FORMS AND APPLICATIONS

FORMS AND APPLICATIONS

Application for Contractors License (Original Application)

This application for original contractor’s license is for new applicants when experience and/or an examination is required. Sample “Application for Original Contractor’s License Form”.

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Certification of Work Experience

This form is to be used to report and confirm the journeyman level work experience requirement. Include this form when submitting an Application for Original Contractor’s License, Application for Additional Classification or Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual.

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Project List

This form is to be used when submitting an Application for Original Contractor’s License, Application for Additional Classification or Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual, if the experience you claim is from owner builder work. This form is used in addition to the Certification of Work Experience submitted with the application. One form is required for each completed construction project.

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Application for Additional Classification

The application for additional classification is to be used only for adding classifications to an existing license. You can add any classification to an existing license for which you have qualifying experience and for which you pass the applicable examination.

Qualifiers are limited in the number of additional licenses which they may qualify. Factors such as common ownership between or among the entities being qualified are considered. Starting in 1992, persons granted qualifier status were restricted to qualifying no more than three firms in any one-year period.

A responsible managing employee must inactivate his or her sole proprietor license to qualify for another license, and meet certain employment requirements. On a sole proprietor license, the RME may be replaced by the owner or by another RME. On a partnership license the RME may be replaced by a general partner or by another RME. Note, however, an additional general partner may not be added to an existing partnership license. On a corporate license, the RME may be replaced by a responsible managing officer or employee.

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Application for Original Contractor’s License (7075 Waver)

(To be used for 7065 waiver only – see criteria below.)

This application for original contractor’s license is to be used for 7065 waiver only applicants (e.g. sole owner applying for a corporate license). Section 7065 of the Contractors License Law states in part “No examination shall be required of a qualifying individual if, within the five-year period immediately preceding the application for licensure, the qualifying individual has either personally passed the written examination for the same classification being applied for, or has served as the qualifying individual for a licensee whose license was in good standing at any time during the five-year period immediately preceding the application for licensure and in the same classification being applied for.”

At any time WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, has the applicant/qualifying individual:

  • been listed on Board records as the qualifier for a license which was in good standing in the same class being applied for, OR
  • personally passed both the law and trade portions of the written exam in the same class being applied for.

If yes, this application is appropriate.
If no, please order an Application for Original Contractors License.

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NEW Application for LLC Original Contractor License

This application for LLC original contractor license is for new applicants when experience and/or an examination is required.

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NEW – Application for LLC Original Contractor License (Exam Waived)

For LLC applicants only – (To be used for Section 7065 waiver only – see criteria below.)

This application for original contractor license is to be used for Section 7065 waiver only applicants (e.g., sole owner applying for a LLC license). Section 7065 of the Business and Professions Code states in part “No examination shall be required of a qualifying individual if, within the five-year period immediately preceding the application for licensure, the qualifying individual has either personally passed the written examination for the same classification being applied for, or has served as the qualifying individual for a licensee whose license was in good standing at any time during the five-year period immediately preceding the application for licensure and in the same classification being applied for.”

At any time WITHIN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, has the applicant/qualifying individual:

  • been listed on Board records as the qualifier for a license which was in good standing in the same class being applied for, OR
  • personally passed both the law and trade portions of the written exam in the same class being applied for.

If yes, this application is appropriate.
If no, please use an Application for LLC Original Contractor License.

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Licensed Sole Owner Applying for Corporate License 

This form is required to re-issue a sole ownership license to a corporation, and MUST be submitted with an Application for Contractor’s License.

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Application for Additional Classification

The application for additional classification is to be used only for adding classifications to an existing license. You can add any classification to an existing license for which you have qualifying experience and for which you pass the applicable examination.

Qualifiers are limited in the number of additional licenses which they may qualify. Factors such as common ownership between or among the entities being qualified are considered. Starting in 1992, persons granted qualifier status were restricted to qualifying no more than three firms in any one-year period.

A responsible managing employee must inactivate his or her sole proprietor license to qualify for another license, and meet certain employment requirements. On a sole proprietor license, the RME may be replaced by the owner or by another RME. On a partnership license the RME may be replaced by a general partner or by another RME. Note, however, an additional general partner may not be added to an existing partnership license. On a corporate license, the RME may be replaced by a responsible managing officer or employee.

