North Carolina
State Board of Examiners of Plumbing, Heating and Fire Sprinkler Contractors

Annual Renewal

2020 was a very different year for everyone in many ways, and the annual renewal process for licensees of the Board will be different going forward as well. As a result of recent rule changes, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and limitations of the Board’s database algorithms, all licensees will be affected. Please read the following information carefully.

Increased Annual License Fees:
In early 2019, proposed rule changes were approved and new annual license fees were set to go into effect on July 1, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the Board suspended the increases through December 31, 2020. The new fees are effective for the 2021 licensing year, and will apply to all renewals for 2021 and subsequen years.

Online Renewal Available for 2021 Only:
Beginning October 1, 2020, only individuals who held an license for 2020 were able to renew online for 2021. You will receive a renewal invoice in the mail in early October which will contain your username and password. You are encouraged to renew online using a MasterCard or Visa.

2020 Late Processing Fee Waived
Annual renewals are due by December 31st of each year, and a late processing fee applies if submitted after January 31st. However, due to COVID-19, late fees for those who renew(ed) for the 2020 license year between March 10th and December 31, 2020 will be waived. The $25.00 late processing fee will be applied to all 2020 renewals postmarked after December 31, 2020. The late fee for previous years (2018 and 2019) was not waived, and applies to all multi-year renewals.

2020 and Previous Year(s) Renewals:
2020 and previous years (2019 and 2018) must be renewed by submitting a completed paper renewal form and payment (check or money order) to the Board office. These licenses cannot be renewed online. All renewals which include 2018 or 2019 must include the $25.00 late fee. Renewals for licenses that expired in 2017 must be postmarked by December 31, 2020. If not postmarked on or before that date, the license cannot be renewed and will be retired


Please make checks or money orders payable to "State Board of Examiners" and mail to the address on the invoice. Please note that we do not accept "counter checks" or "starter checks" that do not bear the pre-printed account holder information and check number, nor do we accept cash, credit/debit cards, purchase orders, online or telephone payments.

Renewals are currently being processed within 2-3 business days of receipt, and the new expiration date is displayed on this website immediately upon processing. Please allow 3-5 days after processing for your printed license to arrive in the mail.

To check a license for the current expiration date by entering the license number, you may click here.  If the message "License Not Found" is displayed, the license has not been renewed for 2020 or may not be valid due to another issue.

Licensees who expired in 2017 or previous years are no longer eligible for renewal and must reapply for a license. Licensees who expired in 2018 must renew through 2021 by December 31, 2021, or the license will be retired, and will require that the individual reapply and re-exam in order to reinstate the license. Click here to download the appropriate application.

General Statutes 87-22 provides in part "...All licenses expire on the last day of December in each year following their issuance or renewal." Contrary to popular belief, there is NO GRACE PERIOD following the expiration of a license, and all activities that require a license (bidding, contracting, supervising, installing, etc.) must cease until the license is renewed.

Renewal Invoices are mailed to all active licensees at the last known address on record with the Board, at least one month in advance of the expiration date of license.

Enter the appropriate information on the invoice and return it with a check or money order payable to the State Board of Examiners for the correct amount.

License Expiration and Renewal

General Status 87-22 provides in part "...In the event of failure on the part of any person, firm or corporation to renew the license certificate annually and pay the required fee during the month of January in each year, the Board shall increase the license by twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to cover any additional expense associated with late renewal."

Reinstatement of Expired License

Within three years of expiration

21 NCAC 50.0409 REINSTATEMENT OF EXPIRED LICENSE - A license which expires may be reinstated within three years of the date of expiration upon written request and upon payment of the current license fee, the license fee for the unpaid prior years together with the processing fee imposed by G.S. 87-22.

If the correct renewal form(s) and fee(s) are not received in the office by January 31, the Board may require payment of all unpaid annual fees before reissuing a license. Please call the office at 919-875-3612 for the correct amount and forms.

If a license is not renewed within three years after expiration, the Board requires reexamination.

General Statutes 87-22 provides in part "...the Board requires reexamination upon failure of a licensee to renew license within three years after expiration."