The Nevada State Contractors Board (NSCB) is committed to ensuring the integrity and professionalism of the construction industry in Nevada. The NSCB has the responsibility to promote quality construction by Nevada licensed contractors through a regulatory licensing system designed to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

A criminal conviction is not an automatic barrier to licensure.

All applicants are required to submit fingerprints and background disclosure statements as part of the application process. For individuals with criminal backgrounds, Nevada conducts an individual case-by-case analysis and, if needed, board staff will interview applicants before making a recommendation or decision for denial of an application. In determining whether or not to deny an application based on a criminal history, the board typically looks at the following criteria.

Type of Offense

The nature and seriousness of the crime.

Recidivism Potential

The extent to which the occupation or profession might offer an opportunity to engage in further criminal activity of the same or similar nature.


The relationship of the crime to the ability, capacity or fitness required to perform the duties and discharge the responsibilities of the occupation.

Prior Offenses

The extent and nature of the person’s past criminal activity.


The age of the person at the time of the commission of the crime.

Time Passed

The amount of time that has elapsed since the person’s last involvement in the commission of a crime that resulted in a conviction.

Work History

The conduct and work activity of the person prior to and following the criminal activity.


Evidence of the person’s rehabilitation or rehabilitative efforts.