation Control, as amended July 1, 2000.


North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 113A, Article 4 Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973, as amended through October 2002.


North Carolina One Call.


CAMA Handbook for Development of Coastal North Carolina.

American Contractors offers a 1-day seminar to prepare for the North Carolina Highway contractor license exam. Please contact us for additional information, 1-800-992-1910.