Attention Contractors: Before providing services or commencing work in North Dakota, an individual or business must be licensed by the State. Failure to obtain appropriate state licensure may result in arrest, criminal prosecution, and/or civil penalties. Please review the checklist:
•Contractor Compliance Checklist
•Review Transient Merchant License information
A solicitation license is issued by the City of Bismarck Administration Office, 221 N 5th St, Bismarck (4th Floor).
$200.00 application fee, plus $25 per sales rep
Federal tax ID
Sales reps that are NOT local must apply for the transient merchant license through the ND Attorney General's Office. They must also provide us a copy of a picture ID.
Each application is sent to the Bismarck Police Department for background checks.
The Burleigh County Sheriff's Department sent a letter on July 27, 2011 to residents in the flooded areas to provide information regarding disasters scams, property protections, choosing contractors, and building permits. To view the information provided, please click here.
Choosing a Contractor (Source: ND Office of Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division)
- Warning Signs
- Quick Tips
All contractors must be licensed by the Secretary of State before they perform any work.
Contact the Secretary of State at 701-328-3665, or toll-free 1-800-352-0867, or check online
Disaster Scams (Source: ND Office of Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division)
- Common Scams
- Transient Merchants
- Right to Cancel
- Choosing a Contractor
Permits (When is a permit required?)
Benefits of Building Permits
A permit is required for the following projects. If you are unsure if your project requires a permit, please contact the Bismarck and Burleigh County Building Inspection Division at (701) 355-1465.
•Additions/ Renovations/ Remodels
Transient Merchants (Source: ND Office of Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division)
If someone comes to your door offering to do home repairs, ask to see the "Transient Merchant's License." All transient merchants must be licensed and bonded by the Licensing division of the Attorney General's office. You may be able to file a claim
against the bond if you have a problem with the product or service.
Contact the Licensing division at 701-328-2329 or check the current State Transient Merchant License holders online on the "License Holders" link.
Contact your local law enforcement agency immediately if the contractor cannot produce the transient merchant license.