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Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual

The application for replacing the qualifying individual is to be used only for replacing the qualifying person on a license. You can replace qualifying individuals on a sole proprietorship with the owner or another qualified responsible managing employee; on a partnership with another qualified responsible managing employee; and on a corporation with another qualified responsible managing employee or another qualified responsible managing officer.

Replacement of the qualifier must be made within 90 days of disassociation to avoid a suspension of the license. Notification can be made by the owner, partner or officer, or the qualifier who is leaving. Notification may be by letter or by using the Notice of Disassociation. Replacement of the qualifier may be made by submitting the Application for Replacing the Qualifying Individual, and appropriate fees.

Qualifiers are limited in the number of additional licenses which they may qualify. Factors such as common ownership between or among the entities being qualified are considered. Starting in 1992, persons granted qualifier status were restricted to qualifying no more than three firms in any one-year period.

A responsible managing employee must inactivate his or her sole proprietor license to qualify for another license, and meet certain employment requirements. On a sole proprietor license, the RME may be replaced by the owner or by another RME. On a partnership license the RME may be replaced by a general partner or by another RME. Note, however, an additional general partner may not be added to an existing partnership license. On a corporate license, the RME may be replaced by a responsible managing officer or employee.

Failure to replace the disassociated RME or RMO within 90 days from the date of his or her disassociation will result in the automatic suspension of a license which is on active status. If the license has more than one classification, and the qualifier for the other class or classes remains on the license, the licensee may continue to operate in the remaining class or classes. The class qualified by the person who disassociated will be removed at the end of the 90 days unless replacement is made within that time.

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Changing Business Name and/or Address
or Certified Wall and/or Pocket Certificate

The application for changing business name and/or address is for use by licensees or applicants to report changes in their mailing addresses or to make allowable changes to their business names. Business name style changes generally may be made to those names which do not indicate that a licensee is operating in a classification not on the license, or to names indicating a different licensed entity; for example, a sole proprietorship license cannot add the word “Corporation” to the business name.

Certified copies of the wall certificate and/or renewal pocket certificate may be ordered by the license holder only. Use the appropriate section of the name and address form. There is a $11 fee for each certified copy requested.

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Report Current Officers of a Corporation

The application to change officers of corporations should be completed to report officers who are to be removed from the Board’s records for existing corporate licenses and to report all current officers. It cannot be used to change or disassociate a responsible managing officer or employee.

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Application to Change Limited Partners of a Partnership

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Cancellation Notice  (License Only)

This form is to be used to cancel an individual, partnership, corporate or joint venture license. Do not use this form to cancel a HIS Registration (see Home Improvement Salesperson Registration Cancellation Request Form). The request must be received at the Board’s Headquarter’s office within 90 days of the effective date of cancellation.

TO CANCEL AN INDIVIDUAL LICENSE: The signature of the owner is required. TO CANCEL A PARTNERSHIP LICENSE: The signature of a partner is required. TO CANCEL A CORPORATE LICENSE: Your cancellation request must EITHER BE: (a) signed by the president and another officer listed on our records; (b) signed by two officers listed on our records; or (c) accompanied by a copy of the company’s final dissolution documents filed with the California Secretary of State. TO CANCEL A JOINT VENTURE LICENSE: The signature of an individual listed on one of the entities is required.

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Duplicate or Delinquent Renewal

The application to renew a contractors license is sent to current licensees by the Board about 60 days before expiration date. However, if, by 4 weeks before the expiration date, you have not received your renewal, request a duplicate renewal. This often happens if you move without providing the Board with a current mailing address for the license or if the Post Office is not forwarding your mail. If you order another renewal, please be sure you indicate a current address where it should be sent. A license can be renewed as a delinquent renewal for up to 5 years after it expires, as long as there is no change of ownership of the license–that is, the same owner, or same partners, or same corporation as was previously licensed will be renewing. When ordering a renewal, you will be asked for the business name of the license, the license number and license expiration date, so please have this information ready.

If the license you wish to renew expires in a couple of months the renewal will be mailed to the address of record. Please do not order a duplicate renewal unless you have not received the renewal by 3 to 4 weeks before your license expiration date.

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Application for Reactivation

A license which is currently renewed but is on inactive status may be restored to active status by filing the Application to Reactivate Inactive State Contractor’s License. Some restrictions apply–these are explained on the application. If you consider your license to be “inactive” but it has actually expired and the expiration date is within 5 years, order a renewal application. If your license expired more than 5 years ago, you must file an original application to reassign the license number.

