Renew a Contractor License

You should begin the renewal process approximately 30-60 before your license expires to ensure that your license does not expire while you are in the process of renewing. Expired licenses will result in additional fees and delays.


Continuing Education

Air conditioning and refrigeration contractors must complete 8 hours of approved continuing education coursework each year.

Please see the Continuing Education Requirements page for further information.


Application and Fee

To begin your renewal, please submit a completed renewal application form (Renew Online) along with the renewal fee of $65.

Renew Online


Changes to Your License

If you need to update your license information with changes to your contact information, addresses, legal name, or license class and endorsements, please do so at or before your time of renewal.

Change of Business or Personal Information

You may update your name, contact information, business information, or insurance coverage by submitting a completed Notice of Change and Duplicate License Request Form (PDF) along with applicable fees listed in the form.

Insurance Waivers

If you no longer provide services to the public, or if you are employed by another contractor, you may be eligible to waive the insurance requirement and still maintain an active license.

An insurance waiver may be obtained by submitting a completed Notice of Change and Duplicate License Request Form (PDF). No Fee is required.

A licensee who has received a waiver of insurance cannot perform or offer to perform air conditioning and refrigeration contracting under his license with the general public. A supporting document is required that will contain a detailed explanation of the conditions under which the waiver is requested and be accompanied by a confirmation of employment by the current employer, when working under the license of another contractor as an employee.

Change of Class or Endorsement

If you require a new class or endorsement, you may need to take a new licensing exam and pay the associated fees.

Class Upgrade

Any contractor who has a Class B license with one or combined endorsements may upgrade to a Class A license by submitting a completed Notice of Change and Duplicate License Request Form (PDF) along with the change fee of $25.

You will also need to take a new licensing exam and pay the examination fee of $74.

Additionally, your insurance requirements will also change, and you will need to meet the new coverage minimums.

Add an Endorsement

You may add an endorsement to an existing license by submitting a completed Notice of Change and Duplicate License Request Form (PDF) along with the change fee of $25.

You will also need to take a new licensing exam and pay the relevant examination fee.


Renewal of Expired Licenses

You may not engage in air conditioning and refrigeration contracting if your license has expired.

A person whose license has been expired for 90 days or less may renew the license by paying to the department a renewal fee that is equal to 1-1/2 times the normally required renewal fee.

A person whose license has been expired for more than 90 days but less than 18 months may renew the license by paying to the department a renewal fee that is equal to two times the normally required renewal fee.

On approval by the executive director (see Request to Executive Director for Expired License Renewal Form PDF), a person whose license has been expired for at least 18 months but less than three years may renew the license by paying to the department a renewal fee equal to two times the normally required renewal fee.


Applicants with Criminal Convictions

If you have ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic violation) or pleaded guilty or no contest (resulting in a deferred adjudication) to any in-state, out-of-state or federal criminal offense, you must provide a completed Criminal History Questionnaire (PDF) along with your application materials.

The department will conduct a criminal history background check on all persons who apply for a license. Criminal convictions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Licenses may be denied based on the nature of the conviction and how long prior to the application the conviction occurred. Depending on your criminal history, a review can take from one to six weeks to complete.

Individuals may request TDLR review their criminal background before actually applying for a license. TDLR uses the same process for this pre-application evaluation as the process described below. See the Criminal History Evaluation Letter page for more information.

Please see the Guidelines for License Applicants with Criminal Convictions, which describe the process that TDLR uses to determine whether a criminal conviction renders an applicant an unsuitable candidate for the license, or whether a conviction warrants revocation or suspension of a license previously granted.