Construction Contractor Registration

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Becoming a Registered Contractor

Who is required?

  • All construction contractors with employees must register.
  • A construction contractor is defined, simply, as anyone who adds to or takes away from a structure, project, development, or improvement attached to real estate (39-9-102, MCA).

Why is it required?

  • Construction Contractor Registration (CR) helps level the playing field in the construction industry by assuring that all construction contractors are in compliance with the Montana Workers’ Compensation (WC) Act.

How to obtain a CR

  • Read, complete, and submit an application form with a non-refundable $70 fee to the Department of Labor and Industry.

Construction contractors can be fined up to $500 per violation for:

  • Performing work without a CR if required to obtain one;
  • Performing work with a suspended CR; or
  • Transferring their CR to another person.

When Hiring a Construction Contractor

Make sure you:

  • Have a written contract that states what is to be performed, materials used, start and completion dates, payment based on completed project, and liability for failure to complete the project.
  • Obtain references and check them out to ensure they are experts in their field of work.
  • Check periodically to confirm that they have valid CR and WC insurance on their employees.
  • Ask for proof of their CR and verify it is in good standing by searching on our website or calling our office at (406) 444-7734.


  • Liability Protection – Registration prevents the employee/employer relationship liability of subcontractors from migrating to you.
  • Credibility – Those who complete the paperwork and pay attention to the law may also be more likely to care about the quality of their work.
  • Opportunity – Getting registered may make it easier to obtain work. Many will not hire unregistered construction contractors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Administrative Rules of Montana

Contractor Registration Rules 24.33.101 - 24.33.151

Montana Code Annotated

Contractor Registration Laws 39.9.101 - 39.9.401

Court Cases

Japeth Edmunds vs. Liberty Northwest Insurance

Registration Section | Contact Information

Please choose a contact from this section if you have questions or concerns regarding the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate or Construction Contractor Registration applications.
Section Manager - Tracy Gonzalez: (406) 444-9585
Independent Contractor Central Unit: (406) 444-7734 for Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate application questions.
Construction Contractor Registration Unit: (406) 444-7734 for Construction Contractor Registration application questions.
Mailing Address:
PO Box 8011
Helena, MT 59604
Physical Location (for FED-EX or UPS overnight mailing, same day processing not guaranteed):
1805 Prospect Ave (2nd floor east side)
Helena, MT 59601

Inspection Section | Contact Information

If you have questions or complaints regarding compliance of the Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate or Construction Contractor Registration programs, please contact:

Supervisor | Program Manager - Jeff Garden : (406) 444-9586