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Responsible Managing Officer or Qualifying Partner Exemption Certificate

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Application to Inactivate a State Contractor’s License

To inactivate a license, order an application to inactivate state contractor’s license. There is no fee for inactivation. You must turn in your active pocket license with the request for inactivation.

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Application for Joint Venture Contractor’s License

A joint venture license may be issued to any combination of two or more licenses issued to sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations or other joint licenses which are currently in effect and in good standing. The joint venture license may be issued in any classification held by at least one of the entities.

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Disassociation Notice

If the responsible managing officer or responsible managing employee disassociates from the licensed entity, the licensee or qualifier may use the notice of disassociation to make a signed statement of the exact date the RMO or RME left. Note that notice must be given, and the qualifier replaced, within 90 days from the date of disassociation to avoid suspension of the license. Use the application for additional classification or replacing the qualifying individual to replace the RMO or RME. Use the Home Improvement Salesperson Registration Cancellation Request Form to cancel a HIS Registration.

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Contractor’s Bond

You may obtain a bond form from either the bonding company or the Contractors State License Board. Certificates of deposit or assignments from banks, savings and loan firms or credit unions may be submitted as cash alternatives to meet the bonding requirements. There are several special requirements for the deposits, as well as special assignment forms which are usually available at the issuing banks or savings institutions. Please note that all cash alternatives to bonds must be retained by the Contractors Board for 3 years after the end of the last license period they cover, or for 3 years following the completion of the requirement. You must obtain an exemption certification to establish an exemption to the bond of qualifying individual for a responsible managing officer on a corporation license. To qualify for an exemption from this bonding requirement, the qualifying officer must own 10% or more of the voting stock or equity of the corporation.

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Bond of Qualifying Individual

A Bond of Qualifying Individual (BQI) is required, in addition to the Contractor’s Bond, if the qualifier on the license is listed as a Responsible Managing Employee (RME) or as a Responsible Managing Officer (RMO) with less than 10 percent ownership of the voting stock or equity of the corporation for which he/she is qualifying. You may obtain a Bond of Qualifying Indiviual form from either the bonding company or the Contractors State License Board. Certificates of deposit or assignments from banks, savings and loan firms or credit unions may be submitted as cash alternatives to meet the bonding requirements for the qualifier. There are several special requirements for certificates of deposits, as well as special assignment forms. These should be obtained from the issuing bank or savings institution.

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Information on Alternatives in Lieu of Bond Requirements

Instead of filing a license bond with the CSLB, a contractor may use one of the following approved alternatives for filing a security deposit: certificate of deposit; bank savings account, savings and loan investment certificate, or share account; credit union certificate for fund or share account or cash. Please note that all cash alternatives to bonds must be retained by the Contractor’s Board for 3 years after the end of the last license period they cover, or for 3 years following the completion of the requirement.

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Request for Current Bond Information (Bond Status Letter)

A Bond Status Letter provides information on current surety bonds on a license plus some current status information about the license. A fee of $8 must accompany the request. Persons who intend to make a claim against a contractor’s bond or cash deposit should request a Bond Status Letter. Allow about 4 weeks for a response.

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Exemption from Workers’ Compensation

All licenses on active status, and all applicants for issuance of the license, must file evidence of workers’ compensation or exemption from the requirements. The Certificate of Workers’ Compensation Insurance is provided by the workers’ compensation insurer. A certificate of consent to self-insure is secured from the Director of Industrial Relations. If the license is on inactive status with the board, the certificate does not have to be filed. Contractors who do not hire employees and who are exempt from this requirement should file the “Exemption from Workers’ Compensation”.

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Request for Legal Action Disclosure Information

The Contractors State License Board can provide the public with the nature of complaints which have been investigated and referred for legal action, and any legal action which has been taken by the Board against a license.

The fact that a complaint against a contractor has been referred for legal action does not mean that the contractor has necessarily committed a violation of the contractors license law; no conclusion or judgments as to the validity of the charges should be assumed until the legal action has been completed.

After you have checked the license information for a particular contractor and if the status information indicated a past or pending legal action, you can call the Board’s legal action disclosure number nearest your construction location for further details.

