Becoming an Independent Contractor
A worker must be:
- Free from control or direction from hiring agent.
- Engaged in their own independently established business, occupation, trade, or profession.
- Covered under a self-elected workers' compensation insurance policy or obtain an Independent Contractor Exemption Certificate (ICEC).
How to obtain an ICEC:
- Read, complete, and submit the entire original and notarized application and waiver form with a non-refundable $125 fee to the Department.
- Submit business documentation with your completed application that demonstrates you have an established business for each occupation listed on you application.
Independent contractors can be fined up to $1,000 per violation for:
- Performing work without an ICEC;
- Performing work with a revoked or suspended ICEC;
- Transferring their ICEC to another person; or
- Misrepresentation of the independent contractor status.
When Hiring an Independent Contractor
Make sure you:
- Do not control the method and means of how they perform their work, i.e., providing equipment and training.
- 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 a valid ICEC or WC insurance on themselves.
- Ask for proof of their ICEC and verify it is in good standing by searching on our website or calling our office at (406) 444-9029.
Hiring agent can be fined up to $1,000 per violation for:
- Exercising control to create an employee/employer relationship; or
- Requiring an employee to assume an independent contractor status.
Administrative Rules of Montana
Independent Contractor Rules 24.35.101 - 24.35.303
Montana Code Annotated
Workers' Compensation Laws 39.71.401 - 39.71.441
Supervisor | Program Manager: Dallas Cox - (406) 444-9586
Construction Contractor Registration Unit: (406) 444-0563
PO Box 8011
Helena, MT 59604
Physical Location (for overnight mailing with FED-EX or UPS and walk-in customers, same day processing not guaranteed):
1805 Prospect Ave (2nd floor east side)
Helena, MT 59601
If you need additional assistance, you may contact a field representative in your area: