State offices and all DLLR physical locations will be closed to the public November 26 through November 28, 2014. However, Unemployment Insurance telephone and Web operations WILL be available on Wednesday, November 26.

DLLR's Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing


Consumer Advice - Maryland Home Improvement Commission



  • To make sure the contractor you choose is licensed. It is a criminal offense to do home improvements without a license and there is no protection from the Guaranty Fund for the homeowner who uses an unlicensed contractor.
  • Find license status at our website


  • call 410-230-6309 or 1-888-218-5925. Ask if complaints have been filed against a contractor and whether they have been resolved or are still open.
  • Obtain complaint forms by phone or at our website
  • Obtain Guaranty Fund claim forms.

About Lead


  • Request references from prospective contractor-check them!
  • If the contractor is providing lead paint abatement services, see if the contractor is accredited to do this work. Call 410-537-3825.
  • Get a copy of the contractor’s current liability insurance certificate.
  • Always get a written contract.
  • Pay no more than 1/3 of the contract price as down payment.
  • If a building permit is needed, ask to see it before work starts.