Northern Case Management (916) 255-4041
Southern Case Management (562) 345-7656

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Application for Asbestos Certification

The application for asbestos certification is to be used by currently licensed contractors who bid for or do asbestos-related contracting. When a licensee has qualified for this certification, it will be added to the license much like an additional classification. In order to obtain the asbestos certification, a contractor must be registered with the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA).

Please note that this application is not for the asbestos open-book examination which is required for asbestos awareness purposes by all applicants for license. That booklet is furnished to applicants with their notices to comply with issuance requirements.

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Application for Hazardous Substance Removal Certification

Contractors who perform hazardous substance removal work at specific sites and/or who bid for the installation or removal of, or install or remove, underground storage tanks, must complete the application for hazardous substances certification to add the certification to their existing licenses. Eligibility for this certification is basically limited to licenses having the class A, general engineering, or class C-12, earthwork and paving, or, in some instances, the class B, general building license. The certification may also be applied for by licensees holding the class C-36, plumbing, or the class C-61, limited specialty category for service station equipment and maintenance.

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Consumer Complaint Form

Complaints against contractors may be filed with the Contractors State License Board by homeowners, other contractors, subcontractors and employees. Other public agencies may also file complaints. Complaints within the Board’s jurisdiction involve failure of a licensed contractor to fulfill the terms of an agreement. Failures include poor workmanship; abandonment of a project; failure to pay subcontractors, material suppliers or employees; or building code violations. Other failures are lack of reasonable diligence in executing a construction project; use of false, misleading or deceptive advertising; and violations of the Home Improvement Act or Swimming Pool Act.

The Board also investigates complaints involving unlicensed contracting activities. It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project for which the contract price is $500 or more, including labor and materials.

In general, the Board has jurisdiction over licensed and unlicensed contractors for up to 4 years.

Complaints must be filed in writing with the Board. The Board’s standard complaint form may be obtained by calling the Board’s toll-free automated information phone line 1-800-321-CSLB; writing P.O. Box 269116, Sacramento, CA 95827; or ordering on-line. When you have filled out the complaint form, you can print it and attach copies of contracts, canceled checks or other information pertinent to your complaint and mail it to one of the following addresses:

For complaints on work performed in the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego, send the complaint form to the Norwalk Intake/Mediation Center, 12501 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620, Norwalk, CA 90650.

For complaints on work performed in all other counties in California, send the complaint form to the Sacramento Intake/Mediation Center, P.O. Box 269116, Sacramento, CA 95826-9116.

Complaints are processed according to their degree of severity and their date of receipt. A consumer services representative will contact both the complainant and the contractor to attempt to mediate the complaint. If mediation is not successful, the complaint may either be referred to the CSLB’s arbitration program or assigned to an Enforcement Representative for investigation.

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SWIFT Hot Lead Referral Form

The SWIFT Hot Lead Referral form is for filing a complaint against an unlicensed contractor who is actively working on a construction project. Complaints against unlicensed contractors may be filed with the Contractors State License Board by other public agencies, other contractors, subcontractors, homeowners, and employees. Complaints within the Board’s jurisdiction involve licensed and unlicensed contractors.

It is illegal for an unlicensed person to perform contracting work on any project for which the contract price is $500.00 or more, including labor and materials.

In general, the Board has jurisdiction over licensed and unlicensed contractors for up to 4 years.

The lead form should be complete and provide detail information regarding the unlicensed activity. Please indicate if there are employees on the project.

The Board’s SWIFT lead form may be obtained online or by calling either the Southern or Northern SWIFT offices. When completed please mail or fax the lead form to the office closest to your area.

For complaints on work performed in the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego, send the complaint form to the Norwalk SWIFT Unit, 12501 East Imperial Highway, Suite 620, Norwalk, CA 90650. Office numbers (562) 466-6017 or 466-6018, FAX (562)466-6065.

For complaints on work performed in all other counties in California, send the complaint form to the Sacramento SWIFT Unit, P. O. Box 269117, Sacramento, CA 95826-9117. Office numbers (916) 255-2924 / FAX (916) 369-7265.

Complaints are processed according to the date of receipt, priority, and staff availability if the job site is located in a remote area. The complaint will be assigned to an Enforcement Representative who will follow-up on the information provided.

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CSLB Client Services Complaint and Suggestion Form

Form for making suggestions or filing complaints concerning the services provided by the Contractors State License Board.

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Application for Registration as a Home Improvement Salesperson

The application for registration as a home improvement salesperson is for persons employed by a licensed contractor to solicit, sell, negotiate or execute home improvement contracts. A home improvement salesperson must register separately for each contractor he or she represents.

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Home Improvement Salesperson Registration Cancellation Request Form

This form is used to cancel a Home Improvement Salesperson’s Registration. The request must be received at the Board’s Headquarter’s office within 90 days of the effective date of cancellation. If the effective date of cancellation is not given, the cancellation will be effective the date CSLB receives the form.

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Request for Certified License History (Verified Certificate)

A Verified Certificate is a certified license history covering a specific time period. The Verified Certificate is used mainly for court actions involving contractors. It is admissible in court as prima facie evidence of the facts stated on the certificate. The document covers the last 3 years of the license status unless otherwise requested. The Verified Certificate contains the contractors business name and address, trade classifications held, license issue date, the license personnel, bonding information if requested, any legal actions taken against the license, and the standing of the license at all times during the period covered by the certificate.

Recent California legislation requires any contractor who brings a court action for the collection of compensation, to provide a Verified Certificate as proof of valid licensure during the time of the contract or work. Upon request, the Board also prepares statements of the absence of a license during a given time period, that is, a “no record verified certificate”. To identify the non-licensed subject, you will need to provide the person’s full name, business name if applicable, address or location where the work is being done, type of work being performed, and the time period of the contract or work.

NOTICE OF FEE INCREASE:
EFFECTIVE 12-17-04, THE FEE FOR CERTIFIED LICENSE HISTORIES AND CERTIFICATE OF NON-LICENSE HAS BEEN INCREASED TO $67 EACH.

The fee must accompany your request. A large number of requests are backlogged. It may take 3 months to receive your certificate. If you have a court date coming up sooner, please provide proof of your court date with your request.

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Request for Verification of License (Reciprocity)

The Request for Verification of License form is for contractor’s who have been licensed in a state which has a reciprocal license agreement with California. Currently, California has “reciprocity” with Arizona, Nevada and Utah. If a contractor has held a valid license in one of these states for the past five (5) years and is applying for a similar license in California, he/she may be eligible for a waiver of the trade exam. The bottom portion of the Request for Verification of License form must be completed by the licensing agency in the state where the contractor was previously licensed.

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Home Improvement Salesperson Certified License History
(Verified Certificate)

A Verified Certificate of Home Improvement Salesperson provides the salesperson’s registration number, the business name and license number of the home improvement contractor with whom the salesperson is registered, and the issuance and expiration dates of the registration. If the person is not registered as a home improvement salesperson, or not registered with a specific contractor, a “no record” certificate is issued. This document is admissable in court as prima facie evidence of the facts stated in the history.

A written request is required for a Verified Certificate of Home Improvement Salesperson. Your written request should include as much information as you have on the salesperson (name, address, registration number, etc.). Allow about 3 weeks for a response.

Request for Copies

The Board can provide copies of public records or other records from which personal or confidential information, such as birth dates, Social Security numbers, residence addresses, experience records and financial information will be deleted.

Copies of investigation reports normally cannot be released. However, copies of legal actions, such as the formal case accusation and decision, or citations, may be provided.

Copies of the contractors bonds and other documents, with personal or confidential information deleted, may be obtained from a licensee’s file. There is a 10-cent-per-page charge for copies. Certification of a copied document costs $2 more. Licensees may request copies of documents from their own files without charge unless they want the copies certified. Subpoenas for any of the Board’s documents or records must be personally served on the Custodian of Records of the Contractors Board at the headquarters office location, 9821 Business Park Drive, Sacramento, 95827. If you want to request copies of documents or inquire about the availability of copies of specific types of documents, send a written inquiry to the Contractors State License Board at P.O. Box 26000, Sacramento, 95826.

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Request for General Status Letter

A General Status letter provides current information about a license. A fee of $8 must accompany your request for a General Status Letter. The Information includes the business name and address, classifications held, owners, partners, or officers and qualifying persons, and current standing. The General Status Letter does not contain license history or bonding information. Please allow 2 or 3 weeks for a response.

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Special Accommodation Request for Examination

In compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the CSLB provides “reasonable accommodations” for applicants with disabilities that may affect their ability to take required examinations. The “Special Accommodation Request for Examination” form must be completed by the applicant and submitted with the application.

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